LaFontaine Chevrolet Named General Motors Green Dealer

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One of only 115 GM dealerships nationwide recognized for eco-friendly efforts Dexter, May 15 th 2017 – LaFontaine Automotive is showing customers its environmental credentials and was named a 2017 General Motors certified Green Dealer. According to the automaker, LaFontaine Automotive has a proven track record in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling, onsite nature habitats and community outreach.

LaFontaine Chevrolet located in Dexter, MI is one of only 115 dealerships GM has certified since the Green Dealer program launched in 2014. LaFontaine Chevrolet has a number of green practices in place on site, including:

— Energy efficiency throughout the entire dealership, including a solar reflectance roof that reduces the building heat-gain and saves on summertime air conditioning expenditures. By minimizing energy use; cool roofs do more than save money-they reduce the demand for electric power and resulting air pollution and greenhouse gas admissions.

— Water Efficiency, Landscaping is completed with indigenous species acclimated to this region; therefore reducing irrigation requirements. All water for irrigation system will come from the foreby retention pond. The carwash system recycles 85% of the water normally wasted in a conventional carwash.

— Storm Water Quality & Quantity Control, storm-water is pre-treated with a bioswale and a forebay retention pond prior to discharge from the site.

— Various materials and resources can be found inside and out, green masonry, 90% recycled steel, 50% wood-based materials used is certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council.

“We here at the LaFontaine Automotive Group are dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting the green movement. Our organization has developed four LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Dealerships throughout the Metro Detroit Area. The LEED Certification is one of the most recognizable environmental achievements an organization can earn.

This means our buildings are constructed using the most environmentally friendly materials and engineering designs.” said Ryan LaFontaine of LaFontaine Chevrolet.

To apply for certification, dealerships complete a performance assessment that GM’s green dealer support team evaluates. The assessment covers 60 eco-friendly business practices across 10 categories. Dealerships must have a high percentage of these practices in place to earn certification. A dealer’s continuous improvement year after year will lead to ongoing annual recognition.

“GM has long been committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship, and we’re proud that our dealers share this commitment to serve and improve the communities where we work and live,” said Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of U.S. Sales Operations.

The Green Dealer program aligns with GM’s companywide efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. GM designed the program to encourage dealers to implement green initiatives as part of their operations, create a network for sharing best practices and help other dealers begin or advance their sustainability journey.

For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and For more information about LaFontaine Automotive, visit

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