The VW logo is seen on the front of one of dozens of new Passats made at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant parked outside the plant. These cars will be used as demos for testing, internal quality control and press test drives.Staff Photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Volkswagen’s Chattanooga auto assembly plant is the first factory in the U.S. to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, officials said today.
The $1 billion facility also is the first automotive manufacturing plant to achieve the top LEED badge, which represents the highest level of environmental performance recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Frank Fischer, chief executive of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga operations, said the LEED platinum “is the fulfillment of a promise Volkswagen made...to this community to work in harmony with the environment.”
At the plant, the paint shop alone will save 50 million gallons of water over the next decade. The plant is also about 40 percent more energy efficient than a typical manufacturing facility in America, Volkswagen officials said.
Dr. Jan Spies, head of factory planning for Volkswagen worldwide, said “the plant is very much the benchmark within Volkswagen.”
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...