While scrolling the job boards at Craigs List today, I saw a posting for an assistant manager at a “green” gas station called “Helios House” soon to open at the corner of Olympic and Robertson.
Not your ordinary gas station, Helios House is an innovative and green information station, built in an eco-friendly, sustainable way.
The mission – to impact our customers’ experience both on and off the site! We are recruiting smart, ethical, conscientious team members to educate consumers about taking small steps in the right direction to help reduce their impact on the environment.
A search of the internet for a Helios House gas station was all but dry, but I did discover a comment made on Treehugger that provides more info, albeit with skepticism, on the venture’s purpose:
There is a gas station being built in LA by BP that goes under the name Helios House. What is the name of the BP symbol…it’s a Helios. This gas station will focus on providing it’s patrons with eco-friendly information. Which all sounds good but all the while they will be dishing out good ol’ gasoline. And being heavily subsidized while they do it.
(The post that preceded this comment is about California universities participation in the British Petroleum backed Helios Project, just announced by Schwazenegger, that could provide a $95 million grant for researching “sustainable, carbon neutral sources of energy.”)
Another search for “eco-friendly gas stations” found a certification program in Maine that gives stations that meet or exceed enviornmental regulations (isn’t this just following the law?) bragging rights and the opportunity to display a flag that proclaims them “Enviornmental Leaders.” Other results come from international locations, but nothing else in California or the US.
Does anyone else know what Helios House is?
NOTED: Late last November, CurbedLA posted about the construction, and a commenter filled them in on a “‘Green’ Gas Station for British Petroleum. The project being designed by Boston based architecture firm Office dA under the guidance of BP’s advertising agency to do some ecological PR repair for the energy company.”