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    Arizona Green Business


    Application and



    The goal of the Arizona Green Business Program is to recognize those Arizona businesses that are going out of their way to prevent pollution and to conserve our natural resources. We call them “green” businesses.

    As you know, all establishments must meet certain environmental standards mandated by the government. Most reputable businesses make sure they are complying with those standards. A “green” business, however,

    goes beyond those requirements and takes additional measures to protect the environment, save resources, and keep Arizona clean. And, here’s the good news – most of those “green” measures, while they might cost

    money to implement initially, will ultimately save money by recycling materials, reducing repair and maintenance costs, and making your business a safer, healthier place to work.

    Customers and communities increasingly welcome and support environmentally friendly businesses. Studies have shown that even consumers who don’t think much about the environment will choose a “green” company to do business with, all things being equal. And, many consumers even if they are not

    environmental activists will actually pay a little more for goods and services from environmentally responsible firms.

    So, we congratulate you on your decision to pursue certification as an Arizona Green Business. The simple act of completing this application and checklist will help you get used to “thinking green.” When it is

    completed, submit it to AAA/ASA and one of our trained Field Representatives will contact you for a site inspection.

    To become a green business you must take three steps:

    1. Be in substantial compliance with all applicable regulations.

    2. Implement enough of the pollution prevention measures contained in this checklist to

    accumulate 300 points.

    3. Pledge to continue complying with the pertinent regulations and implementing the measures

    chosen from this checklist.

To verify and maintain your status as an Arizona Green Business:

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    ; Upon initial application, AAA Arizona will inspect your facility to verify that it qualifies as a green


    ; Each shop will be asked to re-sign the Certification Statement and update their checklist every two


    ; Every two years, AAA/ASA will re-verify your green business qualification through an on-site


    ; If there is a change in ownership, the shop must be recertified as a Green Shop and a commitment

    made by the new owners. This should be done within 60 days of an ownership change.

    ; All certification statements and checklists must be kept on-file for the life of the certification, and

    must me made available to ADEQ upon request. These documents will be handled by ADEQ as

    public records.

    ; As new shops are certified, AAA/ASA will notify ADEQ. (Upon any changes in the list of certified

    shops, e-mail the new list to the ADEQ project manager.) The list of certified shops will be handled

    by ADEQ as a public record.

    ; ADEQ’s logo may be used only for programs and shops that use this checklist, meet the appropriate

    score, and are part of a green business certification program with written approval from ADEQ.

    ; ADEQ and AAA/ASA may modify, withdraw from or terminate this checklist or the program at any


    ; Any shops with substantial environmental violations will be dropped from the program.

    ; ADEQ and AAA/ASA will meet at least annually to review and update this program. We welcome

    your comments and suggestions.

Please mail your completed package to:

    AAA Arizona:

    AAA Arizona Green Business Program th3144 N. 7 Avenue

    Phoenix, AZ 85013

    Questions? Call 602-650-2716 or


    ASA Arizona:

    Green Business Program

    ASA of Arizona th5060 N. 19 Avenue, Suite 216

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    Phoenix, AZ 85015

    Questions? Call 602-544-2600 or


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    Arizona Green Business Program


    Application For Certification

Corporate Name:

DBA or Trade Name:

Street Address:

    City: State: Zip:

Phone 1: Phone 2:


    General Manager: Service Manager:

Length of operation under present management:

Type of Automotive Work Done:

    What areas of service do you provide?

     Engine tune-up Major Engine Repair - Conventional

     Minor Engine Repair Major Engine Repair - Diesel

     Brakes Automatic Transmission

     Electrical Systems Tires, Steering, Suspension

     Heating, Air Conditioning, Cooling Systems Other

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    Use this Checklist to identify the “green” methods you are using at your facility. There is flexibility in how, or what, items should be in use, so tell us about everything you are doing, with explanations if necessary. When you have completed this checklist, total up your points and enter it below: (Please keep in mind that you are

    not expected to do everything and many of these items may not be applicable to your facility.)

    TOTAL POINTS __________

    Implement any combination of the following measures to achieve your total number of points:



    A reasonable and cost-effective way to manage pollution is to prevent it in the first place. The methods listed below highlight many ways you can prevent pollution, reduce the use of hazardous materials, hazardous waste generation, industrial wastewater discharge and air emissions. (Refer to the enclosed Guide to

    Pollution Prevention & Resource Conservation for additional help.)


General Parts Cleaning

    1. 25 points Use 100%water-based (aqueous) based parts cleaning system for facility use . Type of System Used: ______________________________

    Must do all of the following to receive the points for #1.

    ; Use a system that re-circulates and filters cleaning solution.

