Washington State Department of Ecology - December 10, 2013

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Local business leader earns top Ecology award for environmental excellence

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) today recognized Marv McCord of McCord’s Vancouver Toyota for his leadership and use of “low-impact development” and other environmentally savvy options when expanding the dealership’s facility by 50,000 square feet.

“Local business owners like Marv McCord deserve recognition for innovating and leading by example. He did his homework and embraced new and proven ways to manage stormwater, harvest rainwater, and reduce waste and energy use,” said Ecology Southwest Region Director Sally Toteff.

Toteff noted that green building practices are an investment that can pay off for businesses as well as the environment. For example, while there were many up-front costs, McCord expects a return on the investment due to energy savings within four to six years.

McCord’s accomplishments include:

“We applaud Marv for his leadership and environmental stewardship.  A healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand, and the choices that McCord has made show that he’s a business-wise and trendsetting community partner. I know other businesses and communities are – and will be – following his lead,” said Toteff.

Marv McCord said: “It was simply the right thing to do. And we’ve received amazing support – the community feedback has been tremendous.”

The Environmental Excellence Award is the Department of Ecology’s highest recognition for environmental stewardship in Washington. The department issues the award to individuals, businesses, and organizations that have shown leadership, innovation, or extraordinary service in protecting, improving, or cleaning up the environment.

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Media Contact:

Linda Kent, 360-407-6239, 360-791-9830 (cell), linda.kent@ecy.wa.gov; @ecysw

For more information:

Ecology's Environmental Excellence Awards (www.ecy.wa.gov/environmental_excellence.htm)

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