“Green” Dealers Making a Difference
The Honda Environmental Leadership Award and Acura Environmental Leadership Award are presented to our automobile dealers who have demonstrated a significant and measurable commitment to the environment.
The program is based on a comprehensive set of environmental best practices designed by Honda specifically for auto dealerships.
Through a process of assessment and recommendations, Honda provides dealerships with a customized blueprint to reduce energy use, water use, and waste. The program takes into consideration the age and size of the dealership facility, and prioritizes recommendations to cost-effectively reduce the facility’s environmental impact.
To be considered for the award, dealers must implement measures to verifiably reduce their environmental impact which, depending on the dealer, may include the installation of solar panels, high-efficiency and motion-activated lighting; replacement of older air-conditioning and heating systems with newer energy-efficient units; and the addition of rainwater-collection systems and native vegetation to reduce irrigation water use.
The award criteria are based on a rigorous points system that incorporates relevant environmental improvement measures, as well as a demonstrated reduction in energy consumption. Dealers can receive a maximum of 171 points.
The Honda Environmental Leadership Program offers three award levels – Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
- Silver-level dealers must achieve a 10% reduction in total energy use and meet a threshold of 30 points.
- Gold-level dealers must achieve a 30% reduction in total energy use and meet a threshold of 45 points.
- The top-level Platinum dealers must achieve a 50% reduction in total energy use and meet a threshold of 60 points. Dealerships who earn LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council or become Electric Grid Neutral* automatically qualify for the Platinum Award.
The award is valid for three years, after which time award recipients will be re-evaluated for their continued environmental performance.
The required 10% energy reduction is in line with the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Award/National Automobile Dealers Association program.
Dealers have taken a number of steps to reduce their environmental impact, including replacing their lighting with low-energy lamps, installing motion sensors that turn lights off when not in use, replacing older air-conditioning and heating systems with newer, more energy-efficient equipment, installing solar panels, adding rainwater-collection systems and planting native vegetation to reduce irrigation water use.
*Electric Grid Neutral means that the dealer produces as much as or more energy from renewable energy sources than it consumes from its local electric utility over a one-year period.
Honda Environmental Leadership Award Recipients
Honda – Platinum Level (5)
Rossi Honda (Vineland, NJ) (1st Electric Grid Neutral dealer in US)
Underriner Honda (Billings, MT)
Honda of Burleson (Burleson, TX)
Headquarter Honda (Clermont, FL)
Planet Honda (Union NJ)
Honda – Gold Level (4)
Joe Morgan Honda (Monroe, OH)
Autofair Honda (Manchester, NH)
Roswell Honda (Roswell, NM)
University Honda (Davis, CA)
Honda – Silver Level (14)
Rock Honda (Fontana, CA)
Diamond Honda (City of Industry, CA)
Sierra Honda (Monrovia, CA)
Klein Honda (Everett, WA)
Voss Honda (Tipp City, OH)
Nardy Honda (St. James, NY)
Curtiss Ryan Honda (Shelton, CT)
Jim Coleman Honda (Clarksville, MD)
East Coast Honda (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Vatland Honda (Vero Beach, FL)
Continental Honda (Countryside, IL)
Saratoga Honda (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Honda Cars of Boston (Everett MA)
Freedom Honda (Colorado Springs, CO)
Acura Environmental Leadership Award Recipients
Acura – Gold Level (1)
Northeast Acura (Latham, NY)
Acura – Silver Level (5)
Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, CA)
McDaniels Acura (Columbia, SC)
Acura of Peabody (Peabody, MA)
Acura by Executive (North Haven, CT)
Smithtown Acura (St. James, NY)
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