There’s green, and then, there’s Subaru green. That’s what you’ll find when you visit Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine, an on-site organic vegetable garden with compostable paper products and awe-inspiring recycling efforts, from tires to lightbulbs and lead weights.
The green efforts are so impressive, the dealership snagged Cox Automotive’s Sustainability Award at the 2016 Automotive News Best Dealerships to Work For celebration in mid-October. This annual award recognizes a dealership for outstanding community contributions and in-dealership sustainability programs related to waste reduction, energy consumption or water conservation. Additional focus is on innovation, creativity and engagement with the community and employees.
Patriot Subaru of Saco, a Subaru Eco-Friendly Dealer, developed a comprehensive green strategy to go from retailing to “greentailing,” built on four core aspects: Think Green, Act Green, Sell Green and Convey Green. A zero waste to landfill site, the dealership’s implemented a whopping 70+ tactics to promote green thinking, reduce energy consumption and encourage healthy living.
The standout changes include complimentary bike use, daily composting, zero irrigation landscaping, replacing the balloon displays to live hanging plants, recycling for lead weights that’ve been removed from wheels and the creation of a green committee. The team also planted a vegetable garden on-site, where they host weekend picnics.
Going the Extra Mile … or Two
The green programs affect every facet of the dealership. They ship all bubble wrap (plastic) back to shipper, replace bottled water with filtered water, use only Energy Star computer monitors and appliances throughout the building and work with trash contractors to assure a 100 percent recycle and separation policy.
Employees benefit from healthy living perks, such as the free use of an on-site gym, healthy lunch programs and walking groups. For their leadership in furthering its green business practices, Patriot Subaru of Saco will receive $20,000 to fund two sustainability projects, one at the dealership and another in partnership with a local community organization of its choice.
Kudos to Patriot Subaru for taking steps toward a greener tomorrow.