We knew certain car companies were getting in on the eco-friendliness but we hadn’t heard about tire companies… until now!
A Firestone tire/auto care center in Smyrna, Tenn. has been awarded Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
According to Motor Age,
The outlet, which opened in June, incorporates a range of natural-resource conservation features, including improved indoor air quality from the use of low-VOC paints, stains, carpets and sealants; ultra-low flow water fixtures that will reduce H2O consumption by 30 percent; solar panels that generate 12.5 percent of the building’s electricity; a reflective metal roof that lowers heating and cooling costs; sidewalks using recycled rubber from tires; and landscaping that doesn’t need a sprinkler system because recycled rubber tire mulch has been applied to the landscaped areas along with and native and drought tolerant plant species.
Recycled rubber tire mulch?! That’s some incredible work they did on that store. It’s good to see businesses becoming more environmentally aware; it sets a good example for people who utilize those businesses.
Did you notice what else they installed? Firestone went with a reflective metal roof to lower energy bills and solar panels to provide some additional energy savings. Not a bad idea at all. We at Green is Global would like to congratulate Firestone for having the self-awareness to go green and achieve LEED Gold on their new corporate addition!