Dewey’s Auto Body in Hastings, Mich., is the first Automotive Service Association of Michigan (ASAM) member to be registered against the Certified Green Investment (CGI) standards sanctioned under federal, state and local Green programs, Ray Fisher, executive vice president, announced.
With accredited CGI registration, ASAM says member shops can now attract consumers in an eco-friendly way while achieving regulatory compliance. An ASAM Webcast, “Pay-it-Forward,” outlined various government programs that can assist auto body shops in going green before new EPA laws require conformity.
“As a result of our successful Webcast held Nov. 10, 2009, on how to become officially green, we’re extremely excited that our members are anxious to go green,” Fisher said.
CGI certification is coupled with the EPA’s Collision Repair Campaign to implement the new EPA spray coating requirements. Various CGI/CRC Partnerships focus on risk reduction in the collision repair source sector to complement ongoing community green programs and attain air toxics reductions at a faster rate. The mutual campaign also serves as an opportunity for shops to work toward early compliance with the new National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources 40 CFR Part 63 , sometimes referred to as the 6H Rule.
CGI is an accredited validation program to fund environmental improvements using grants, rebates, tax credits and subsidies. In cooperation with the EPA’s Collision Repair Campaign, CGI serves as a method for shop owners to comply with environmental regulations. It provides the legal framework for reporting green attainment in accordance with Section 179D of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code.
EPA Collision Repair Campaign