    ; Use a water-based cleaning solution that contains no petroleum distillates (volatile organic

    compounds -VOCs).

    ; Use a service company that cleans and recycles solvent and filters for you or properly manage

    spent solution & filters to ensure regulatory compliance.

    ; Do not contaminate the cleaning solution by washing parts sprayed with chlorinated cleaners

    or petroleum distillates (do not use chlorinated solvents).

    2. 10 points Eliminate the use of cleaners and lubricants containing chlorinated solvents 3. 5 points Use a parts cleaning system with ultrasonic or mechanical agitation. 4. 5 points Pre-clean parts with a wire brush or shop towel.

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5. 5 points Use the following techniques if cleaning with solvents.

    Must do all of the following to receive the points for #5.

    ; Use a low hazard solvent (non-chlorinated, low toxicity, and low flammability).

    ; Use a sink which recirculates and filters the cleaning solution.

    ; Use a service company that cleans and recycles solvent and filters for you.

    ; Do not contaminate the cleaning solution by washing parts which have been sprayed with

    chlorinated cleaners (do not use chlorinated solvents).

    ; Drain parts, collect drainage and return to cleaning system.

    6. 10 points Use a two-stage cleaning system: First bath for pre-cleaning dirty parts; second bath

    for final cleaning. When second bath is spent, move it to the first bath.

Aerosol Sprays

    7. 10 points Buy spray-on products in bulk and buy/use refillable and pressurized spray bottles

    instead of throw away aerosol cans. Type of System Used: _________________

    8. 5 points Use aerosol sprays, but switch to entirely non-chlorinated spray-on products.

Brake Service

    9. 25 points Purchase/use all aqueous brake washers that recirculate and filter a water and detergent

    based cleaning solution. Type of System Used: _________________

    Must do all of the following to receive the points for #9.

    ; Use a water based cleaning solution that contains less than 5% Volatile organic compounds


    ; Do not use aerosols for final drying. Use compressed air instead.

    ; Properly manage spent solution and filters to ensure regulatory compliance.

    ; Consider using your aqueous brake washer for cleaning other accessible parts on the vehicle

    instead of spray cans.

Battery Service

    10. 5 points Send used lead acid batteries to an off-site recycler. (The main pollution prevention

    options for used batteries are to keep the batteries intact and then recycle them.) Recycling Company: ___________________________

    11. 10 points Design/implement a specific storage area for spent lead-acid batteries.

    Must do all of the following to receive the points for #11.

    ; Batteries are stored on a non-metallic, leak-proof secondary container to contain any acid

    spills that may occur and are stored away from ignition sources and out of the weather.

    ; The storage area is designed to keep these batteries away from soil, surface water and

    sewerage systems at the facility.

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    ; Batteries are not stored outside in frigid weather (frozen batteries can crack and leak

    sulfuric acid).

    ; Cracked batteries are stored separately on a non-metallic watertight secondary containment,

    a sealed floor and walls. (Consider having a written procedure for this.)

    ; Check the battery storage area daily to assure that all batteries are stored right-side-up (not

    tipped over), are not stacked directly on each other and none are leaking. (Consider keeping

    a log of battery area inspections).

    ; Clean up spilled acid quickly.

__________ Total of all points for I. CLEANING AND DEGREASING


Reusable Oil Filters

    12. 10 points Install reusable oil filters on at least 25% of your fleet vehicles. 13. 5 points Recycle waste oil, transmission and hydraulic oil.

    Engine Oil Life Extension

    14. 35 points Extend the life of your engine oil by at least 50% in 50% or more of your vehicles. 15. 25 points Extend the life of your engine oil by at least 25% in 25% or more of your vehicles. Substitution

    16. 10 points Substitute the less toxic propylene glycol for ethylene glycol in 25% of fleet vehicles.

__________ Total of all points for II. AUTOMOTIVE FLEETS ONLY


Antifreeze Recycling

    17. 10 points Recycle all of your waste antifreeze on-site.

    18. 10 points Offer recycled antifreeze to your customers. Make sure the recycled antifreeze

    meets new ASTM quality standard for recycled antifreeze.

    19. 10 points Recycle and reuse radiator flush with an on-site closed loop, recirculating flush

     system. Dispose of filter/solid waste appropriately.

Oil and Other Fluids

    20. 5 points Recycle waste oil, brake fluid, transmission and hydraulic oil.

    21. 5 points Puncture, drain and crush used oil filters to extract more oil per filter. Or, drain and Page 7 of 21


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    recycle filters. Recycle filter oil, and/or metal filter shells.

    Provider :_______________________________

Wash Water


    22. 20 points Achieve zero discharge by not discharging any process wastewater (e.g., floor, parts

    or steam cleaning; car washing) to the sanitary sewer or storm drain systems. 23. 10 points Use best management practicesDry cleanup methodsfor floor cleaning.

