Going green isn’t going away any time soon. Last year, General Motors began the initiative to persuade its dealers to do just that: go green.
To date, GM is happy to announce 420 dealers have opted in to the program to help do their part for the environment. Since its launch in 2015, GM has awarded 38 “Green Dealer” certifications, including one to Lee Davis in Lexington, North Carolina.
Davis in particular has begun heating the dealership with used vehicle oil, and even buys lunch for staff with recycled soft drink can money. It all adds up.
“I didn’t upgrade our dealership just to be green, I did it because it makes business sense,” Davis said. “Although there are clear environmental benefits, there’s an equal boost to our bottom line and our workplace culture.”
The certification means dealers have implemented steps to reduce energy consumption, use renewable water resources and reduce waste-to-landfill production.
In Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Michael Payne, owner of Mountain Chevrolet, has installed an array of solar panels atop his dealership. This provides 40 kWh of solar energy to power the dealership, along with providing the juice needed to keep the EV charging station running. He plans an additional 50 kWh solar panel array to create a net-zero energy consumption during certain months later on.
GM helps dealers make the proper changes as well. An entire site is dedicated to helping its dealerships become a more environmentally friendly place. You can find additional info on what other dealers have done to earn a certification right here.