Category: LAcarGUY Sustainability

LAcarGUY Proudly Sponsors SBC’s Industry Achievement Awards

March 27, 2012 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Articles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Sustainable Works 0 Comments

The inaugural Sustainable Business Council’s Industry Achievement Awards will be held at Lexus Santa Monica on April 18th, 2012, which coincides with Earth Day. The goal of these awards is to showcase Southern California’s sustainable business community who are a vital part of the state’s overall economy. These awards will provide an opportunity to salute individuals and businesses for their sustainable contributions to the marketplace and the community.

The following SBC Industry Achievement Awards will be presented:

  • SBC’s Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability Award
  • SBC’s Lifetime Business Achievement Award
  • SBC’s People’s Choice Award: Inaugural Category: Sustainable Restaurants
  • SBC’s Sustainable Business Award

The evening’s festivities will feature:

  • Networking opportunities with sustainable business leaders.
  • Sustainable restaurant food tasting as part of the People’s Choice Sustainable Restaurant Judging.
  • Sustainable wine tasting.
  • Inspirational special talks from SBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
  • An awards ceremony for the inaugural award recipients.
  • Delicious dessert buffet and libations.
  • Raffle draw for special Lexus-hybrid weekend getaway.
  • Drive and rides of the latest hybrid vehicles from Lexus.
  • And some yet to be publicly announced surprises!

For more information, contact info@sustainablebc.org and for ticket information, click here.

Why Does Building a “LEED” Building Matter to Your Neighborhood?

March 21, 2012 lacarguy Audi, Audi LEED Certified, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Pacific Audi Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Hi everyone…starting today, there will be a new post every two weeks about something related to our new Pacific Audi building, the process of building green, and how it will physically be a positive addition to the neighborhood, and a nicer place to walk into and work in.

First off, we keep using the term LEED.  What IS that?  Some of you may know, but basically it’s short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and it’s an independent building certification created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  Here in L.A., we have a USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter, and there’s even a new South Bay branch of the Chapter that is getting going, so if you’re interested in getting involved, please do contact the Chapter.

What’s nice about the non-profit USGBC-LA, which promotes sustainability in the built environment, is that anyone can be involved, whether as a green building professional, or green building advocate who wishes to promote sustainable living throughout his/her community in related ways.

So, back to LEED. It provides voluntary guidelines for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. There are various levels of ratings (Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum, both for residential and commercial) that are based on hitting a certain number of points.  Points are awarded based a number of considerations such as choices of materials, how one positions the building, what is done with any demolition materials, how water will be used, how much energy will be expended/saved in heating and A/C, transportation infrastructure (which may seem funny since we’re a car dealership, but just wait!), landscaping, and even on innovative ideas! Solar is certainly what makes the most headlines, but there are so many cool “inside” elements that are so impactful.  Many architects and an increasing number of general contractors and other building pros build to LEED standards, and we’re luck to be working with some of the best, including Sauers Lopez Construction Inc. and Whitfield Associates, Inc. (architect).

What this means to you is that we’ll be striving to be an even better member of the community by providing a smarter and more beautiful building inside and out.  In these posts we’ll share with you more about how we’ll be saving energy as well as water, mitigating storm water runoff, increasing the use of trees (most dealerships don’t like trees outside…think about it!) for cooler ground, beauty and shade for everyone, and even “eating” smog.

Green-built buildings in any neighborhood across the globe make a difference:

  • they make people stop and take notice of what is happening, ask questions, and learn more about the process which might seem intimidating;
  • they become a community destination to check out to see how it works and looks; and
  • they can galvanize community support and add to the sense of pride within the community.

Yes, our project is a car dealership—and you might think we’re a little ironic for being excited about our green building that will house and sell…well, cars.  But we hope to make a building the community is proud of and enjoys, and that our employees feel better working in.  As LAcarGUY’s Mike Sullivan said at the groundbreaking, “This property just mirrors where the [Audi] franchise [which I’ve owned since 1999] is going, where the brand is going, and where we are going.”  Stay tuned…

LAcarGUY at the 25th Annual Arbor Day Celebration

March 18, 2012 lacarguy Community Involvement, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

LAcarGUY joined forces with the Tree Musketeers for the 25th annual Arbor Day celebration in El Segundo on May 10, 2012.  Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.

We planted over 170 trees. Planting trees is the simplest way for you to make a meaningful impact in the environmental movement. Each tree planted generates crucial clean oxygen, serve as noise and pollution buffers, provide beautification and so much more.

Volkswagen Santa Monica Lighting Retrofit

March 14, 2012 lacarguy LAcarGUY Sustainability, Volkswagen Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Committed to changing an “environmentally-challenged” industry and protecting future generations, LAcarGUY is active in local environmental programs and initiatives. Just recently, Mike Sullivan’s Volkswagen Santa Monica completed a lighting retrofit in the service bays, parts department and business offices. The job included taking out the CFL’s (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) and replacing them with LED (light emitting diodes bulbs). One of the main advantages of LED lights is the simple fact that they last much longer. The average lifespan of an LED lightbulb is around 11 years. The other main advantage is that they are much more energy efficient.

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The retrofit reduced the energy usage from 245,875 annual kWh to 82,781 annual kWh. The annual energy cost was reduced from $36k to $12k. A total savings of 67%!

In addition to our energy savings, we reduced our carbon footprint even further by using E-Cycle Environmental to recycle 80 lbs of wood, 656 lbs cardboard and over 500 fluorescent tubes and lighting fixtures. Our landfill diversion was 100%.