    24. 20 points Seal off all floor drains, trenches, sumps and oil/water separators. Or, initially design

    facility in a manner that eliminates drains, trenches, sumps and sewer connections for

    shop and process floors. Prevent all shop fluids from entering storm drains. Properly

    manage all waste fluids to ensure regulatory compliance.

__________ Total of all points for III. WASTE FLUIDS MANAGEMENT


    Routine housekeeping and operating practices can be very effective in reducing pollution, without requiring a significant capital investment. Some good housekeeping and spill prevention measures may be required by local hazardous material/waste regulations. These measures are important and should be integrated into your business management practices whether or not you are subject to regulations.

    Written policies and procedures may be requested as indication of the standard operating procedures you use to fulfill this section. Your procedures should include who is responsible for the procedure and how often it is conducted.

    25. 20 points Implement any ten good housekeeping or operating practices which are not

     regulatory requirements. Choose any from the following list:

     Housekeeping & Preventive Maintenance

    ___ Establish a system for keeping shop / store clean and orderly.

    ___ Routinely inspect and address all potential sources of leaks, spills, and emissions

     (material/waste storage areas, pipes, valves and hoses; process equipment, etc.).

    ___ Inspect inventory, storage and/or shipping areas for potential accidents.

    ___ Allow ample aisle space (3 feet minimum) and space between containers in storage areas;

     keep well-lit and free of obstructions.

    ___ Use quality, re-sealable containers and keep containers / tanks covered when not in use.

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     Purchasing policies to minimize incoming hazardous materials and minimize waste generation:

    ___ Centralize purchasing to eliminate unnecessary purchases and ensure that all waste

     reduction purchasing policies are followed.

    ___ Identify purchases of similar products and work with users to determine if they can be

     replaced with one or two that can do the same jobs (e.g. maintenance supplies).

    ___ Track material use to determine whether ordering is efficient.

    ___ Buy in containers that minimize material loss (wider than tall reduces surface area "cling").

    ___ Buy in as large a container as appropriate to usage; bulk for heavily used materials,

     small containers for seldom used materials, etc.

    ___ Buy chemicals that can be regenerated.

    ___ Require vendors to take back unused samples or off-spec materials.

     Inventory control procedures to reduce waste generation and material:

    ___ Minimize the inventory of fluids and chemicals: Stock only what you need and order

     materials on a "just-in-time" basis. Keep no more than a three-month supply of hazardous

     materials on stock.

    ___ Only allow trained personnel access to materials to reduce contamination or misuse.

    ___ Track time-sensitive materials and use a Afirst-in, first-out@ policy.

    ___ Work with vendors to return excess or expired stock.

Spill Prevention

    26. 10 points Use a metered overhead bulk fluid delivery system.

    27. 10 points Use pump & spigot for dispensing bulk product.

    28. 10 points Use roll-up oil caddies and/or drip pans to collect oil.

    29. 10 points Use drum funnel on waste drums to control spills.

    30. 10 points Use secondary containment for drums, such as spill pallets, for all bulk product and

    waste fluid drums.

    31. 10 points Locate the storage of all hazardous materials and waste away from storm and

    sanitary sewer drains, and protect from weather.

Floor Cleanup

    32. 25 points Seal shop floor with an impermeable coating such as epoxy.

    33. 10 points Eliminate use of powdered or granular absorbent for routine cleanup. Use only for


    34. 10 points Use progressively finer grates and screens over all floor drains and trenches to

    collect solid debris from entering the oil/water separator.

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Oil/Water Separator Maintenance (OWS)

    35. 10 points Use microbes to digest the oil in your OWS, or collect and recycle the oil. 36. 5 points Regularly inspect OWS for sludge buildup and clean out sludge before it blocks

    wastewater outlet pipe. Properly dispose of sludge.

    37. 5 points Refill OWS with clean water after sludge clean out to ensure proper separation


Other Alternative Pollution Prevention Techniques

    38. __ points Demonstrate your own alternative pollution prevention techniques. Each technique

    will result in 10 points. Use separate page if necessary.








__________ Total of all points for IV. HOUSEKEEPING & OPERATING PRACTICES




    39. 15 points Have an energy service company conduct a commercial energy audit of your facility to

    help identify which energy conservation measures to use in your shop. 40. 25 points Replace facility lighting fixtures with those recommended by the local energy company

    in their energy audit.

    41. 25 points Convert existing standard fluorescent lamps and ballasts to low mercury (green cap)

    high efficiency fluorescent lamps (T8’s), and when possible - electronic ballasts.

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