In addition to making its vehicles more efficient, Ford wants to help its dealers cut down their energy use and has teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI, more information here) to make it happen. At the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in Orlando, FL this weekend, Ford announced a voluntary dealership sustainability program.

When dealers sign up for the program, Ford will send in a team of "sustainability experts" to do an energy use assessment. The automaker will then work with the dealer to craft a plan specific to its needs to cut its energy use. The program is available for both established facilities as well as newer examples. Ford will also provide assistance to store owners to help them apply for and get any available federal and state tax incentives. A pilot program with dealers in New York, Floridan and Nevada will start soon.

[Source: Ford]

PRESS RELEASE

FORD ANNOUNCES DEALER SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM
  • Ford Motor Company is launching a voluntary sustainability initiative for Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the energy-efficiency of their dealerships
  • Ford has partnered with Rocky Mountain Institute, a leading energy-efficiency organization to pilot new technologies and architectural design principles, at three dealerships in diverse climates
  • The 'Go Green' dealer sustainability initiative is fully integrated into the company's existing architecture to provide dealers with the ability to improve energy efficiency and lower operating costs

ORLANDO, Feb. 14, 2010 – Ford Motor Company's commitment to contributing to a better world further expands today with the announcement of the 'Go Green' Dealership Sustainability Program. The program is being shared with the company's U.S. Ford and LincolnMercury dealers today at the 2010 National Automobile Dealers Association Convention.

The goal of the program is simple: Collaborate with dealers to implement cost-effective ways to improve the energy-efficiency of their facilities, resulting in a long-term reduction in individual dealership's carbon footprint as well as overall operating costs. Participation in the 'Go Green' Dealership Sustainability Program is voluntary for dealers.

"In keeping with Ford's commitment to the environment, this program is a great fit for our dealers because it provides a variety of energy-efficient improvement options regardless of the current age and design of the facility," says Sue Cischke, group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. "This allows all dealers the opportunity to participate in improving the energy efficiency of their facility and gives them flexibility in making choices that are right for them and their dealership."

Ford has partnered with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an organization recognized as a leader in providing energy-efficiency solutions to businesses, communities and organizations around the world.

"We applaud Ford for their ongoing energy-efficiency efforts around the world," said Amory B. Lovins, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute. "This initiative will have a positive impact participating dealers decrease their consumption of energy. Implementing these cost-effective solutions will also improve dealer's bottom line over the long-term."

Getting Started
Dealers interested in participating in the 'Go Green' Dealership Sustainability Program will first receive a comprehensive energy assessment from sustainability experts at Ford. After the thorough assessment is completed, Ford and the dealer will collaborate on energy-saving options available and will tailor a program to meet the needs of the dealer. Solutions are wide-ranging and can be implemented for dealers with existing facilities as well as dealers who are constructing new facilities.

Dealers who participate in the program will be able to take advantage of several benefits, including guidance on available State and Federal tax credits and incentives, as well as access to technical expertise and resources to assist with selection of energy-efficient products and equipment.

Ford is finalizing details to initiate a pilot program with three dealers located in Florida, New York and Nevada.

"Through this initiative we are making available to dealers the same techniques, principles and expertise we use to reduce our energy use and contribute to a better world," said Cischke.

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