By Sun Times News staff
LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter has gone green and is being honored for its efforts.
For the fourth year in a row, LaFontaine Chevrolet of Dexter was honored by General Motors as a certified Green Dealer.
The Dexter dealership said it’s excited to be honored because this is a coveted award for something they take very seriously.The Dexter dealership at 7120 Dexter Ann Arbor Road is one of only 272 GM dealerships nationwide recognized for eco-friendly efforts.
“Going green isn’t just the best way to go,” Ryan LaFontaine said in a company statement. “It’s the only way to go.”
Because of its environmental credentials, the dealership was recently officially named a 2018 General Motors certified Green Dealer.
According to a GM statement, “LaFontaine Chevrolet of Dexter has a proven track record in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling, onsite nature habitats and community outreach.
The Dexter dealership has a number of green practices in place on site, including: energy use reduction, waste to landfill reduction, workplace environment, management practices, renewable energy, nature habitat, community outreach, recycle reuse re-purpose, water conservation and HVAC.
GM said in statement about LaFontaine that the Green Dealer program aligns with its company-wide efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. GM said it 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
To apply for certification, GM said 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, a released statement.