GreenState Credit Union Partnering with Trees Forever on New Initiative

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (Dec. 10, 2019) – GreenState has teamed up with Trees Forever on a three-year initiative to plant a tree for every new member that joins the credit union.

This initiative, titled Grow Green, will begin in 2020, and is one of the many ways GreenState continues to give back to the community. Trees Forever is an Iowa-grown non-profit whose mission is to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community and promoting stewardship. New credit union members will be tracked and Trees Forever will involve volunteers and work with local and statewide partners to plant trees in public spaces.

“With our new brand, we feel this is an excellent opportunity to make our green state a little greener,” commented Jim Kelly, GreenState’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Based on past performance, we project to add roughly 60,000 members over the next three years, so we hope for a meaningful impact.”

“We’re delighted to plant trees on behalf of new members of GreenState Credit Union, continuing our long partnership,” states Shannon Ramsay, President/CEO of Trees Forever. “Trees provide an amazing package of benefits—not only for humans but for all life on planet Earth. Trees Forever will focus on native trees in strategic locations for improved air and water quality, wildlife habitat and recreational areas such as parks and along trails.”

GreenState Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative with 19 office locations. Since being organized in 1938, GreenState has grown to be the largest credit union in Iowa with over $5.8 billion in assets and 200,000 members. Membership is open to anyone living or working in Iowa and 10 Illinois counties. You are also eligible if you are a University of Iowa student, staff, or alumni, direct relative of a current member or join the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC).


Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization nationally headquartered in Marion, Iowa. We are dedicated to planting trees, encouraging volunteer and youth involvement and environmental stewardship. For 30 years, we’ve been planting a better tomorrow. For more information, visit or call 800-369-1269.

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