CHICAGO — Going Green Limousine was founded in 2009 by Jesse Sapp, a chauffeur of 20 years in Chicago and New York who saw a need for more eco-friendly fleets. “[We] were quite astounded that limo companies were not yet concentrating on using eco alternative vehicles, especially with all of the idling that is done in our industry,” co-owner Rebecca Schmuck told LCT. “Hybrids reduce emissions by up to 80% in our industry, and that makes a huge impact.”
All of Going Green’s sedans and small SUVs are hybrids. The large SUVs are flex-fuel vehicles that run on E-85 fuel. The company says it offsets the carbon footprint of its two stretch limousines by donating a percentage of its profits to environmental organizations, such as Chicago Gateway Green. The company routinely checks the average MPG of each vehicle in its 10-vehicle fleet and is constantly striving to improve it with proper driving techniques. Clients soon will be able to access a carbon-footprint calculator from the company’s GPS provider so they can see the reduced environmental impact of a green car service.
The company’s sustainability efforts extend to the office. The admin and dispatch staff either works at the home office or telecommute. Reservations, invoices and payment receipts are all transmitted electronically, and the company plans to implement an 80% paperless environment by the third quarter of 2012.
Dispatch follows an eco-centric philosophy and strives to be as efficient as possible. “There are times when we send a Flex-Fuel SUV to pick up a single passenger because it’s greener than coming back empty and sending another vehicle out,” Schmuck said. Chauffeurs bring vehicles home with them to reduce the need to drive their own vehicles back and forth.
“Every decision we make includes the consideration of environmental impact,” Schmuck said.
Learn more about Going Green Limousine by visiting www.goinggreenlimousine.com.
— Michael Campos, LCT associate editor