- Schupan & Sons CEO on the Pride and Profitability of Being Green
"We're all on this planet together, and if you do the right things you hope it has a multiplier effect," says Schupan. "I have children, and I want them to be proud of how we operate and handle our business. Our employees want to be proud of the values of their employer."
- More Plastic Bottles in Our Landfills? Ford Has a Better Idea - Carpeting
"At this rate, twenty or thirty years from now we can reduce our carbon foot print dramatically," says Sinclair. "By using a lot of renewable and recycled products, we can make sure that we don't have much of our product going into the scrap yard at the end of the vehicle's life."
- Catastrophic coal ash releases serve as a backdrop to regulatory battle
The United States generates millions of tons of coal ash, mostly related to the combustion of coal to generate energy. The ash is stored in landfills or open impoundments that are not currently regulated under federal laws governing solid and hazardous wastes. Despite high profile releases of tons of coal ash, EPA regulation is still not a certainty.
- Oakland University student Alex Kozlowski is recycling for a better future
"Throughout the course of human history we've had three revolutions: agricultural, industrial, technological and the inevitable fourth one will be the sustainability revolution," says Kozlowski. "It's just a matter of time and we need to make it happen if we want to survive on this planet.
- Kirk Heinze: Why don't more of us recycle?
National studies suggest that even when people have ready access to recycling-either curbside or at a nearby center-most still don't get into the habit. According to Tom Emmerich, President of Kalamazoo-based Schupan Recycling, the key is not necessarily convenience; rather, it is education.
Crippen Dealership: Driving a green initiative for dealerships
- Jeff Crippen and Chris Erickson talk with Kirk Heinze
By Caitlin Cox
Many people think of green in the automotive industry as electric cars and fuel efficiency, but they often neglect to see other green initiatives that car dealers are utilizing. Dealerships like the Crippen Auto Mall Greater Lansing are progressively greening their businesses in ways other than selling electric or fuel-efficient vehicles.
“The opportunity to be a green dealership came to our attention as we were already taking steps toward creating a more sustainable work environment,” says Crippen. “We wanted to go that route and be green certified.”
To earn the green dDealer certification, Crippen and his team focused on reducing the consumption of paper, water and energy. The steps toward obtaining the green dealer certification took a year and many items such as new lighting will result in a payback, he says.
“The investment has resulted in energy savings and an increase, we think, in a healthier workforce,” says Crippen. “Even in our paint shop we are able to create a safer work environment by using water-born paint that has a lower volatile organic compound.”
Although the dealership expects to see return on its investment, the certification process has provided some challenges to the operations of the business.
“Some employees openly embraced working in a green environment, whereas others were unsure of how this would help with production and sales,” says Erickson. “This was apparent in the sales department when working with waste reduction.”
As a result, Crippen now incorporates double sided printing, recycling and online advertising and marketing into its daily office functions, which has resulted in a 20 percent reduction in paper usage.
“Waste reduction is a great opportunity for any company,” says Erickson. “We used to have two eight yard containers that would go to the landfill twice a week, but we are now reduced to one eight yard bin that is picked up once a week.”
Crippen proudly displays its green mission statement on a wall in the dealership where customers can see what they are doing to maintain their commitment to the environment.
“Greening our dealership was the right thing to do - not only for sales, but also for the environment.”