ATLANTA, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Earth Month, Manheim and its team members announce three key sustainability goals for 2017: offsetting carbon emissions by 3,000 tons at its facilities, saving 2.5 million gallons of water and achieving zero waste to landfill at one site. Conservation is a big part of Manheim's culture, fueled by the ongoing commitment to sustainability that runs throughout all divisions of its family-owned parent company, Cox Enterprises. The 2017 efforts are a part of the company-wide sustainability program, Cox Conserves, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
"Environmental stewardship has long been a part of our values and beliefs at Cox and Manheim, driving how we operate our businesses," said Janet Barnard, president of Inventory Solutions at Cox Automotive. "I'm proud of our teams who are helping us drive these important goals and doing what is right for our customers, communities and each other."
Cox Conserves is the national sustainability program of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Automotive and Manheim. Through Cox Conserves, the company is committed to sending zero waste to landfill by 2024 and becoming carbon and water neutral by 2044. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) and encourages Cox Enterprises' 60,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.
"Being sustainable is as good for the business as it is for the environment, and we are fortunate to have leaders who recognize and support these important efforts," added Stephanie Valdez Streaty, senior director of corporate responsibility at Manheim. "Beyond identifying projects that will help us reduce our impact on the environment while saving costs, we are also focused on engaging our team members and supporting them in their own conservation efforts at home".
With its 127 traditional and mobile locations in North America, Manheim plays a significant role in helping the company achieve its sustainability goals. Since the Cox Conserves program launched in 2007, projects at Manheim locations have offset 22,934 tons of carbon, diverted 23,579 tons of waste from the landfill and saved 57 million gallons of water.
In 2016 alone, Manheim achieved the following:
- Saved 4.2 million gallons of water through implementation of a rain harvesting system and multiple high efficiency aerator projects. This is equivalent to four-and-a-half Olympic-sized pools.
- Offset 1,855 tons of carbon through a solar installation, LED light and HVAC projects. This is equivalent to over 4,033,158 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.
- Diverted 7,860 tons of waste from the landfill from recycling and composting programs.
For more information on Cox Conserves and updates on sustainable projects and opportunities, visit www.coxconserves.com.
About Manheim North America (www.manheim.com)
Manheim® is North America's leading provider of vehicle remarketing services, connecting buyers and sellers to the largest wholesale used vehicle marketplace and most extensive auction network. Through 127 traditional and mobile auction sites and diverse digital channels, the company helps dealer and commercial clients achieve business results by providing innovative end-to-end inventory solutions. Approximately 18,000 employees enable Manheim to register about 8 million used vehicles per year, facilitate transactions representing nearly $57 billion in value and generate annual revenues of $3 billion. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim North America is a Cox Automotive™ brand. For more information, visit http://press.manheim.com
About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, Xtime® and a host of other brands. The global company has 33,000 team members in more than 200 locations and is partner to more than 40,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, while engaging U.S. consumer car buyers with the most recognized media brands in the industry. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 60,000 employees. Cox Enterprises' other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.