Making a Difference
Lithia dealerships live our core value to Take Personal Ownership by continuously looking for ways to improve their sustainability practices and their communities. What follows are just a few examples of those efforts.
A Leader in Sustainability
We are very proud of our dealerships for being sustainable leaders in the automotive industry. In 2019, BMW of Ramsey was recognized by Cox Automotive with the annual Leader in Sustainability Award.
“Cox Automotive is proud to recognize BMW of Ramsey for raising the bar on sustainability standards and implementing practices that make a difference,” said Sandy Schwarts, Cox Automotive President. “It’s great to see this level of commitment to community and the environment by one of the largest dealerships in the country.”
BMW of Ramsey strives to run a dealership that the community can be proud of. Not only does the store participate in community service projects, but they have a strong focus on conservation and recycling.
This location has rooftop solar panels, auto shutoff lights, and exterior LED lighting. An interior LED lighting upgrade is currently in the works and is expected to be completed in July 2020. These initiatives save approximately 193,400 kilowatt hours of energy annually, resulting in the offset of 151 tons of carbon annually, equivalent to the carbon sequestered by nearly 200 acres of U.S. forests.
“ Cox Automotive is proud to recognize BMW of Ramsey for raising the bar on sustainability standards and implementing practices that make a difference. It’s great to see this level of commitment to community and the environment by one of the largest dealerships in the country. ”
Cox Automotive President
Subaru Eco-Friendly Dealerships
Six of our Subaru dealerships — Reno Subaru, Great Falls Subaru, Subaru of Spokane, Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek, Carbone Subaru of Utica, and Carbone Subaru of Troy — have taken the initiative to qualify for The Subaru Eco-Friendly Retailer Program. This is a voluntary program designed for retailers who want to make a positive impact on their communities and local environment.
The program focuses on five key areas:
• Energy Efficiency
• Water Conservation
• Waste Management
• Community Involvement
Honda Acura Environmental Leadership Program
Ten of our Honda and Acura dealerships have earned the Honda or Acura Environmental Leadership Award for their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their dealerships. These dealerships have implemented several environmental best practices such as proper building envelope insulation to minimize heat gain and loss, energy-efficient HVAC systems, energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting, designated recycling areas, water-efficient systems and more. Dealerships must also reduce energy consumption by 10 percent for the silver award or 30 percent for the gold award.
Reno Subaru Tree Planting
Lithia Reno Subaru, an eco-friendly Subaru retailer, donated and planted 20 trees in a local park in Sparks, Nevada.
More than 20 employees came out during their workday to volunteer and plant the trees. They worked with park rangers to determine which type of tree would thrive in the native soil of Northern Nevada’s harsh climate while also providing the best shade for summer soccer players. The trees will also provide additional bird habitat and contribute to cleaner air for the local community.
Lithia Reno Subaru is the number one Subaru dealership in the U.S. and is dedicated to giving back to the community it serves.