The New Jersey Green Automotive Repair Program (NJGARP), recognized the 27 auto repair and auto body facilities that have received “Green” certification from the organization at its first annual Open House.
The NJGARP committee developed a comprehensive checklist of “green” initiatives for auto repair and auto body repair facilities. Each “green” initiative is assigned a point value for various pollution prevention, resource conservation, and auto body repair (if applicable) efforts to qualify for – and maintain – “green” certification by NJGARP.
“NJGARP and its member organizations are proud of the facilities that have gone beyond what the rules and regulations say and have taken their environmental stewardship seriously,” said Alex Yankaskas, Vice President of NJGARP. “The growing interest in “Green” certification signifies the commitment auto repair and auto body facilities have to reducing their impact on the environment.”
The Open House was held at NJ CAR Headquarters in Trenton and began with Opening Remarks from Mr. Yankaskas and representatives of each member organization. Wayne Staub, NJDEP Director of Economic Growth & Green Energy was the event’s Keynote Speaker. After recognizing the “Green” certified facilities, those in attendance took part in a brief, but productive roundtable discussion about how the NJGARP program has resulted in real, and sometimes, substantial, cost savings to their facilities and how the program can be further developed.
For more information on the program and a complete list of certified “Green” facilities, visit www.njgreenautorepair.org.
The New Jersey Green Automotive Repair Program is overseen by the New Jersey Green Automotive Repair Council, Inc.. The Council – a non-profit organization – is an alliance between New Jersey’s automotive business leaders, including the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, the New Jersey Gasoline C-Store Automotive Association and the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. NJGARP’s goal is to promote “green” practices by the State’s automotive repair and auto body repair facilities in an effort to minimize their impact on the environment.