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May 3rd, 2011

CUs Partner to Clean Up The Arboretum

To celebrate Earth Day 2011, staff and members from SMCU partnered with the same from Verity Credit Union to help clean up the Washington Park Arboretum. Directed by the Student Conservation Association, volunteers spent the day eradicating invasive species that can threaten the health of the Arboretum ecosystem, as well as a host of other… (keep reading)


April 7th, 2011

Free Shred Day: April 23rd, 10am to 2pm

It’s back again, by popular demand. SMCU is celebrating Earth Day 2011 with a free Shred Day for members. This year we’ll be shredding at FIVE of our branch locations! What can I shred? If you have a box of sensitive documents you’ve been meaning to throw away, or a file cabinet full of paperwork… (keep reading)


April 7th, 2011

SMCU Celebrates Earth Day with Cooperation

Of all the Cooperative Principles, perhaps the most unusual and inspiring is Principle #6, Cooperation Among Cooperatives. When co-ops join forces, we accomplish some amazing things. What better time to celebrate cooperation for the greater good than on Earth Day!

On Saturday, April 23, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Verity Credit Union and Seattle REI will partner with the Student Conservation Association, UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a day of fun restoration projects at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Free one-of-a-kind event t-shirts for the first 50 SMCU members!!(keep reading)

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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

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)