Environmental Sustainability

Sunrise Credit Union is committed to making responsible decisions that will reduce our impact on the environment.

One of our key successes to this point has been the transition to online, paperless banking with e-statements. This initiative has eliminated the printing of approximately 30,000 pieces of paper every month, a number that continues to grow as more of our members choose this option.

Also, Sunrise is moving toward a paperless environment with our ATMs, with several of them having already installed. These ATMs allow for deposits to be made without the use of envelopes, and also provide members the option of printing a receipt for their transaction.

The expansion of teleconferencing opportunities continues to be utilized. The ability to hold meetings and discussions via teleconferencing reduces the need for travel, and in a small way, helps reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of our other successes to this point include:

  • Hiring a Facilities Manager, whose responsibilities include assessing the environmental footprint of Sunrise branches.
  • Our IT department disposes of electronic equipment properly through the City of Brandon's E-waste recovery program.
  • Promotion and support of environmental initiatives and events in our communities.

Several of our branches also support community gardens. The Treherne branch created a garden area beside their building, planting apple trees, rhubarb, raspberry shrubs, and a variety of vegetables in raised beds. The staff took on the responsibility of watering, weeding, and maintaining the beds, with the produce from the "Sunrise Community Garden" in 2019 donated to the M.I.L.E.S. for Seniors Congregate Meal Program in Treherne.

Our Branches in Melita and Sandy Lake also support and helped maintain community gardens in their communities.

 

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