Enterprise has Vision for Protecting Environment

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Enterprise has Vision for Protecting Environment

The “green” that’s part of Enterprise goes far beyond the company’s logo. Becoming more environmentally responsible and sustainable is part of a corporate culture with roots right here in West Virginia.

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Tonya Kyle is the Group Operations manager overseeing West Virginia and surrounding states for Enterprise Holdings, which owns and operates the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands. “Our company saw a need to be proactive when it comes to the environment,” said Kyle. “We have a large fleet of rental cars, but our facilities impact the environment as well.”

As an Enterprise Operations Manager, Kyle is a point person in charge of looking for things like leaky hoses and running toilets — anything that could affect the company’s bottom line as well as the environment.  

“We see the bigger picture. We’re not just focused on profits. But we believe if we treat everyone and everything right, including the environment, then profits will follow,” she said. “Enterprise is a family-owned company, and our executives want to be good stewards of the environment.”

In 2010, Enterprise launched a strategy for energy conservation called the “20/20 Vision.” The company’s goal is to see 20% cost savings and 20% less energy usage by 2015 with an estimated savings of $50 million. Each branch’s accounting office uses the BEN, or Branch Energy Number, to track and monitor utility usage including electricity, gas and water.

On a national level, Enterprise recycles approximately 800,000 gallons of used motor oil and more than 800,000 used oil filters at its airport locations. Used oil is then re-refined, filters are dismantled and shredded, and all components are recycled.

In West Virginia, Enterprise implemented changes that include programmable thermostats, pressure washers that reduce water usage, energy-efficient lighting, and garages that turn off the heat when the door is open. The Group Administration office now uses one energy-efficient printer instead of several. In addition to recycling paper, Enterprise has teamed with Pepsi and Waste Management to collect plastic and aluminum. Last year, Kyle’s  operating Group was one of three chosen from around the country for a company report highlighting sustainability successes.

Kyle says changes on the local level can only happen with support from management, as well as employees willing to enthusiastically participate.

“Employee participation makes an impact on everything we do,” she said. “We’re trying to make our sustainability initiatives second nature for our employees. And once people in the community hear about what we’re doing in this arena, I’m often told, ‘you just gained a new customer.’”