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Cox Automotive Presents Leader in Sustainability Award to Michigan-Based Automotive Group



Cox Automotive presented its annual Leader in Sustainability Award to LaFontaine Automotive Group, a Michigan-based dealership group with 51 retail franchises, eight collision centers and 29 retail locations.

The Cox Automotive Leader in Sustainability Award recognizes a dealership for outstanding in-dealership sustainability programs related to waste reduction, energy or water conservation and focused on innovation, creativity and engagement with its employees and the community.


Cox Automotive President Steve Rowley presented the award during NADA Show 2022 in Las Vegas.


“I am pleased to present the Cox Automotive Leader in Sustainability Award to LaFontaine Automotive Group for its extraordinary commitment to the environment and doing business the right way,” said Rowley. “The Cox commitment to building a better future for the next generation is fundamentally tied to protecting the planet through sustainability. LaFontaine Automotive Group is truly raising the bar on environmental sustainability standards by implementing green business practices and educating other organizations on innovative environmental practices that are making a measurable difference.”


The LaFontaine Automotive Group is dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting the green movement. The organization has developed four LEED-certified dealerships throughout the metro Detroit area. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, means the dealership buildings were constructed using the most environmentally friendly materials and engineering designs.


In addition to other energy-efficient systems, the LaFontaine buildings use a geothermal system to provide heat and cooling. Also, LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram installed the largest solar panel array in the Midwest, which reduces its electricity requirements by about 60% per year.


Other green initiatives include using environmentally friendly supplies such as composite materials from 3M Co. for wheel balancing, Envirobase High Performance paint from PPG Industries for repairs and vegetable oil lubricant for hydraulic lifts.


Additionally, the group actively promotes and sells electric and hybrid vehicles. From EV charging stations for customers to…


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