Ten percent reduction in energy use, conservation of water and recycling are at core of "green dealer" effort.
EVERETT, Wash. - March 21, 2013 - Klein Honda has earned the Honda Environmental Leadership Award and has been recognized by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. as a leader in the company's effort to reduce the environmental impact of Honda dealerships in communities around the nation. Klein Honda was among the first Honda automobile dealers to receive the award.
Klein Honda earned the award for achieving specific environmental targets, which include reducing total energy use at the dealership by at least 10 percent, developing a water conservation plan and implementing Honda's recycling program.
"We're extremely proud to be part of Honda's global effort to help preserve and protect the environment," said Tom Hunt, general manager at Klein Honda. "Our customers already benefit from owning a fuel-efficient Honda vehicle, but now they have the extra piece of mind, knowing that they're doing business with a local Honda dealer that is committed to reducing its environmental impact in the community."
Klein Honda has taken numerous steps to reduce its environmental impact and to earn the Honda Environmental Leadership Award, including vast water conservation and recycling efforts.
Honda introduced its new voluntary "green dealer" program to its U.S. dealers in the fall of 2011. The company uses a third-party evaluator to conduct environmental audits of participating dealers and recommend strategies for reducing their energy use.
Over the past three decades, Honda has been working to reduce the environmental impact of its products, manufacturing and logistics operations, and facilities in North America. These initiatives are reported annually in the company's North American Environmental Report. Expanding its environmental initiatives to its dealer body is the logical next step in the company's effort to reduce waste, energy use and CO2 emissions across the full spectrum of its operations and throughout the lifecycle of Honda products, including at the point of sale.
Klein Honda is a full-service Honda dealership, providing its customers in the Snohomish County, Marysville and the Seattle metro area with high-quality sales and service support since 1976. Klein Honda has been family-owned and operated since it opened its doors in 1976. Throughout its 37-year history, family values and great employees have allowed Klein Honda to become American Honda's No. 1 certified dealership in Washington State.
Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Honda has led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of America's greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for 11 out of the past 12 years. The company leads all automakers with 11 LEED-Certified "Green Buildings" in North America, and last year announced that 10 of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities have achieved zero waste to landfill.
In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, power sports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants. Today, the company is striving for even greater reductions in CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change, while also working to minimize waste, water use and the total environmental footprint of its operations worldwide.
(1) Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.