McLEAN, Va. – The Environmental Protection Agency has extended until Sept. 30 the deadline for dealers to complete a new survey on dealership energy use that could earn them national and local recognition.
The National Automobile Dealers Association is urging its members to complete the short survey, whose results will be used to produce a 1-to-100 ENERGY STAR performance scale, allowing dealerships to compare their energy use to other dealerships nationwide.
Dealerships with energy performance scores of 75 or higher will be eligible for an ENERGY STAR designation, receive national and local recognition through NADA’s Energy Stewardship Initiative with the EPA and learn additional ways to reduce energy use.
Since the NADA-EPA Energy Stewardship Initiative was launched in 2007, more than 800 dealerships have improved the efficiency of their facilities by reducing energy use 10 percent or more annually.
“By joining this initiative and investing in energy efficiency, dealers across the country have shown their commitment to going green,” said NADA Chairman Stephen W. Wade. “Improving the environment and reducing energy costs is a win-win.”
Dealership energy-reducing measures include investing in cutting-edge heating and cooling systems, using more efficient lighting and working smarter.
NADA members can access the survey by clicking here. It takes 30 minutes or less to fill out and must be completed and returned by Sept. 30, 2011. Responses will be kept strictly confidential. Please submit your completed survey via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to (703) 883-9494.
The National Automobile Dealers Association, founded in 1917, represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with about 32,500 franchises both domestic and international.