The Maguire Family of Dealerships, based in Ithica, NY, and representing most of the major automotive brands, is emphasizing green sustainability in the opening of a new store. The dealer received a LEED (Leadership of Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification from the US Green Building Council for its Maguire Toyota, Scion, Kia, Volvo, Volkswagen, and Audi store in Ithica. It’s the first and only multi-brand dealership to receive this accreditation. Successfully joining the LEED program been offered an opportunity for the dealer to save money through energy efficiency and build its brand image.
The dealership excelled in all five green design categories of the Council’s rating system: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Maguire can now reuse its roof-collected rainwater to wash cars, flush toilets, and water landscaping. The building’s new roof also includes solar panels, which now generate 20% of the store’s electricity. The store can also reuse engine waste oil from customers’ oil changes by recycling it into various renewable applications.