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Jackson, MI –American 1 Credit Union has once again been certified through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR program for nine of their buildings. The credit union has been certified since late 2020 and remains on track for energy efficiency.
To be certified as ENERGY STAR, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by the EPA. According to the EPA website, to be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, a building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher on EPA’s 1 – 100 scale, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.
ENERGY STAR-certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings.
“The American 1 facilities team worked extremely hard for several years to reduce our energy footprint,” said Sarah Miller, CFO of American 1. “Being a responsible corporate citizen in the communities we serve is important to us, and we look forward to finding additional ways to improve.”
Over the last few years, American 1 has had various energy efficiency upgrades, including upgraded energy efficient lighting, replaced outdated HVAC systems, and guidance to American 1 staff on reducing their energy footprint and cutting energy usage in branches.
In addition to being certified for the ENERGY STAR program, American 1 also received notice of approval for the Energy Star Certification Nation, a celebration for the 30th anniversary for Energy Star. To qualify, companies must have a minimum of 5 buildings with Energy Star Certification.
Established in 1950, American 1 Credit Union serves over 61,000 members with branches in Jackson, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Wayne counties. American 1 is proud to serve the members of their communities by creating financial wellness through personal everyday banking.