Cared for the Earth: Our Internal Sustainability Program
Our commitment to our communities includes sustainable solutions, environmental justice and partnerships in the environmental space. Here's what we accomplished internally in 2020:
Crafted Five Pillars
In 2020, our 25-person internal Sustainability team identified five pillars or goals. Several align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed as a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. The five pillars are:
1. Advancing equity and inclusion (social and environmental justice): Encourage and promote efforts at BECU that seek equity for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and marginalized communities.
2. Carbon reduction: Do our part to fight climate change through greening initiatives.
3. Master Use Plan alignment: Offer support and recommendations to the Master Use Planning Committee (a steering committee made up of our executive management team and several vice presidents guiding our Tukwila, Washington campus decisions).
4. Partnerships: Strengthen our rapport with local organizations in Tukwila, Washington and surrounding communities to establish partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
5. Leadership: Advocate for stronger social and environmental practices, partnerships and cultural change, leading BECU to become more sustainable within the community.
More 2020 Sustainability Highlights:
BECU's commute-reduction programs included EV charging stations for employees and members, which dispensed nearly 6,180 kWh of energy and saved them over $580. Ultimately, these stations helped save 2,595 kg of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to planting 67 trees and growing for 10 years. To encourage employee use of mass transportation, we offered Orca cards and the Last Mile Lyft Program, which helps employees reach their workplace from any mass transit locations within three miles.
We participated in the Earth Day Northwest #voicescarry2020 social media campaign, which offered interactive modes of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
For BECU's Tukwila-based campus's renovation and remodel, the Master Use Planning Committee is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, an internationally recognized "green" building certification.
BECU offsets our carbon footprint by roughly 2,000 tons annually by supporting local forest restoration projects through Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture Program. Trees were planted at 11 locations in Washington cities, including Carnation, Fall City, Marysville, Redmond, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila.
The financial well-being of our members and communities is intimately interconnected with the broader well-being of people around the world. Thank you, BECU, for broadening our vision!” —Steve S., BECU employee
Continue to the next section:
Read other sections of our 2020 Annual Report:
I. BECU + YOU
II. BECU + COMMUNITY
Federally insured by NCUA