Manheim NY wins LEEP award, Copart starts 2nd rebuild challenge


Manheim New York was one of 18 organizations recognized by the Light Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign for its efficient lighting.

The Manheim location was awarded the “Highest Absolute Annual Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Area” award. The location honored replaced its medium and high-wattage metal halide fixtures with LED fixtures, reducing its energy consumption by 1,761,687 kilowatt-hours (kWh), a nearly 70 percent energy savings.

“We’re honored to be recognized with this award,” said Mark Pester, Manheim New York’s general manager. “The LED retrofit project has had a positive impact on our facility, not only by significantly reducing our energy consumption, but also improving the lighting quality. We’re proud of our contribution to Cox’s sustainability initiatives, and hope that the success we’ve achieved influences other businesses to consider more efficient lighting alternatives in their facilities.”

Manheim Pennsylvania was the recipient of a LEEP award in 2014. As a part of Cox Enterprises, the Manheim locations participate in Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program that aims at sending zero waste to landfills by 2024 and becoming carbon and water neutral by 2044.

To put the savings in perspective, the 18 recipients of the 2015 LEEP awards along with the 12 winners in 2014 have saved nearly 30 million kWh and $3 million per year by upgrading to higher efficiency lighting in over 200,000 parking spaces nationwide.

“It might only take one person to change a light bulb, but it took dedicated efforts by the many thoughtful leaders of LEEP award winners to demonstrate how much can be gained through advanced, cost effective lighting technologies in parking lots and garages,” said David Danielson, the assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. “These innovative solutions also enhance safety and improve working conditions for customers, tenants and employees.”

More information about LEEP can be found here.

In other auction-related news, Copart has begun taking entries for its second annual Copart Rebuild Challenge, a contest designed for car enthusiasts and automotive rebuilders to show how they restored, customized or rebuilt a vehicle.

The contest began taking submissions on Monday and will be open through July 27 here.

“We’re excited to bring the Copart Rebuild Challenge back,” said Michelle Hoffman, the company’s senior director of marketing. “There were so many amazing entries that came in last year, and we are ready to see what our talented Members will show us in 2015.”

After the entry period ends, an expert panel from Copart will judge the entries and choose up to 10 finalists, who will then enter a voting stage open to the public to determine the top three. First place will receive $2,000, second place $500 and third will receive a one-year Copart Premier Membership or $200 if the participant already has a membership. 

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