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Tom Wood Subaru Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Apr 01, 2016 02:55PM

With a continued commitment to minimize their environmental footprint, recent resource efficiencies have resulted in an upgrade from LEED-certified to LEED Certified Silver status for the Tom Wood Subaru dealership on the north side of Indianapolis. Addressing sustainability issues and eco-friendly practices allowed the dealership to achieve this status, and become the only dealership in Indiana with the designation.

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 third-party verification of green buildings.

Tom Wood Subaru was honored to receive a request from the United States Green Building Council – Central Indiana Chapter for a guided tour of the facility, which took place in mid-March. Subsequently, the dealership received recognition on the USGBC-IN web site for its LEED Silver Certified status.

Some of the many ways Tom Wood Subaru is driving the green building process and reducing their footprint range from recycling/salvaging to Xeriscaping—water-efficient landscaping with native Indiana plants and trees. LED lighting, day-lighting from skylights and digital building systems controls result in a reduction of overall electrical usage. In support of electrical vehicle initiatives, onsite Alternative Fuel Vehicle Charging stations are solar powered.

An overall commitment by the Tom Wood Automotive organization to develop green initiatives in order to minimize the company’s environmental footprint led to the initial decision to pursue LEED certification in building the new sales and service facility. The dealership continues to be an example of leading sustainability initiatives that make a positive impact on our community.  

Tom Wood Subaru, 3230 E. 96th St., Indianapolis, 888-875-3617.

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