Don Hewlett Chevrolet - Central Texas Field of Honor
At Don Hewlett Chevrolet of Georgetown, honoring veterans and their families is part and parcel of its commitment to community. That’s why Don Hewlett has sponsored the Central Texas Field of Honor – a week-long celebration dedicated to paying tribute to- and enriching the lives of local veterans and first responders.
Founded in 2016 by the Rotary Club of Georgetown, the Field of Honor features over 1500 full-size US flags posted in Georgetown’s San Gabriel Park, as well as a 5K Honor Walk and a Patriot’s Ball, among other events. All proceeds from the flag sales go directly towards organizations that address suicide prevention, PTSD, and support veterans and first responder families.
For Don Hewlett, the celebration is personal. The Hewlett’s participate in many of the events throughout Veteran’s Day week and they honor both their family members who have served in the United States Military along with every employee that has served by posting a flag in their name.
Don Hewlett serves as an example of how service-minded auto dealers are strengthening the bonds of community throughout Texas. Like so many of our members, Don Hewlett Chevrolet is making a difference where it counts. We join the Hewlett’s in saying thank you to our nation’s veterans and first responders!
Lost Pines Toyota
TADA members across Texas commit themselves to giving back to their communities in a myriad of ways. For one dealer, this commitment takes the form of an eco-friendly approach to business.
Lost Pines Toyota of Bastrop is set to become the first dealership in Bastrop to go completely solar. On November 5th, Austin-Based Freedom Solar announced that it has signed a contract with the dealership to install over 700 high-performance SunPower solar panels, which will produce 366,970 kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar power annually – enough to power all Lost Pines’ facilities.
Not only is the switch good for the environment – the solar panels will yield a 60% energy offset that will remove 245.9 tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year – it’s also good for business. Freedom began the installation on November 4, and the project is slated for completion by the end of the year.
“We are proud to be the first dealership in Bastrop to install solar power,” said Carlos Liriano, Lost Pines Toyota owner. “We have made green initiatives a priority, and we recognize the time for solar power has come.”
Lost Pines Toyota has an impressive record of green initiatives. The dealership is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified business, a designation awarded to companies with high-performance green facilities that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.
Other green initiatives Lost Pines has undertaken include a water collection cistern that recycles rainwater and air conditioner condensation, helping irrigate the dealership’s native landscaping and cut back on water consumption; reducing noise pollution by eliminating its overhead PA system storewide; handwashing vehicles to reduce water usage; outfitting sales staff in shirts made from recycled materials; wearing unique recycled wood nametags; reusing and recycling printing paper; and implementing the use of iPads throughout the service department, including by technicians, with the goal of going completely paperless.
We are proud of our members for their stewardship to the communities they serve – from green initiatives to scholarships and everything in between, Texas auto dealers are making our state and our world a better place.