During the design stages of Concorde’s 12,000 sq. ft. building, Bob Bellagamba already had ideas about making the building environmentally friendly. Below are some of the early contributions to “going green” when we moved into our new facility July 5, 2002. Today, Concorde continues to promote a greener environment.
- Our 5,400 sq. ft garage is heated with our used motor oil and transmission fluid. There are no natural gas burners. We accept waste oil and transmission fluid from area businesses and the public to help further reduce pollutants. The waste oil heater burns at over 2,000 degrees to eliminate pollutants. It burns cleaner than an automobile, does not consume new resources, and we save money, all at the same time.
- Used oil filters are recycled by crushing them to squeeze out the oil. The oil is then used for our waste oil furnace and the oil filters become scrap metal instead of hazardous waste.
- The automated roll-over carwash is a single pass system that is equipped to use minimal electricity and water. The cleaning products are precisely measured to eliminate waste.
- Our HVAC application and all lighting were designed in conjunction with Jersey Central Power & Light’s New Jersey Smart Start Building Program. TRANE high efficiency HVAC systems take care of our internal climate control. All exit signs, garage and outside lighting utilizes LED fixtures, while our office uses T-8 low wattage fluorescent lamps.
- Vehicles are monitored in real-time for excessive idle time. The tri-state area idle time law is three minutes.
- We promote a paperless and recyclable office – recycling newspaper, cardboard, aluminum, and plastic. Through the use of technology, we eliminated paper documents such as faxes, invoice statements and daily completed trip records.
- Since 2008, we have been producing our own power through our Sun Power solar panels that cover 6,041 sq. ft of the building. The company is part of the Customer On-line Renewable Energy (CORE) program. Concorde produces about 70% of our own annual electric consumption.