As Permaculture Credit Union members local to Santa Fe already know, State Employees Credit Union -- our landlord for the last 12 years -- has outgrown their Santa Fe Place branch and are moving into a new, larger building south on Cerrillos Road. State Employees has been a huge supporter of PCU and we have been fortunate to have been their tenant at Santa Fe Place since we opened our doors in 2000.
Though they offered it to us, the vacant space is much more than we need, so we have relocated to a new space about 1/2 mile away in the Office Court Complex.
Along with the move, we've also adjusted our office hours and will be opening earlier in the day. All of the particulars about the new office are provided below.
4001 Office Court Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87507
PO Box 29300
Santa Fe, NM 87592-9300
Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM
The Permaculture Credit Union (PCU) is the first and only credit union in the United States that operates exclusively within permaculture values. Established in 2000, the PCU pools the financial resources of people who believe in the ethics of permaculture - care of the earth, care of people, and reinvestment of surplus for the betterment of both. We apply these resources to earth-friendly and socially responsible loans and investments as well as providing educational opportunities to learn more about sustainable practices being developed around the country and the world.
“Permaculture is a positivistic response to the environmental crisis. That means it is about what we want to do and can do rather than what we oppose and want others to change.” — David Holmgren
Throughout history, financial institutions typically focus just on profit. Over time, this profit-above-all model has led to the exploitation of people and the Earth's resources. The Permaculture Credit Union was established not to decry the old systems but to create a new approach to financial investment. The PCU, through its members investing with conscience, creates opportunities for individuals, families, and small businesses so they may begin the steps in creating more sustainable lifestyles and business models.
Today, the Permaculture Credit Union nurtures the opportunities for more sustainable living and how to improve our community through:
- loans for environmentally sound projects including home energy improvement, small business support, and fuel efficient vehicles
- educational opportunities for youth, students, and the general public in the many ways permaculture values are creating more sustainable, financially sound ventures, lifestyles, and communities
- micro-loans to farmers through the Santa Fe Farmer's Market Institute and Permaculture Guild
To date we have given out 685 loans, accumulating in $15.2 Million, but we couldn’t do this without the support of our members. That is why we have launched a campaign to build our Capital Fund. To learn more about the Houston Campaign click here.