Saving the World, One New Resource Employee at a Time
Not many banks encourage their employees to wear used or patched clothes. But at New Resource Bank, underwriting manager Matthew Beiler was given a prize and a favorable annual performance review for doing just that. Matt was a runner-up in the bank’s Sustainability Challenge, which encourages all employees to engage in activities that help protect the earth or contribute to the local community.
Sustainability Challenge winner Gabriela Selli’s chicken coop
The challenge is part of a Sustainability Engagement Program, in which employees acquire points for completing sustainability-focused activities. The points then account for a portion of their annual performance review. Suggested activities include volunteering at a non-profit, leading a sustainability-driven initiative at the bank, taking an online sustainability course, reading a book or watching a movie about sustainability, and more. According to Stephanie Meade, Director of Marketing & Culture, the program is, “a way for our employees to learn about and engage more deeply with sustainability by tying their engagement to their annual performance review.”
The program includes a Sustainability Challenge, during which employees choose one activity to dedicate themselves to over the course of a year. At the end of the year, participants present their challenge to the staff, who vote on the best and most impactful project. Last year’s winner, Operations & Banking Services Manager Gabriela Selli, built a chicken coop at her home together with her children. Selli explains, “This challenge not only provided our family with wonderful organic eggs, but has helped us teach our children about where their food comes from and how to take care of these beautiful animals.”
Winner Gabriela Selli’s chickens
Matthew Beiler was runner-up for buying no new clothes all year and creatively repairing worn out clothes. “My challenge for the year was to break the habit of perpetually purchasing new clothes and make do with what I had by not making any new purchases,” Matthew explains. “By the end of the year I was able to estimate my reduction in consumption compared to the year prior, which amounted to approximately 67,500 gallons of water, 150 lbs. of carbon emissions, and almost $2,000 saved. For 2017, I plan to further broaden my challenge by living an all-around more minimalistic lifestyle.”
Employee Matthew Beiler’s repurposed sweater
We look forward to seeing the creative and inspirational ways our colleagues work to protect the environment in 2017.