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Tom Wood Subaru: Minimizes Environmental Footprint

With a strong commitment to the environment, plans are well underway to build a new, two-story, state-of-the-art LEED-certified Tom Wood Subaru dealership on the north side of Indianapolis. The new showroom is scheduled to open in 2014, and will help to further Subaru’s mission to build high quality vehicles that are also kind to the environment by ensuring that every reasonable method for construction is environmentally friendly.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. It’s a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle, recognizes best-in-class building strategies and provides thirdparty verification of green buildings.

Some of the many ways Tom Wood Subaru is driving the green building process and reducing their footprint range from the more obvious recycling/ salvaging to Xeriscaping—water-efficient landscaping with native Indiana plants and trees. The facility is being built on a previously developed site rather than a green field, and will make use of regional sources for building materials such as stone and concrete.

Through the implementation of all LED lighting, day-lighting from skylights and digital building systems controls, there will also be a reduction of overall electrical usage. In support of electrical vehicle initiatives, onsite Alternative Fuel Vehicle Charging stations will be solar powered.

In September, Tom Wood Subaru was recognized as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise Partner. Teaming up with SafeMetrics, LLC, the dealer is working toward its goal of becoming a zero-landfill dealership. The EPA’s innovative WasteWise program is the country’s first national voluntary solid waste reduction program. WasteWise encourages organizations to reduce municipal solid waste through waste prevention, recycling, and buying or manufacturing recycled products.

According to Bart Schlosser, general manager of Tom Wood Subaru, “With SafeMetrics’ assistance and the WasteWise program, we plan to become the first automotive dealership in Indiana to be a zero-landfill facility. (On a corporate basis,) Subaru has done a tremendous job of aligning the brand with the zerolandfill concepts. It’s just natural to follow suit with our local brand at Tom Wood Subaru.”

Tom Wood Subaru, 3230 E. 96th St., Indianapolis, 888-875-3617. A live video feed is documenting the building progress; see it at new-construction.htm. See ad on back cover.
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