Mike Sullivan’s Volkswagen Santa Monica opened in 1964 and continues today one of the nations leading VW dealerships.

LAcarGUY Breaks Ground for Expanded, LEED®-Certified Pacific Audi Dealership

March 13, 2012 lacarguy Audi LEED Certified, Green Articles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Pacific Audi Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

LAcarGUY‘s Mike Sullivan, and Audi of America, this past week celebrated the official groundbreaking of the newly introduced Audi terminal in Torrance, CA. The state-of-the-art South Bay dealership will expand capacity from its current nearby location of 14,000 sq. ft., becoming the largest Audi Terminal showroom in the U.S. at 45,000 sq. ft. The expansion not only invests in the community as a business partner, but also as a community partner, with plans to be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

We’re so excited to be building this. Everything we’re doing [here] is designed around sustainability and making it a very friendly place to be,” states LAcarGUY’s Sullivan. “What we are doing on this property just mirrors where the franchise is going, where the brand is going, and where we are going. It’s just a great marriage and we’re proud to be part of it.”

Located on a 3-acre parcel at the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Spencer Street, the new space is being designed to better serve customers with expanded capacity and convenience within a compelling environment. The structure will make an impressive but welcoming architectural statement in the area with strong use of trees, special lighting, and a well-scaled, open two-story, 17-car showroom, showcasing the brand’s latest collection of luxury vehicles.

Having owned this Audi franchise since October of 1999, Sullivan built the first Audi Hangar-style dealership in California. The progressive nature of the Sullivan organization is a driving force behind the facility being built to meet LEED® standards (created by the U.S. Green Building Council). Highlights of the upcoming LEED® building include LED lighting, inside and out; high-efficiency heating and air components; “smog eating”-finished ACM panels; and atypical landscaping for a dealership. Regular blog posts at pacificaudi.com/leeddealership will soon begin to share the story of the green building’s progress until the scheduled November 2012 opening.

Adds Sullivan, “Our little family of dealerships is continuing to grow and we’re excited… We’re trying to stay ahead of the curve with this beautiful new LEED® certified building here in Torrance, so we’re really pleased.”

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An Update On Our School Garden Project

February 24, 2012 lacarguy Green Team, School Garden Project Tags: , , , 0 Comments

Gardening is like food for the soul, Alisha Auringer who heads up LAcarGUY‘s Green Team took members of the group to see the garden’s progress since the initial planting mid-December. No one was sure what they would find after the extreme weather pattern of scorching hot days followed by cold days that the area has experineced recently. Luckily, there were a few rainy days thrown in there. Everyone couldn’t help but wonder if global warming was messing around with our garden.

Happy and relieved the team saw the radishes popped up and are looking delicious! The carrots, peas and peppers are slowly coming along.

The team delivered a rain barrel to assist with the watering, and did a rain dance to speed things along!

Toyota of Hollywood School Garden Groundbreaking

December 9, 2011 lacarguy Green Team, School Garden Project, Scion of Hollywood, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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Toyota of Hollywood’s School Gardens Program is off to a great start! During the first week of the program, the LA Conservation Corps worked strenuously to remove the pre-existing shrubbery and brush and flatten out the garden area. Later in the week LA Conservation Corps built wooden garden beds and filled them with nutrient-rich soil to support a healthy garden.

Next week, the garden will really start to take shape when students at Helen Bernstein High School will start planting the first seedlings in the garden beds. We can’t wait to get the students involved in this wonderful program!

Toyota of Hollywood partners with EMA on School Garden Project

December 2, 2011 lacarguy Environmental Media Association, Green Charity, Green Team, LAcarGUY Sustainability, School Garden Project, Scion of Hollywood, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments


Toyota of Hollywood (an LAcarGUY dealership) is proud to announce our sponsorship of Environmental Media Association’s (EMA) School Garden Program at Helen Bernstein High School. This program is an innovative initiative between the EMA and the LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles.

Community and environmental causes have always been a priority for LAcarGUY dealerships so we were excited to provide a hands-on educational opportunity through the Helen Bernstein school garden. This “living classroom” will enrich the learning experience for all students at Helen Bernstein and will help develop healthier food choices and eating patterns that can last a lifetime.

EMA launched an ongoing partnership with LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles. The school garden will be a great opportunity for the children take their learning beyond the four walls, in a more dynamic environment. Math, science, nutrition, health, and fitness can all be taught through the use of these gardens. In addition to the garden itself, EMA will also provide a celebrity mentoring program for students with a member of their Young Hollywood Board that includes Amy Smart, Nicole Richie, Maroon 5 and Rosario Dawson!

We will continue to bring you updates and pictures of our newly adopted garden. If you’re involved in growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard, tell us your story and send in pictures. We would love to see them! We’ll continue to bring you updates and pictures of our newly adopted garden. If you’re involved in growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard, tell us your story and send in pictures. We would love to see them!

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Mike Sullivan Explains Why Fisker Santa Monica Is His Recycled Dealership

October 21, 2011 lacarguy Electric Vehicles, Fisker Santa Monica, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Rather than build an entire new building for our new Fisker Santa Monica store, we took an existing building that was our former Lexus Santa Monica store, remodeled it to be as green as we can be, and will be selling the first truly Eco-conscious luxury car, the Fisker Karma. Let’s let Mike Sullivan tell you all about it.