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Local Business Leader Earns Top Ecology Award

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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 green buildings.
  • 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 pavers.
  • Installing water fixtures throughout the building to reduce water consumption by 36 percent over that of conventional fixtures.
  • 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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Media Contact:

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239, 360-791-9830 (cell),; @ecysw


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