Sustainability Provides Competitive Edge, GM Dealers Say
Certain Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships across the US are showing their environmental credentials as part of General Motorsâ€™ new Green Dealer Recognition program.
Participating dealers have proven track records in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling, on-site nature habitats and community outreach, GM says.
The program aligns with GMâ€™s companywide efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and green its supply chain. GM designed the program to encourage dealers to continue these voluntary sustainability efforts and build a network for sharing best practices.
â€śWithin just 24 hours of the programâ€™s launch, 66 dealerships signed up and began evaluating their performance against our criteria,â€ť said Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of US Sales and Service.
To date, 180 dealers have requested access to complete the performance assessment. GMâ€™s green dealer support team then validates and evaluates the submissions against specific criteria. A dealerâ€™s continuous year-over-year improvement will lead to ongoing annual recognition.
Eight dealers have achieved green dealer recognition for superior sustainability performance.
What drives these environmental upgrades? GM dealers cite four main reasons:
- Customers: Car buyers want more than fuel-efficient vehicles; they want to buy them from environmentally responsible companies. Sustainability provides a competitive edge.
- Operational efficiency: LED lighting slashes energy bills and native plantings reduce water costs.
- Employee motivation: Sustainable practices give employees a sense of pride.
- Community: The actions align operations with the beliefs and values of their communities.
GM shaped the initiative based on insights from dealers who participated in a pilot program. George Nunnally Chevrolet in Bentonville, Arkansas, encouraged the concept of sharing cost-effective activities that dealers could implement during remodels or new builds, such as installing LED lighting or capturing rainwater from a rooftop.
Late last year, Chevrolet said it is purchasing carbon credits worth up to $5 million to help 11 colleges across the US pay for energy efficiency-based carbon reductions and retiring the carbon credits to benefit the climate instead of using them to offset the emissions of Chevrolet vehicles or operations.
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