NADA Announces "Green Checkup" Month in September
New campaign shows drivers how to save gas and cut greenhouse gas emissions
DENVER – Record gas prices have just about everyone searching for ways to save on gas and improve fuel economy. To help motorists save money at the gas pump and—at the same time—cut greenhouse gas emissions through proper vehicle maintenance, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has created a check list of Green Maintenance Tips and a new program called the Green Checkup.
The chairman of NADA, Annette Sykora, announced the Green Checkup campaign at a news conference in Denver. Governors Bill Ritter, D-Colo., and Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., also spoke at the news conference, along with the president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Dave McCurdy, who introduced his association’s
EcoDriving initiative, and Dan Grossman with the Environmental Defense Fund.
NADA Chairman Annette Sykora with Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter at press event in Denver
In her remarks at the conference, Sykora emphasized that the goal of the Green Checkup campaign is to highlight simple steps that car owners can take to maintain their vehicles in top running condition. "Dealerships are located in every major community in the country which means we are ideally positioned to be at the forefront of a national consumer awareness campaign," said Sykora, owner of two dealerships in Texas.
NADA is urging its dealer members to offer free Green Checkups at their dealerships. The “Green Checkup” focuses on the things that have the most effect on fuel economy, such as oil and air filters, engine performance, tire pressure and emission controls. Although NADA is promoting Green Checkup Month in September, the program is designed for dealers to offer checkups as part of their routine service year-round.
As part of the EcoDriving initiative, McCurdy outlined a national campaign to highlight smart driving habits that can save drivers gas and money, and announced a new Web site that provides valuable EcoDriving information to motorists at www.ecodrivingusa.com.
This is one example of how dealers are becoming more energy conscious. A trend toward green dealerships is another. “Dealers around the country have invested close to a billion dollars on facility upgrades and new construction over the past few years to reduce energy consumption at their dealerships,” Sykora said. This includes cutting-edge heating and cooling methods, more efficient lighting, as well as wind and solar power. Today, several dealerships are
LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
“With the growing number of green dealerships and the Green Checkup campaign, we are sending a clear signal that when it comes to climate change, America’s new car dealers are part of the solution,” Sykora said.
Contact your local dealership to find out if a “Green Checkup” is being offered in your community and schedule an appointment. The “Green Checkup” only takes about an hour. For more information about NADA’s Green Maintenance Tips, visit www.greendrivingUSA.com.
Source: NADA Newswire
Click here for NADA's 10-Point Green Checkup list.
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