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Six Charlotte-based Hendrick Automotive Group dealerships – Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth (Georgia), Hendrick Chevrolet Cary (North Carolina), Hendrick Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Southpoint (Durham, North Carolina), Jeff Gordon Chevrolet (Wilmington, North Carolina), Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet (Charlotte, North Carolina) and Darrell Waltrip Buick GMC (Franklin, Tennessee) – have each been named General Motors-certified Green Dealers for 2017. 

These locations are six of the 74 dealerships to be certified by General Motors since the Green Dealer program launched in 2014. Each were selected after demonstrating a proven track record of supporting the automaker’s numerous environmental initiatives such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling and community outreach.

Some of the environmentally sustainable initiatives these dealerships have put in place include:

  • Extensive use of motion-detecting lighting controls and energy efficient exterior/interior lighting 
  • Sunlight-reflective white roofing and numerous ceiling fans help diffuse the heat load 
  • High-speed garage doors and programmable thermostats reduce conditioned-air loss
  • Energy Star equipment and Low-E windows are utilized throughout the building 
  • High-efficiency air compressors, water heaters and HVAC systems help reduce energy costs
  • Low-flow water fixtures, faucets and drought-resistant plants help limit water usage 
  • Plastic bottle waste is limited through bulk oil purchase and storage 
  • Packaging material and metal are recycled  
  • Waterborne paint and low-toxicity cleaning products are used throughout the body shops
  • A process is in place to help reduce paper usage and waste  

To apply for certification, dealerships complete a performance assessment that GM’s green dealer support team evaluates. The assessment covers 60 eco-friendly business practices across 10 categories. Dealerships must have a high percentage of these practices in place to earn certification. A dealer’s continuous improvement year after year will lead to ongoing annual recognition.

“GM has long been committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship, and we’re proud that our dealers share this commitment to serve and improve the communities where we work and live,” said Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of U.S. Sales Operations.

The Green Dealer program aligns with GM’s companywide efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. GM designed the program to encourage dealers to implement green initiatives as part of their operations, create a network for sharing best practices and help other dealers begin or advance their sustainability journey.

For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and www.generalmotors.green. For more information about Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, visit www.HendrickAuto.com.
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