Committed to making sure we do our part to help our environment, General Motors has recently given us the Green Dealer Recognition Award for our initiatives in energy reduction, renewable energy, water conservation, waste-to-landfill reduction, and community outreach programs. Not an easy achievement, Ballweg in Sauk City is extremely proud to have been awarded this prestigious honor.
HOW DOES THIS HELP THE ENVIRONMENT?
By reducing our waste output and making a few simple changes, GM has been able avoid 388,000 metric tons of carbon emission, saving $73 million in energy costs.
HOW DOES A DEALERSHIP QUALIFY?
To receive certification, all eligible dealerships must complete a ten-category assessment that covers 60 eco-friendly business practices. Take a look below at the initiatives we’ve developed that helped get us the GM Green Dealership Award.
Energy efficient exterior and interior lighting is used extensively
Motion detection lighting controls are used extensively
A white roof is installed to reflect sun light and reduce heat load
Skylights/Light Tubes/Clearstory Windows are used to make use of natural light
Programmable thermostats are being used to reduce HVAC cost
Windows are Low-E to reduce heat gain in showroom
Ceiling fans are used to circulate air for employee comfort and reduced energy cost
Waste oil heaters are used to reduce fuel cost
Low flow water fixtures and faucets are used extensively to reduce water usage
Reusable drink containers are used to reduce waste to landfill
Bulk oil purchase and storage reduces plastic bottle waste
Air hand dryers are used to reduce the use of paper towels
Recycle Containers are present throughout the dealership
Drought resistant plants are used to reduce water usage
Plants in the showroom and office area improve air quality
Dealership sponsors environmental activities to educate the community
An environmental (green team) works on eco-friendly improvements
HOW MANY DEALERSHIPS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED?
One of 450 dealerships to have qualified for the GM Green Dealership Award, we are among the Chevrolet dealerships in the United States on this elite list.
WHAT IS THE GM GREEN DEALER PROGRAM?
The GM Green Dealers program awards dealers that voluntarily improve environmental performance in a way that delivers cost savings, differentiates them from the competition, and improves employee work environments. Areas of consideration include: