Fitzgerald Auto Malls in Montgomery County, Maryland, has become the first auto dealership in the US to become an EPA Green Power Partner Member, for its record level of recycling.
Fitzgerald Auto Malls also is the first automotive dealership group in North America to become ISO 14001 certified, the highest recognition available for quality management with a focus on the environment.
The dealership group recycles more than 80 percent of all solid waste generated, which is 42 percent higher than the national average for businesses.
Montgomery County requires 50 percent recycling, and Fitzgerald far exceeds that. In the past year, Fitzgerald has diverted more than 2,600 tons of waste from the landfill.
"We maintain an Environmental Management System that goes beyond simply meeting environmental laws and regulations," said Jack Fitzgerald, CEO and founder of Fitzgerald Auto Malls. "It extends to our everyday practices and business decisions."
Recently, the company received its 8th Annual Environmental Award from the city of Gaithersburg for its responsible environmental stewardship.
In addition to recycling, all electricity at Fitzgerald facilities is purchased from renewable green energy sources, and there is 100 percent wind power at all of the dealerships in Maryland.
Fitzgerald Auto Malls sell most auto brands, including (alphabetically) Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler Dodge, GMC, Hyundai, Jeep, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Ram, Scion, Subaru, Toyota and VW, at dealerships in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Florida.
The world's first and only LEED certified green auto manufacturing facility is the VW factory in Chattanooga, which is powered in part by a huge solar power installation.
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