Automakers Use Greener Plants, Production Techniques

If cars are polluters, than car plants are even worse, right? Not so much anymore as car makers go green. Planet Forward GW students Sara Snyder and Bridget Lynn got a close-up view of the new VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It`s the first LEED platinum auto plant in the world. LEED is a rating system for sustainable building. The students uploaded their work to Planet Forward and shared the innovations they found. Among them:

- A four-coat paint process that eliminates the primer coat and saves energy and paint
-  Shipping by trains, not truck

Several other automakers are joining the greening movement, including General Motors, which opened its gold LEED certified plant in 2006, along with Toyota, Honda and BMW, which all opened LEED certified plants in recent years.

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