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Stacey Phillips is an award-winning writer for the automotive industry based in Southern California. She has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and writer and has assisted a wide range of businesses and fields. In addition, Stacey has co-authored two books.


She can be reached at stacey@radiantwriting.com. 

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 09:38

Collision Repair Industry Thought Leaders Share Innovative Ideas During IDEAS Collide Showcase: Part 2

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Sandy Blalock, executive director of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA). Sandy Blalock, executive director of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA).


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LoPrete said green consumers are driving the increased awareness of sustainability, and Greta Thunberg is a leading spokesperson for Generation Z. 
“Generation Z looks at the world through the lens of the sustainability triple bottom line, which includes economy, environment and society,” he said. “Every decision they make tends to have filters that pass through all three of those things.”  
Many say Generation Z is demanding industries be more responsible and accountable for their actions. 
“The ones who do it in a meaningful way are positioning their businesses well to move forward,” he said. “The ones who delay taking action will have to catch up eventually because that segment of the population is only going to become a larger and larger piece of the audience out there.” 
Moving forward, LoPrete encourages industry stakeholders to work together and make sustainability part of their strategic thinking to reduce the amount of waste being generated while still producing safe repairs. 
“While we can do things individually that will make a difference, the reality is that the greatest impact will come if we work together,” he said. “Sustainability needs to be a topic of discussion; it can’t be left undiscussed.”  
He challenged the industry to do the following:  


  • Make sustainability an agenda item during meetings  
  • Appoint a subject matter expert within your organization 
  • Track and record your current waste and look at trends 
  • Identify pathways for improvement  
  • Involve other stakeholders in your conversations 
  • Share initiatives broadly across your organization  

“If we begin thinking about sustainability from this perspective, we can make progress that will shape legislative actions, rather than being subjected to requirements from outside of our industry,” said LoPrete. “There will be winners and losers across the stakeholder chain. The green consumer will make sure that happens. They will support the ones that make the right choices.” 


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