Gresham Autoshop awarded ecological business certification
The Gresham Firestone Complete Auto Care was certified as an “EcoBiz” or Ecological Business on June 14, 2012. This is the first Oregon branch to become certified. District Manager, Chris Mayton and Store Manager Jay Schwartz worked with Justin Dauphinaise from Stantech Consulting, Inc. and Debra Taevs from the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center to prepare for the certification.
This certification is an Oregon validation of a larger corporate policy of adopting green practices worldwide.
Some of the clean green practices they’ve adopted include phasing out solvent based parts washers in favor of water based washers and non-toxic cleaning solution, switching from lead to steel wheel weights, adopting energy efficient lighting with automatic time-out, offering re-refined oil, coolant and Freon, extensive recycling as well as purchasing products made from recycled content.
The City of Gresham has also awarded the facility for their low water use.
Firestone Complete Auto Care is in the process of having all of their Oregon stores EcoBiz certified.
EcoBiz is a certification program that recognizes municipalities and businesses for adopting exceptional environmental business practices. It is a cooperative working group of local area jurisdictional staff from: Cities of Portland and Gresham, Clackamas and Washington counties, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Clean Water Services, and PPRC. The Eco-Biz program is seen as a model program for other municipalities around Oregon to accommodate requirements for Senate Bill 737, requiring municipalities to implement pollution prevention (P2) planning for specific sectors responsible for bioaccumulative toxics in the water. To date, the EcoBiz program has removed myriad pollutants from the waste stream by certifying 15 local governments and 118 businesses.