articles from April 2010

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April 26th, 2010

Spring is here!

It’s springtime in Western Washington. Dreary-eyed Seattleites shed their fleece and flannel and emerge blinking and incredulous into the sunshine that glimmers all around. The sweet, dewy breeze gently wafting over Puget Sound induces feelings of boundless possibility. The Mariners confidently reclaim the field, motorists swerve in confusingly facile driving conditions, and of course, SMCU… (keep reading)


April 23rd, 2010

Recycling Electronic Waste

Personal electronics, such as computers and cell phones, make our lives easier. They allow us to be in touch wherever we are and access information we wouldn’t have been able to even twenty years ago. As these tools are replaced and discarded, they can cause major problems. Most electronic devices contain toxic chemicals, like lead,… (keep reading)


April 22nd, 2010

Reminder: Shared Branching Changes 6/1/2010

Don’t forget, beginning June 1, 2010, SMCU will no longer accept shared branching transactions at any branch locations except Seattle City Hall. SMCU members will still be able perform shared branching transactions at other participating credit unions and shared branching service center locations. What is Shared Branching? Shared branching is a network through which credit… (keep reading)


April 22nd, 2010

Earth Day Turns 40

Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Initiated in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was envisioned as both a means to educate people about environmental issues and a vehicle to bring about changes in environmental political policy. Earth Day has become an internationally recognized event and, according to the Earth Day… (keep reading)


April 21st, 2010

Online Services Reduce Paper

Everyone is concerned with saving paper, with good reason. Reducing the amount of paper generated by everyday tasks can have a big impact on the utilization of forest and water resources and can help keep landfills from overwhelming their environments. According the Environmental Defense Fund[1]: The pulp and paper industry is the third largest consumer… (keep reading)


April 20th, 2010

SMCU Practices Green Business

Members of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union are concerned about protecting their communities’ natural resources. This same commitment to responsible environmental stewardship is reflected in the way SMCU does business. For example, SMCU no longer provides bottled water for board meetings and conferences, to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated. Employees now have food waste… (keep reading)


April 19th, 2010

Green Loan Options at SMCU

SMCU is dedicated to the philosophy of leaving things better than we found them.  One way we do that is by offering incentives for our members to look for green options when getting a loan. When you buy a car that runs on hybrid-electric power or gets better than 25 miles per gallon in the… (keep reading)