Initiative Applies to All Neighborhood and Airport Construction Projects
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - A new industry-leading effort is under way to
make all newly constructed and retrofitted Enterprise Rent-A-Car
locations sustainable. Over the next five years, Enterprise will invest
more than $150 million in sustainable construction through the use of a
newly established set of guidelines called the Enterprise Sustainable
Construction Protocol (ESCP).
A comprehensive framework for sustainable features in all future
construction projects, the ESCP ensures new and retrofitted facilities
are designed, built and managed sustainably.
"The ESCP advances our commitment to environmental stewardship and smart
business by exceeding our customers' expectations for what it means to
be a sustainable company, providing a healthy workplace for our
employees, and ultimately providing a long-term cost savings for our
business," said Lee Broughton, head of corporate sustainability for
Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "This
is one more example of our company setting measurable goals to drive
the sustainable growth of our business. And, as the car rental industry
leader, we are also setting the standard for others to follow."
In addition to improving the sustainability profile of Enterprise rental
locations, the ESCP is expected to generate significant energy and
water utility savings - estimated up to 35 percent - through improved
efficiencies and other measures.
"While we may sometimes pay a small premium on materials to build and
retrofit in this fashion - up to 2 percent - we expect significant cost
savings in the long run," Broughton said. "These guidelines will help
ensure that sustainability is at the core of our facilities."
In the coming year, sustainable building and retrofit projects are
anticipated at more than 1,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations
throughout the company.
"LEEDing" by example
An example of the new Enterprise Rent-A-Car commitment to sustainable
building is its new car rental location at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The O'Hare facility, which opened in June 2010, recently became the
car rental industry's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Silver-certified independent car rental location.
A significant percentage of the materials used in construction of the
facility were from regional sources to reduce the carbon footprint
associated with transporting materials. Other sustainable features of
the Enterprise O'Hare location include: a "green" roof system that
insulates the building and provides a suitable habitat for native
plants; storm water detention/retention to reduce discharge into
downstream watercourses; energy-efficient lighting; and a system for
recycling car wash waste water. To date, these features have reduced
the facility's water use by 22 percent and energy use by 15 percent.
For a virtual tour of the O'Hare facility, visit Enterprise
Rent-A-Car's new sustainability website: www.drivingfutures.com/innovation/#sustainable-construction.
"Building the O'Hare facility inspired us to modify how we approach
constructing and retrofitting all of the facilities in our network,"
said Broughton. "We're developing the ESCP as a way to ensure we're
consistently utilizing certain sustainability measures in our building
The ESCP outlines the following seven focus areas to guide the design,
new construction and retrofitting of Enterprise facilities:
Use of sustainable materials: Include regionally-produced materials and those with at least 10
percent recycled content in construction projects. Examples include
ceiling tiles, wall graphics, flooring and drywall made with recycled
Efficient energy use: Implement energy-efficient controls and systems for interior and
exterior needs. Examples include signage with T8 long-life lamps and
LED, and retrofitted garage bays for increased heating efficiency and
Use of sustainable construction sites: Build on previously developed sites when appropriate; when appropriate,
use materials that reduce the heat-island effect on parking lots, where
temperatures are higher than surrounding areas; and foster water
management systems to repurpose storm water infiltration.
Recycling: Reuse fixtures, furniture and equipment such as millwork (rental
counters), operational equipment, signs and furniture; recycle
Water efficiencies: Install water reclamation systems in automated car wash units or
low-flow/high-efficient pressure wash systems; utilize high-efficiency
plumbing fixtures; plant green roof systems; and design efficient
landscaping plans that positively affect the water flow.
Air quality: Use low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) material in paint, carpet,
coatings and adhesives; where appropriate, implement an Indoor Air
Quality (IAQ) plan during construction.
Process innovation: Develop innovative approaches for each unique facility, whether an
independent structure, at an airport, or in an existing shared
building; focus on physical layout and design as well as the business
processes required to operate each facility; ensure changes positively
affect employee satisfaction.
Enterprise developed the ESCP in consultation with its internal
construction, real estate and facilities management teams. The company
also engaged a broad group of external engineers, architects and
suppliers, including: Haworth, Inc. (office furniture and organic
workspaces); Hirshfield's/Omnova (wall coverings); Shaw Industries
Group, Inc. (flooring); Pattison Sign Group (trade dress/signage); The
Sherwin-Williams Company (paint); Sign Resource (trade dress/signage);
and Osram Sylvania (light fixtures).
"Enterprise's long-term investments in sustainable building practices
are setting the standard for its industry," said Emily Andrews,
executive director of the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green
Building Council, who is familiar with the ESCP. "Green building offers
impactful solutions for challenges presented by the economy and the
environment. We look forward to seeing more companies realize this and
begin to use green building principles and practices to their full
The ESCP complements Enterprise Holdings' 20/20 Vision, the company's
commitment to reduce energy consumption and related costs by 20 percent
each at its existing locations by 2015. By adding construction features
to the company's comprehensive sustainability platform, the ESCP
extends that focus on energy efficiency to new Enterprise car rental
locations. For more information, visit www.drivingfutures.com.
About Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Founded in 1957, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand with more than 6,000
neighborhood and airport locations in the United States, Canada, the
U.K., Ireland and Germany. Known for exceptionally low rates and
outstanding customer service, Enterprise was named to BusinessWeek's annual list of "Customer Service Champs" in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Enterprise has ranked highest in customer satisfaction among North
American airport rentals in 11 of the past 12 years, according to J.D.
Power and Associates Rental Car Satisfaction Study. In addition,
Enterprise won Budget Travel magazine's 2010 Readers' Choice Award as their favorite rental car
brand for customer service around the globe. Enterprise also received a
2010 Business Traveler Innovation Award - sponsored by the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and The Wall Street Journal - for its outstanding and original environmental efforts in the travel
industry. Enterprise of North America also is part of a global
strategic alliance with Europcar, creating the world's largest car
St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, the largest car rental service provider in the world, operates the
Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand through its regional subsidiaries. With
more than 5,000 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the
U.S. population, Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a wide variety of car
leasing, vanpooling, car sharing and hourly rental programs - and local
car rental customers are picked up at no extra cost. With a
well-established track record for making "virtual cars" convenient and
affordable for those who prefer to "buy for the need and rent for the
exception," Enterprise Rent-A-Car launched hourly rentals in 2005 and
local car-sharing in 2007 as a natural extension of its business rental
program and longtime focus on customized service in communities. With WeCar car-sharing technology, Enterprise offers a totally automated,
membership-based and environmentally friendly transportation solution -
for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer - thereby providing businesses,
universities and government offices an opportunity to enhance their
fleet management operations and sustainability initiatives. In
addition, Enterprise Rideshare specializes in providing vanpool and carpool commuter services to
individuals and companies. For more information about Enterprise's
environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the
sustainability of its business, visit www.drivingfutures.com. For more information about Enterprise, visit www.enterprise.com.
SOURCE Enterprise Rent-A-Car
For further information:
Lisa Martini, Enterprise Rent-A-Car