Fitzgerald Auto Malls maintains an Environmental Management System that is registered to ISO 14001:2004 that recognizes our impact and responsibility to the environment, our customers and our associates. ISO 14001:2004 requires us to pass stringent independent audits every year. This sets Fitzgerald apart from other automotive dealerships, in that we have considered the ways that we impact our environment, from our major recycling efforts, to our consumption of energy. Fitzgerald is on a course unmatched by even many manufacturers that demonstrate to our customers and to each other that we take our impact seriously, and we're constantly looking for ways to preserve the environment in which we operate as a business. See short video highlighting our environmental efforts.
We are committed to establishing and maintaining an Environmental Management System (EMS) that goes beyond simply meeting environmental laws and regulations, but extends to our everyday practices and business decisions. This includes:
• Ensuring an environmentally safe working environment for our associates, customers and the surrounding community.
• Reducing the environmental impact of our products and services whenever possible.
• Meeting or exceeding the requirements of all environmental laws and regulations.
• Continually assessing and monitoring our environmental programs aimed at reaching or exceeding our environmental goals.
• Creating a culture of awareness and commitment to Fitzgerald Auto Mall’s Environmental Quality Policy
As part of our quality management system, we recognize that an effective EMS system is a never-ending journey of continuous effort and improvement. We believe that we can continue to achieve our quality objective of sustained growth of our business while maintaining the health of the environment by focusing on the customer and innovation.
Fitzgerald Auto Malls is doing its part to reduce the effect of fossil fuels on the environment. All of the electricity at Fitzgerald facilities is purchased from Green renewable energy sources, with 100% wind power at all of the dealerships in Maryland. We continue to be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Leadership Club as a Green Power Partner. We are also a member of Clean Energy Partners.
Fitzgerald is committed to recycling 80% of the solid waste generated at each of our facilities. From scrap metal to fluorescent light bulbs. Fitzgerald recycled more than 5 million pounds of materials in 2015.
Fitzgerald Auto Malls were honored recently to be named a 2016 Environmental Responsibility Award Winner by the City of Gaithersburg presented to individuals and organizations demonstrating environmental responsibility in the Gaithersburg community.
While Montgomery County has a goal to recycle at least 70% by 2020, the Fitzgerald Auto Mall Gaithersburg location has traditionally exceeded this goal. In 2015 they recycled a combined average of 81.4% of all waste generated at the site. That’s over 500 thousand pounds of solid waste!
Just as recycling plays an important role, purchasing recycled materials is also a big component of Fitzgerald’s EMS. Fitzgerald requires that the purchasing of office supplies prioritize the selection of recycled materials. For 2015, they achieved a rate of 38%-recycled materials purchased. From office paper to business cards, this has been a cost effective and environmentally friendly program.