Lake Trust Credit Union Earns Environmental Award

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From Recycling to LEED Certification, Credit Union’s Expanding Practice of Green Tactics Wide-Ranging

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The generosity shown by our employees responsibly recycling good-quality but outdated clothing is a great example of Lake Trust’s enduring emphasis on being community-minded, as well as a growing awareness of how our practices can preserve resources.

Lake Trust Credit Union was recently awarded Cintas Document Management Company’s annual Environmental Award for its document recycling efforts. The Award is presented to the company’s top 30 customers from its pool of 4,000.

“Over the past 12 months, Lake Trust has saved 425 trees, nearly 75 cubic yards of landfill space, and 175,000 gallons of water through recycling,” said Cintas General Manager, David Chase. “Responsible disposal of waste paper takes extra time and effort. We’re proud to recognize Lake Trust’s commitment to careful consumption with this award for the second consecutive year.”

The credit union’s focus on recycling is growing. Recently, Lake Trust expanded its paper recycling program by adding its remaining 14 branches in the Greater Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, and Lakeshore areas.

Lake Trust is applying the philosophy of good stewardship in other ways as well. The credit union will open its first LEED-certified branch later this year on the site of a former brown field property. The building will use materials made from recycled water bottles, junked cars, and regional natural stone. Drought resistant, self-supporting, native plants will eliminate the need for irrigation.

“From the beginning, our Project Team has been focused on being environmentally-conscientious. Thoughtful planning is turning this empty lot into a 1st class branch that will serve more than 15,000 members every month. Projects like this one contribute to the local economy while preserving natural resources,” said Stephan L. Winninger, Lake Trust’s CEO.

After Lake Trust Credit Union’s formation in April of this year, disposal of the former NuUnion Credit Union and Detroit Edison Credit Union’s outdated logo wear was done creatively and thoughtfully. Rather than simply throwing out the clothing, Lake Trust had a logo clothing drive across its 21-branch system. Staff’ donations of more than 323 pounds of clothing were shipped to a major Goodwill Industries Distribution Center in Wisconsin. Funds generated by sales of the clothing through its retail thrift stores in Chicago and Southeastern Wisconsin will be used to support the many human services programs operated by the charity.

William J. Thiess, President of Lake Trust commented, “The generosity shown by our employees responsibly recycling good-quality but outdated clothing is a great example of Lake Trust’s enduring emphasis on being community-minded, as well as a growing awareness of how our practices can preserve resources.”

Lake Trust Credit Union, as Michigan’s fourth largest credit union and headquartered in Lansing, stretches from Lake Michigan to Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. More than $1.6 billion in assets and 21 branches strong, Lake Trust provides its almost 158,000 members best-in-class products and offers individualized, trust-based member service. Membership is open to anyone within its 35-county service area. Learn more about Lake Trust Credit Union at laketrust.org.

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