Purpose & Overview
The purpose of the New Jersey Automotive Repair Program is to foster greater implementation of green practices among automotive repair facilities and to recognize those facilities that implement such measures.
This program is being implemented as a partnership between the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR), the New Jersey Gasoline C-Store Automotive Association (NJGCA), the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). In order to properly implement this program, NJ the groups have formed a non-profit entity called the New Jersey Green Automotive Repair Council. The NJDEP will provide guidance and oversight of this Council.
The purpose of the Council is to establish criteria for certifying automtoive repair facilities in New Jersey by setting quantifiable standards for certification, providing resources for repair facility owners and consumers to educate them on the benefits of going green.
Funding for certification of NJGARP auto repair facilities will be derived from fees paid by facilities that desire to apply for certification, in addition to grants and awards that may be obtained by the Council.
The Council will review applications submitted by facilities, conduct assessments to verify information listed on such applications and determine whether or not a facility meets the criteria for NJGARP certification.
The Council will develop a website to disseminate information about the program, provide resource information and educate auto repair facility owners and consumers about the benefits of going green, and provide a listing of facilities that are NJGARP certified.
Benefits of Program
• Improved air, soil and water quality.
• Reduced materials in waste stream.
• Reduced costs of operating facilities.
• Marketing opportunities for certified facilities.
• Education of facility owners and consumers on the benefits of going green