"Make A Statement, Plant A Tree" Campaign Launches April 27, 2007,
in Partnership with The National Arbor Day Foundation
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 2007--Washington Mutual, Inc.
(NYSE:WM), one of the nation's leading banks for consumers and small
businesses, announced today a new partnership with The National Arbor
Day Foundation to help replant America's national forests that have
been damaged by wildfires and other natural causes. In conjunction
with its year-long Make A Statement, Plant A Tree campaign, WaMu will
make a donation to the Foundation to plant a tree in a national forest
for every customer who chooses to receive their account statements
online rather than being mailed a paper statement.
WaMu customers can log into their accounts online at www.wamu.com
and choose to receive their statements online. If they do so during
the year-long campaign, not only will they be saving paper used in
producing their statements, they will also be helping plant a tree in
one of our nation's forests.
"The Make A Statement, Plant A Tree campaign reinforces WaMu's
commitment to earth-friendly initiatives," said Kerry Killinger,
WaMu's chairman and CEO. "This campaign is a great opportunity for our
customers to join us in reducing paper waste and replenishing our
planet's natural resources."
WaMu hopes to plant 1,000,000 trees in conjunction with this
"The potential positive impact to the environment of WaMu's
campaign is immense," said John Rosenow, president of The National
Arbor Day Foundation. "By eliminating the use of paper and planting
new trees, WaMu is addressing two issues simultaneously and will help
restore our nation's forests for future generations to enjoy."
Last year was the worst forest fire season on record, burning more
than 9.6 million acres of land and creating a need for planting
millions of trees in national forests around the country.
WaMu, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading
consumer and small business banks. At March 31, 2007, WaMu and its
subsidiaries had assets of $319.99 billion. The company has a history
dating back to 1889 and its subsidiary banks currently operate more
than 2,700 consumer and small business banking stores throughout the
nation. WaMu's press releases are available at
About The National Arbor Day Foundation
The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental
education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission
to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More
information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at
CONTACT: WaMu Media Contact:
Gary Kishner, 213-217-4006
SOURCE: Washington Mutual, Inc.