A rental company is planning to spend about $150 million to renovate or retrofit more efficient and sustainable center in about 1000 locations for the next five years— company-wide. The rental company— Enterprise Rent-A-Car is committed to build sustainable center and started it in constructing its new rental branch Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
The rental’s sustainable center is going to open on June 2011.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s new sustainable center is said to be the first building in the car- rental industry to receive a LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification.
Some of the sustainable center’s “green” features include a green- roof system that insulates the whole structure plus providing a suitable environment for native plants, a storm- water system that has retention/reduce system which controls downstream watercourses, energy- efficient light fixtures, and a recycling system for carwash- water.
Currently, the rental’s new location reduced its water consumption by 22 percent and energy- usage by 15 percent because of its green features.
The rental’s spokesperson AJ Marin said, Enterprise may seek for tax rebates from federal incentives on a case- to- case basis for the project but the rebates will be added to its $150 million plan for redevelopment.
The car- rental also said that its adoption for green initiatives is expected to produce significant energy and water operational savings for the entire company.
An estimated 35 percent savings of its overall operational costs will be saved through its recently adopted green initiatives and other measures.
Besides developing sustainable center, Enterprise has also been developing energy- efficient cars.