The Subaru assembly plant in Indiana has now gone three years without taking out the trash and the corners of the building still haven't filled up. Actually all the waste in the SIA plant is either reused, recycled or used to generate electricity that is fed into the grid for the city of Indianapolis.

Many of the Legacys, Outbacks and Foresters built in Indiana are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (ninety percent less emissions than average new vehicles) and Subaru has sold 100,000 of those PZEVs. The area around the plant is also a designated wildlife habitat with all manner of critters including coyotes, herons, ducks and more calling the area home.

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[Source: Subaru] SUBARU CELEBRATES ENVIRONMENTAL MILESTONES

-- Company marks three years of zero landfill; sells 100,000th PZEV Vehicle--

CHERRY HILL, N.J., July 2, 2007 – Subaru is celebrating its three-year anniversary of zero landfill status at its manufacturing plant, Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) and the sale of its 100,000th PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions) vehicle.

Both milestones reflect the long-standing commitment Subaru has to safeguarding the environment that so many of its customers avidly enjoy.

"We are pleased to mark these milestones," said Tomohiko Ikeda, Chairman, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "At Subaru, we are committed to not only maintain an effective environmental management system, but also to integrate sound environmental practices throughout our business."

The Subaru plant in Indiana sends nothing to a landfill. That means, if this press release was printed and not recycled, it would result in more trash sent to landfills than the entire Subaru manufacturing operations. The Subaru plant was the first US auto plant to achieve zero landfill status, with all its waste being either reused, recycled or converted to electricity for the city of Indianapolis.

The Subaru plant is also a designated backyard wildlife habitat. Deer, coyotes, beavers, blue herons, geese, rabbits, squirrels, meadowlarks, ducks and other animals live there in peaceful coexistence with the Subaru plant.

Just last year, Subaru was awarded the U.S. EPA's Gold Achievement Award as a top achiever in the agency's WasteWise program to reduce waste and improve recycling.

Subaru also manufactures PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicles) certified Legacy, Outback and Forester models, available for sale anywhere in the U.S. The PZEV certified, normally aspirated, Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester models are SmartWay™ certified by the EPA. To date, Subaru has sold 100,000 Subaru PZEV vehicles, which have 90 percent cleaner emissions than the average new vehicle.

PZEV vehicles are the cleanest gasoline vehicles available today and they meet emissions standards that are sometimes even cleaner than some hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles. These vehicles have such tight pollution controls, with the burning of fuel so complete, that in very smoggy urban areas, exhaust out of the tailpipe can actually be cleaner than the air outside. For more information visit: www.epa.gov.


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