ATLANTA, Oct. 13, 2016 – Cox Automotive presented its Leader in Sustainability Award to Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine at the 2016 Automotive News Best Dealerships to Work For celebration this week.
Presented by Grace Huang, senior vice president of Inventory Services for Manheim North America, this annual award recognizes a dealership for outstanding community contributions and in-dealership sustainability programs related to waste reduction, energy consumption or water conservation, with a focus on innovation, creativity and engagement with community and/or employees.
“We congratulate Patriot Subaru of Saco for paving the way as a good corporate citizens and demonstrating a commitment to shaping a better world through sustainable business practices,” said Huang. “The dealership’s comprehensive, deep-rooted environmental and community programs embody the spirit of this award.”
Patriot Subaru of Saco, a Subaru Eco-Friendly Dealer, developed a comprehensive green strategy to go from retailing to “greentailing,” built on four cornerstones: Think Green, Act Green, Sell Green and Convey Green. A zero waste to landfill site, the dealership has implemented more than 70 tactics to promote green thinking, reduce energy consumption and foster healthy living, including complimentary bike use, daily composting, zero irrigation landscaping and the creation of a green committee. The team also planted a vegetable garden on-site where they host weekend picnics.
On the community service front, Patriot Subaru of Saco participates in Subaru of America’s “Love Promise,” a commitment to partner with local non-profit education, health, environment and animal organizations. Annually between mid-November and the New Year, Subaru donates $250 to charity for every new Subaru sold nationwide. Patriot Subaru also supports charities such as Preble Street through food drives and monetary donations, and hosts quarterly blood drives for its employees and the community.
For their leadership in promoting green business practices and making a difference through community service, 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. The dealership will also receive an energy audit, performed by Cox Conserves engineers.
“We are honored to receive the Cox Automotive Leader in Sustainability Award in recognition of our green strategy,” said Brian Beattie, general manager of Patriot Subaru of Saco. “We look forward to continuing our greentailing initiatives at the dealership and in our community through the support of Cox Automotive.”
As a division of Cox Enterprises, Cox Automotive participates in the national Cox Conserves sustainability program. The vision of Cox Conserves is to create positive environmental change in communities by operating in ways that reduce the company’s impact and inspire employees, customers, suppliers and partners.
About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, Xtime® and a host of other brands. The global company has 33,000 team members in more than 200 locations and is partner to more than 40,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, while engaging U.S. consumer car buyers with the most recognized media brands in the industry. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues of $18 billion and approximately 60,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.
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