That means its new building — with its solar panels, high-efficient air conditioning and heating systems, LED lighting and recycled materials chronicled in Edmunds —offsets the carbon footprint for every new and used car it sells, the entire building, all employees' cars, its parts truck, shuttle vehicles or any other car used to get to and from the dealership.
Nearly 3,000 residents attended the award ceremony about two miles from the dealership in a neighborhood known as University Circle, Trevor Gile, general operations manager, told Edmunds.
The dealership also gave the University Circle district a $20,000 donation and offered guests the opportunity to win one of five large-screen TVs in a spinning-wheel game that educated the player on environmental concerns.
"This project really opened our eyes to our environmental footprint, so now others are reaching out to us to learn about it and we're honored to help," Gile said.
He's often asked to speak to groups who want to go green. It's happened so often, Gile created a marketing-and-consulting arm of the dealership business to help others embark on the journey.
"We started this with the idea of creating a canopy to keep snow and ice off our inventory but it grew from there," Gile said.
Edmunds says: A dealership has become a beacon for others by going green and industry experts are taking notice.