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Green Auto Repair

Organization(s) New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description NJ DEP's P2RTK Office was approached by representatives of the Automobile Association of America’s New Jersey Chapter (AAA-NJ) about the possible development and implementation of a "Green Auto Repair" program. A similar program, being successfully implemented in Arizona with AAA involvement, prompted AAA-NJ to explore duplicating this worthwhile program.

The program would be modeled after the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Green Business Program. Essentially, AAA and NJ DEP would develop an application/checklist covering such areas as pollution prevention, parts cleaning, brake service, recycling, waste management, housekeeping, and energy and water conservation. Each "green" activity would have a point value, and a repair shop would need to achieve a certain number of points to be considered a “green” auto repair shop. This voluntary program would be open to AAA and non-AAA-NJ affiliated auto repair shops. AAA-NJ staff would conduct audits of each applicant to determine if they are implementing all the activities stated on their application.

Once it is determined that a shop is "green," recognition would be provided by NJ DEP and AAA-NJ in the form of a decal, plaque, or sign and possibly a listing on a NJ DEP Green Auto Repair Shop website.

This particular industry sector is a low priority for NJ DEP inspections; therefore, this program would provide an opportunity for the DEP to reinforce compliance with relevant rules and regulations. The Agency envisions that staff from the NJ DEP's Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) would conduct audits on a certain number of facilities already audited by AAA-NJ to ensure the credibility of the AAA-NJ audits. This program would be tailored to be consistent with the NJ DEP's Action Plan priorities.

Given the increased interest in "being green," AAA-NJ and NJ DEP hope that a Green Auto Repair designation will have a positive economic benefit for participants, and potentially for the State, by encouraging the suppliers of equipment and materials to locate in New Jersey. This fits in with the Governor's initiative to attract business to New Jersey.

Project Contact
Name Michael DiGiore
Phone 609-777-0518
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Auto Repair
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 19 No. 1, Spring 2009 [PDF]


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