Honda Program Honors ‘Green Dealers’

Cars are going ‘green’. So are auto manufacturers. Why not the retailers that sell us our cars?

Honda figures that makes perfect sense so it has launched its new Environmental Leadership Awards for designated ‘Green Dealers.’ The program honors independently-owned Honda dealers that have reduced their environmental impact by reaching specified thresholds of decreased water use, implementation of a comprehensive recycling program and, in the case of Honda’s Platinum award, earning LEED certification from the US. Green Building Council. The minimum 10 percent energy reduction required for an award is in line with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Award / National Automobile Dealers Association program.

According to Honda, 10 Honda and Acura dealers have already received the award while 18 more have applied to be in the program. Impressively, more than 200 dealers have independently developed initiatives to  reduce their environmental impact. The first dealer to achieve the highest Platinum Level award is Headquarters Honda of Clermont, FL. Silver Level honorees include Acura of Peabody (Peabody, MA), Diamond Honda (City of Industry, CA), Honda of Burleson (Burleson, TX), Joe Morgan Honda (Monroe, OH), McDaniels Acura (Columbia, SC), Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, CA), Rock Honda (Fontana, CA), Rossi Honda (Vineland, NJ), and Voss Honda (Tipp City, OH).

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