Tim Parker Chrysler, located in the Hot Springs National Park in central Arkansas, installed a 2,000-square-foot solar panel system on the dealership’s roof (pictured), making it one of the largest privately owned solar panel systems in the state, according to Chrysler. The dealership is one of 30 that Chrysler Group has recognized under the Dealer ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Program.
Chrysler chose this first group of dealerships based on data from online surveys and in-dealership photos. Seventy-five dealerships entered this inaugural Dealer ECO Program. The car manufacturer based selection on a dealership’s energy efficiency, waste recycling, wastewater control, bulk oil containment, vehicle lift maintenance and community relations program.
For example, Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Lancaster, Calif., has solar panels on carports that produce energy while providing protective cover for customers’ vehicles in for service. Milosch’s Palace Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Lake Orion, Mich. heats the dealership and separate body shop with used motor oil from customer oil changes, and Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Stigler, Okla. collects and recycles rainwater.
The 30 dealerships are located in 19 states, more than a third of them in California, New York and Michigan. The Chrysler Group Network Development organization and the company’s corporate sustainability office launched the Dealer ECO Program last year.
Chrysler is also a member of the of the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment, a partnership of more than 40 car manufacturers, their suppliers and the EPA. In 2010, Chrysler Group invested more than $35 million toward reducing facility emissions and enhancing resource conservation, according to its first sustainability report.