We are respectful of the environment and take a practical approach to conserve energy and minimize waste generated from our operations. We actively look for more efficient ways to use resources to reduce our impact.
As part of our commitment to understanding the impact our operations have on the environment, in fiscal 2018 we will be using The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, prepared by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute, to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. We will use that inventory to prepare a feasibility report assessing our ability to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and electricity use. Following its completion, we will provide an executive summary of the report on our website.
A core part of our business is the renewal of used cars, and we improve the quality and lifespan of all of the used cars we retail.
We’ve also developed programs to reduce and recycle our waste. Here are a few examples:
Number of Tires Recycled
All Locations, 2016*
Gallons of Oil Recycled
All Locations, 2016*
Pounds of Everyday Products Recycled
All Locations, 2015*
In March 2013, CarMax became a tobacco-free environment creating a healthier, safer, and more productive environment for associates, customers, and visitors.
CarMax also minimizes volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by:
Our commitment to minimizing the amount of energy needed to operate our stores includes these energy conservation measures:
We are an active Energy Star partner and utilize their recommended energy management and analysis principles to identify reduction opportunities.
We stay informed about the latest innovations in renewable energy and employ alternative energy technologies, such as:
HVAC systems are designed to ensure our buildings are healthy, comfortable, and use the least amount of energy possible.
Every CarMax store features an energy management system which tracks and optimizes energy usage by adjusting building conditions to match occupancy, weather conditions, and seasonal changes.
The design of our stores has been optimized for function and size, which reduces construction materials, maintenance, cleaning supplies, and energy use throughout the life of the building.
CarMax has integrated LEED principles into all our store designs and construction practices, including: