Michigan Identifies GM Sites as Local Environmental Leaders

Michigan Identifies GM Sites as Local Environmental Leaders

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Friday, October 14, 2011 - 3:00pm

CAMPAIGN: GM Resource Preservation

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Detroit, MI - October 14, 2011 - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recognized six General Motors sites for excellence in local community environmental projects and partnerships. The Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Orion Assembly, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Warren Transmission, Romulus Engine and Flint Metal Center received Neighborhood Environmental awards.

“We help our facilities’ environmental efforts go further by incorporating community activities like mentoring students on water quality and enhancing habitats surrounding our plants,” said Susan Kelsey, a GM Environmental Group facilities manager. “To be an environment leader, we need to share our knowledge with other organizations and residents to inspire eco-friendly action.”

GM is dedicated to reducing its facilities’ impact through energy efficiency, resource preservation and waste reduction. Each of these environmental commitments can benefit the greater community. GM’s winning manufacturing facilities are collaborating with area organizations, residents and students throughout the year to spread environmental awareness.

For example:

  • All participated in GM GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Project) by monitoring rivers with local students and examining significant watershed impacts.

  • All celebrated Earth and Arbor Day with activities like tree plantings and butterfly house builds, many of which involved collaboration with area schools.

  • Four plants feature areas certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, which are developed to enhance and protect wildlife and educate people on conservation.

  • All facilities have robust recycling programs, two of which developed a used printer cartridge recycling program where proceeds enabled sponsored schools to buy electronics. Plus, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant converts its paint sludge into energy to help power the facility and take pressure off the grid.

  • Detroit-Hamtramck partnered with Wayne State University engineering students on their senior design projects, which focused on reducing the plant’s environmental impact.

These plants also work with Williams and Lasky Recreation Centers in Detroit, the Michigan Forest Association, Great Lakes Recycling, the Clinton River Watershed Council, Friends of the Rouge, Eaton Conservation District, Woldumar Nature Center, Waste Management Eagle Valley Landfill and Greater Lansing Adventist School.

To be eligible for the Neighborhood Environmental Partner award, an organization must be a designated Clean Corporate Citizen and Pollution Prevention Partnership facility. Recipients are compliant with all applicable state environmental regulations and improve their immediate environments and communities.

About General Motors – General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 208,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries.  GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. The global Chevrolet brand celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2011. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy.  GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.  More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.


CATEGORY: Environment