1st Carbon-Neutral Car Dealership In World Is … Motorcars Honda In Ohio?

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The Cleveland Heights, Ohio–based car dealership Motorcars Honda was named the first carbon-neutral automotive dealership anywhere in the world at a recent awards ceremony in the city, according to a new press release.

The new “Carbon Neutral Award” status was granted by British Petroleum (BP), ironically, at an event “for more than 5,000 residents and businesses at Wade Oval in University Circle.”

What has Motorcars Honda done to date to deserve such a distinction? Apparently, it installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels as well as “LG VRF systems heating/cooling system, and LED lighting fixtures,” amongst other things.

“We are eliminating the carbon footprint for every new & used cars sold, all of our employees cars, parts truck, rental cars, shuttle van, and the owners personal travel tied to work,” stated Trevor Gile, Managing Partner at Motorcars Honda. “Five years ago, we never thought that we would be going down this path, but as our employees became more involved and concerned with the environment, we started to learn about some of the various options available to help.”

Here’s some background on the dealership: “Motorcars Honda is an automotive dealership in Cleveland Heights, OH. Founded in 1971. Motorcars Honda has received many awards including Honda’s Environmental Leadership Platinum Award — 1 of only 10 dealers in the country to win this award, Winner of 2015 Ohio Business of the Year (Green Energy of Ohio), Winner of 2016’s “Dealer of the Year” for Ohio (DealerRater) and ranked top 100 dealerships to work for in America (Automotive News), just to name a few.”

It’s hard to believe this is the first carbon-neutral car dealership in the world, but I guess that also makes a bit of sense.


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