ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 23, 2013) – The National Credit Union Administration has received the ENERGY STAR certification for its Alexandria, Va., central office, Board Chairman Debbie Matz announced today.
“NCUA strives to be a leader in the area of environmental responsibility, efficiency and cost savings,” Matz said. “Being a model corporate citizen is one of my priorities for NCUA, and receiving the ENERGY STAR certification is a most satisfying accomplishment.
“Our greeNCUA initiative has promoted greater energy efficiency, waste reduction and other efforts to reduce NCUA’s environmental footprint.” Matz said. “Recent renovations to NCUA’s central office, including lighting system upgrades, helped the agency obtain the certification. In the last year, NCUA has reduced its electricity bills by about $7,000.”
NCUA received an overall rating of 86 on a scale of 100, exceeding government standards. The General Services Administration requires federal agencies leasing space outside a GSA-owned property to be in a building with an ENERGY STAR Performance Rating of at least 75. NCUA met all four necessary standards for certification in energy performance, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and illumination levels.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment through improved energy efficiency.
The ENERGY STAR certification is subject to annual renewal, and NCUA’s facilities staff is already at work to keep the agency’s rating for next year, Matz said.
NCUA is the independent federal agency created by
the U.S. Congress to regulate, charter and supervise
federal credit unions. With the backing of the full
faith and credit of the United States, NCUA operates
and manages the National Credit Union Share
Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of nearly 100
million account holders in all federal credit
unions and the overwhelming majority of
state-chartered credit unions. At
Pocket Cents, NCUA also educates the public on consumer protection and financial literacy issues.