The company may be best known for tire-melting Hemi engines, but at least some of its dealerships are showing some love for the environment.

Chrysler, which launched a program last year to commemorate its most eco-friendly dealers, has named its first batch of 30 winners as part of its Dealer ECO (that stands for Environmentally Conscious Operations) Program.

The U.S. automaker awarded five dealers in Michigan as well as three dealerships each in New York and California among the 30. One Arkansas dealership was rewarded for having a 2,000-square-foot solar-panel system on its roof (pictured), while another, in Michigan, was singled out for using used motor oil to heat the facility.

In all, the dealers were noted for their energy efficiency, oil containment, waste recycling and community involvement. And each of the dealers received a bamboo plaque commemorating their achievements.
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Chrysler Group LLC Recognizes 30 Dealerships for Environmentally Conscious Operations
  • Thirty Chrysler Group dealerships recognized for demonstrating environmental responsibility in daily operations
  • Eight of the 30 dealerships have implemented one or more major environmental initiatives
  • Chrysler Group to share best practices across dealer network
  • New Dealer ECO Program to recognize dealers annually for environmental commitment
May 8, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Tim Parker Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Hot Springs, Ark., is one of 30 dealerships that Chrysler Group LLC has recognized for their unwavering commitment to environmentally friendly and energy-efficient business practices.

This is the first group of dealers to be recognized under the new Dealer ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Program launched last year by the Chrysler Group Network Development organization and the Corporate Sustainability Office. The new program provides Chrysler Group dealers with the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to ECO business practices and to be recognized for their efforts.

Tim Parker Chrysler, located adjacent to the Hot Springs National Park in central Arkansas, installed a 2,000-square-foot solar panel system on the dealership's roof, one of the largest, privately owned solar panel systems in the state. More than 100 solar panels enable the dealership to dramatically reduce its electricity usage and carbon dioxide emissions.

Tim Parker Chrysler's solar panel system qualified as a major ECO initiative. Eight of the 30 Chrysler Group dealers implemented one or more major ECO initiatives. For example, Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Lancaster, Calif., has solar panels on carports that produce energy while providing protective cover for customers' vehicles in for service; Milosch's Palace Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Lake Orion, Mich., heats the dealership and separate new body shop with used motor oil from customer oil changes; and Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Stigler, Okla., collects and recycles rainwater.

"The Dealer ECO Program is a vital initiative that supports Chrysler Group's commitment to creating a sustainable enterprise," said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development & Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. "We commend these dealerships for their efforts and look forward to sharing their examples with others in order to expand and strengthen our shared commitment to sustainability."

The 30 Chrysler Group dealerships are located in 19 states, more than a third of them in California, New York and Michigan. To commemorate their achievements, Chrysler Group recently presented each dealership with a bamboo display plaque and dealership employees with flash drives encased in bamboo.

The 30 dealerships were chosen for recognition by Network Development and the Corporate Sustainability Office based on data gleaned from dealership online surveys and in-dealership photos. Seventy-five dealerships entered this inaugural Dealer ECO Program.

Selection was based on a dealership's major ECO initiatives, energy efficiency, waste recycling, wastewater control, bulk oil containment, vehicle lift maintenance and community relations program.

