In a financial economy where most consumers are worried simply about their money’s security, member-owners of Santa Fe, New Mexico-based Permaculture Credit Union know that they’re securely investing in sustainability for their communities as well.
Established in 2000, the Permaculture Credit Union was specifically designed not just as a financial institution but as a responsible, sustainable business model that focused on saving members’ money while also saving natural resources. With more than 1020 members from around the country, the credit union specializes in responsible lending in areas that promote environmental sustainability including alternative home construction, fuel-efficient vehicles, sustainable and organic farming, energy efficient home upgrades and lending for energy and water capture systems.
On Thursday, May 6th, the Permaculture Credit Union (pcuonline.org) will celebrate its decade of success with a community celebration at the (LEED Gold Certified) Santa Fe Community Convention Center. With a theme of “Going Way Beyond Sustainability,” the three-hour event is open to the community from 6 pm to 9 pm, free to attend and will feature a keynote address from author and global eco-entrepreneur Gunter Pauli.
Pauli, whose latest title “The Blue Economy: 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs,” is being published April 26 by Taos-based Paradigm Publications, will be signing books at the event following his address.
The event, co-sponsored by the Northern Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, Permaculture Guild, Natural Investments Services LLC, Social Enterprise Associates, Harmonic Ecological Design, Cowgirl Catering, Bike to Work, Paradigm Publications, The Alternative House, Permaculture Activist Magazine, Guadalupe Credit Union, Permaculture Institute, Plants of the Southwest, RSF Social Finance, State Employees Credit Union, Santa Fe Alliance, Santa Fe Farmer's Market Institute, Slow Money Alliance and the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network will also feature live music by Atomic Grass, a children’s activity corner and informational booths about sustainability programs and projects in the community.
Questions about event attendance can be directed to pcustaff[.]pcuonline.org or 505-954-3479.
Pre-event and informational interviews with credit union executives, board members, owner-members, sponsor organizations and Gunter Pauli are available by contacting Betsy Model. JPG images of the event’s logo, of Mr. Pauli and of the cover artwork for “The Blue Economy: 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs” are also available upon request.