Waterloo, Iowa: The Veridian Credit Union branch in Coralville has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council.
The branch's location at 704 Second Street in Coralville contributed to the certification, offering easy access to pedestrians, bicycles and public transportation lines.
Green power sources meet 67 percent of the branch's energy needs, while high-efficiency materials and sustainable building practices reduce the amount of energy it uses. The benefits are environmental and financial, reducing rainwater run-off that enters the city's storm water system, cutting potable water waste and creating a 20 percent energy cost savings.
"Veridian is becoming greener as an organization, so when we decided to open our Coralville branch, implementing green practices was a natural fit," said Mark Koppedryer, Veridian's Vice President of Branches. "Veridian is dedicated to reducing our footprint on the environment."
Veridian partnered with Primus Construction, Inc. in 2011 to build the branch. Seventy-five percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills, which also contributed to the branch earning LEED certification.
About Veridian Credit Union
Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. The credit union offers a full range of consumer financial services and employs more than 500 Iowans throughout 26 branches, including five locations in the Cedar Rapids area and two in the Iowa City/Coralville area. For more information, visit www.veridiancu.org or call (800) 235-3228.