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June 13, 2012

St. Mary's Bank pledges to go green

MANCHESTER — St. Mary's Bank, which has a branch office in Londonderry, recently took the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce's Green Pledge, earning a "Green Business" designation for its demonstrated commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices.

The credit union has several long-term green initiatives in place, but its newly renovated branch office and education center at 48 Perimeter Road in Manchester is what really put the nonprofit financial institution over the top under the Green Pledge's program criteria.

Some of the building's green features include "smart" systems to conserve energy and water, automatic lighting, and special sites for recycling a range of office products.

"The environment is part of the community we serve, and our new office demonstrates just how seriously we take our responsibility to conserve resources," said Robert DesMeules, St. Mary's Bank chief financial officer. "Going green is also an effective way to control costs, and that's a good thing for any business. I encourage every company to take the pledge — it's an eye-opening opportunity that yields many benefits for both the environment and the bottom line."

St. Mary's Bank has implemented a number of green initiatives in recent years, from a 'Going Paperless' campaign to support Conservation New Hampshire to participation in the Green Light Energy Efficient Loan Program.

"One of the great things about taking the Green Pledge is that it gives us an opportunity to exchange ideas on green practices with other area businesses," DesMeules said.

Founded in 1908, St. Mary's Bank is the nation's first credit union. Headquartered in Manchester, the bank has branches in Manchester, Hudson, Londonderry, Milford and Nashua. Call 1-888-786-2791 or visit stmarysbank.com for more information.

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