Toyota "Green" Dealer "Deals Green"

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OK, before we get hit with a lawsuit, Mark Miller Toyota will not offer the “Bob Marley Special” on new Toyotas. Not that it wouldn’t appeal to at least one Prius driver. Anyway, a Market Watch press release tells us that the Utah Toyota dealer is opening the first and only LEED-certified car dealership in the state. (At least he expects a Gold LEED rating when the paperwork clears “in the coming weeks.”) Designed to maximize local and recycled materials and maximize energy and water-efficiency, the new dealership boasts a number of eco-features. Sun-tracking skylights, a cool-roof system, low-flow taps and toilets, rainwater collection and high-speed service bay doors keep energy bills low, and allow Toyota customers to feel a little better about mean-smuggin’ in their Priora. The most gimmicky best feature? “Anyone familiar with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive knows there is a screen that shows the car’s energy use over a time period. We’ll have the same sort of panel inside the dealership that shows the building’s energy use over the last half hour or so,” reveals Miller. Up next: employees obsessively turning the A/C on and off and bragging on their blogs about how many cubic feet they were able to “hypercool” on a single kilowatt/hour.

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  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Oct 16, 2008

    What? Have they not heard of the much more prestigious Guyincognito certification? It allows for 10x the smugness of the LEED certification but only [s]costs 9x as much[/s] requires a sincere commitment to environmentalism.

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Oct 16, 2008

    "low-flow taps and toilets" I have been in dealerships that had those. Only they were yellow or brown, not green.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Oct 16, 2008

    Incremental steps forward I'm okay with.

  • Engineer Engineer on Oct 16, 2008
    Up next: employees obsessively turning the A/C on and off and bragging on their blogs about how many cubic feet they were able to “hypercool” on a single kilowatt/hour. Almost made it, Ed. That would be: Up next: ...“hypercool” on a single kilowatt-hour Aka, kWh. Remember, there is no such thing as kilowatt/hour, unless you're talking about the rate at which you are powering up or down. kW - unit of power, = 1.34 hp, or 239 cal/sec, or 3415 BTU/hr, or 44,254 pound-feet/minute (whatever the hell that is). kWh - unit of energy, = 0.034 therm, or 2,655,224 pound-feet, or 860 kcal, or 3412 BTU, etc. etc...

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