The 30 dealerships and locations are:
Milosch's Palace Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Lake Orion, Mich.
Sterling Heights Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Sterling Heights, Mich.
Harold Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Grandville, Mich.
Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Wayland Chrysler, Wayland, Mich.
L. T. Begnal Motor Co., Kingston, N.Y.
Lessord Chrysler Products, Sodus, N.Y.
Rockland Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Nanuet, N.Y.
Glendora Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Glendora, Calif.
Swift Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Davis, Calif.
Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Lancaster, Calif.
Berthod Motors, Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Pro Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Denver, Colo.
Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Tacoma, Wash.
Enumclaw Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Enumclaw, Wash.
Westport Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Lawrenceville, Ill.
Cavanaughs' Motors, Monmouth, Ill.
Tom O'Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Indianapolis, Ind.
Spitzer Motor City, Cleveland, Ohio
Fury Motors Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, South St. Paul, Minn.
Jones Chrysler, Bel Air, Md.
Foster Motors, Middlebury, Vt.
Iowa County Chrysler, Barneveld, Wis.
Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Va.
Deluxe Motors, Miles City, Mont.
Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Sandy, Utah
Dadeland Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Miami, Fla.
Tim Parker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Hot Springs, Ark.
Mack Massey Chrysler Jeep Dodge, El Paso, Texas
Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Stigler, Okla.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      "using used motor oil to heat the facility." How exactly is this green? Is the smoke being treated at all? Motor oil is filthy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who did this solar array installation? Does anyone else see what's wrong with this picture?
        Chris Rogge
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am the Director of Solar Design at Cromwell Environmental and I designed and installed the solar array at Tim Parker Chrysler. I am also a dedicated car fan and Autoblog reader. We installed this system in the winter of last year and this photo was taken from a rented scissor lift around 5:00 PM right after we laid the last panel on the roof. I would have loved to have taken the picture in the middle of the day, but we did not have the lift rented for the next day. Believe me, this system has zero shade problems. While pitching panels to match latitude used to be the best way to mount expensive panels, the times have changed. Pitching the panels on this roof, where the roof perlins are 5' apart would have cost a tremendous amount in materials and labor. It would also have required a lot more roof space to allow for inter-row shading . The wind loading increases dramatically, as well. This is a grid-tied system, so we are going after the best annual output for the installed cost. Mounting the panels flush to a roof with a low pitch to the South, or even East and West is very cost-effective. If we need to produce more power in the year, we just add more panels. Panels only cost about $1.00/Watt now, as opposed to the $3.00/Watt or higher that they used to cost. If you have any doubt about the output of the system at Tim Parker Chrysler, please visit the publicly available monitoring page for this installation at Search for Tim Parker Chrysler. Or click You can check out some of our other installations and customer testimonials at
          Chris Rogge
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris Rogge
          Whoops, I forgot that I returned the next morning before the lift was picked up to take a better picture. You can see entire case study with pictures here:
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good call Big J, What a sunny day it is! With that long shadow of the scissor lift where the photographer is standing, it is obviously noonish, right? There go those incompetent Chrysler people again, not knowing how to place solar! It's because their big thirsty engines are hemi's, and non-domestic thirsty engines aren't. So there.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        They will also not shed off snow/dirt/other nasty stuff very well, especially on a roof like that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, the panels are in the shade during what appears to be a sunny day .
          • 3 Years Ago
          It looks like it's about 7-8pm. That portion on the building isn't going to be in the shade very much of the day - certainly not during the peak sunlight hours.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Also the panels are pretty much flat on the roof, which works OK in Arizona but in Michigan the panels should be angled south towards the sun.
          • 3 Years Ago
          The pictured roof is in Arkansas, which is about the same latitude as Arizona. That installation should be just fine.,0,4343567724328067003&ei=7XmtT9jEN4es8QSP0enyDA&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=12&ved=0CB8Q_BIwCw
      • 3 Years Ago
      The most Environmentally Conscientious Chrysler dealer is like the smartest kid on the short bus.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's right! And the highly sophisticated Nissan dealers, with their Armada and Titan which they sell a lot more of than Leaf, are like highly cultured, clean, savvy intellectuals. Or The Honda dealers and trumpeters who love to proclaim their brand's lack of CAR pollution (forget figuring in all those highly polluting inefficient lawn mowers, they aren't cars, so thus Honda is MAGICALLY CLEAN!). Funny...I found a story about a hybrid only posted on autoblog and not ABG... Oh wait, that's why it isn't here! Because it's a story of Honda beating down the people who tried to sue them for falsifying their mileage claims. AND HONDA WON. Wow, if that was GM, Chrysler, or Ford, it would be an anti-american j@ck off fantasy just like most other articles on ABG! Good job paul and ABG bloggers for keeping that bias alive. Truth? Overrated!
          • 3 Years Ago
          Oh wait, There's a shorter, half-a$$ version on ABG instead of the full one that I linked in my comment. I stand half corrected. It wouldn't be such a short little bit with no screaming or mouth foaming if it was a domestic. It would be titled: "Typical OLD GM lies: False fuel economy ratings uncovered; and to add insult to injury, this fat sloppy money hungry American automaker doesn't have to pay any of the car's owners for the company's lies. Look at our big green surprised faces."
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ SirVix The Heather Peters story was the feature of an article on ABG this week. Heather Peters is a creature of the Californian legal system. In most jurisdictions she would be disbarred for her behaviour. A real ambulance chaser of the worst kind, but very litigious. An attorney from hell . I imagine that most media simply wanted to avoid her ! But these sort of bottom feeders, posing as 'peoples advocates' appeal to a certain type of ignorant, envious, mob-mentality supporter. However, you are right, ABG should have posted Judge Grey's findings in the article along with Heather Peters motives and the fact that she was no ordinary consumer, but a litigation lawyer seeking to hi-jack client for $ millions in personal gain. Not Bias , just lazy journalism !
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing like the smell of fresh greenwash in the morning to get the day started. Net zero carbon is coming any day now.. *sarcasm meter catches fire from overload*
        Turbo Froggy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I know, installing a few panels, incorrectly in the shade, does not excuse putting a Hemi in everything. This all coming from idiots who think 14MPG is just fine. I will go out on a limb here and state, Chrysler will never meet CAFE standards with Chrysler products only. The only way they will do it is by selling rebadged Fiat's. I don't think that Chrysler sells any vehicle that will average the current 24MPG CAFE standard.
      • 3 Years Ago
      don't ever plant bamboo, it is predatory.
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