LubeStop, a finalist for Green Plus North American Sustainable Medium-Sized Business of 2011, is also eligible to win the Green Plus People’s Choice Award. “LubeStop’s innovations – which save money and protect its hometown environment – have made it one of the first auto-related businesses in the country to achieve Green Plus Certification,” said Chris Carmody, executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Development. “LubeStop is a national leader in demonstrating how doing the right thing by one’s community and environment is also good business,” Carmody concluded.
LubeStop began the Green Plus certification process in January 2010 and achieved certification in seven months. The company adopted several new sustainability practices based on the diagnostic survey results and the requirements of the certification process. Specifically, a company-wide recycling program was developed with Republic Services and Allied Waste eliminating 75% of the company’s waste stream, several practices were implemented at the new corporate headquarters including low-VOC paint and Interface flooring, and 30% post-consumer recycled paper was adopted company-wide at no additional cost.
“According to a 2009 Grail Research report, 93% of consumers find a company’s sustainability practices important to their purchasing decision,” said Tom Morley, president of LubeStop. “Green Plus is the standard for small business sustainability recognition and certification, a certification that will grow increasingly important as more and more small businesses try to position themselves as “green.?”
About Green Plus: The Green Plus™ program helps educate and certify small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the areas of triple bottom line sustainability (people, planet, and performance). As the flagship program of the Institute for Sustainable Development, Green Plus focuses on an organization’s policies and procedures and therefore applies to businesses across sectors and industries. Green Plus is the official small and medium sized enterprise sustainability program of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives comprised of 1,300 members nationally.
About The LubeStop, Inc.: “Lube Stop helped revolutionize the oil change concept in 1985. Today, Lube Stop is Ohio’s largest independent quick oil change company, operating 37 Lube Stop locations in Cleveland, Akron, and Canton, and services more than 25,000 customers a month. Lube Stop is now spearheading the adoption of sustainable business practices within the industry and is the first quick oil change company to establish a formal sustainability program and to offer a re-refined oil change service which it trademarked as EcoGuard™.”
The Institute for Sustainable Development / Green Plus