Local Business Leader Earns Top Ecology Award
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Local business leader earns top Ecology award for environmental excellence
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) today
recognized Marv McCord of McCord’s Vancouver Toyota for his leadership and use
of "low-impact development” and other environmentally savvy options when
expanding the dealership’s facility by 50,000 square feet.
"Local business owners like Marv McCord deserve recognition for innovating
and leading by example. He did his homework and embraced new and proven ways to
manage stormwater, harvest rainwater, and reduce waste and energy use,” said
Ecology Southwest Region Director Sally Toteff.
Toteff noted that green building practices are an investment that can pay off
for businesses as well as the environment. For example, while there were many
up-front costs, McCord expects a return on the investment due to energy savings
within four to six years.
McCord’s accomplishments include:
- Being the first automotive dealership in the state to
achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Silver certification. LEED is an internationally recognized
green building program that provides third-party verification of
- Having 100 percent of stormwater infiltrated on-site with
use of permeable pavers, thus reducing dirty stormwater runoff.
In fact, this is the largest permeable paver site in the United
States, to date. The design incorporates some 1.6 million
- Installing water fixtures throughout the building to reduce
water consumption by 36 percent over that of conventional
- Incorporating a boiler system that uses recycled oil to heat
the building, and an energy management system to monitor and
lower gas and electricity use.
- Building a rooftop system to capture rainwater to supply the
dealership’s drive-through car wash.
- Ensuring that 70 percent of the wood used in new building is
certified by the U.S. Forest Stewardship Council and that 10
percent of building materials came from recycled material.
- Using native and climate-adapted plants for landscaping.
"We applaud Marv for his leadership and environmental stewardship. A
healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand, and the choices that
McCord has made show that he’s a business-wise and trendsetting community
partner. I know other businesses and communities are – and will be – following
his lead,” said Toteff.
Marv McCord said: "It was simply the right thing to do. And we’ve received
amazing support – the community feedback has been tremendous.”
The Environmental Excellence Award is the Department of Ecology’s highest
recognition for environmental stewardship in Washington. The department issues
the award to individuals, businesses, and organizations that have shown
leadership, innovation, or extraordinary service in protecting, improving, or
cleaning up the environment.
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Linda Kent, 360-407-6239, 360-791-9830 (cell),
For more information:
Environmental Excellence Awards
LEED program: (http://new.usgbc.org/leed)