General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter - September 2016
GM Looks to Cars and Infrastructure to Mainstream EVs
General Motors has recently teamed up with the White House in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Air Force and the Army, and the Environmental Protection Agency to engage key stakeholders that can lead the expansion of EV charging infrastructure.
Chevrolet Volt Achieves 100,000 Sales in the United States
Chevrolet is announcing the sale of 100,000 Volts, giving those owners a no-compromise electric driving experience with a plug-in vehicle offering an EPA-estimated 53 miles of electric vehicle range and a total range of 420 miles between gasoline fill-ups or full recharges*.
GM Expands Autonomous Vehicle Testing
GM’s Cruise Automation team is now testing the Chevrolet Bolt EV autonomous vehicle on roads in Scottsdale, Arizona. The state of Arizona supports such research and development, and provides a fitting environment to test in high temperature and desert conditions. Testing is also underway in San Francisco.
October Reveal for Chevrolet Colorado-Based Fuel Cell Vehicle
General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle in October at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army in Washington, D.C.
What Will the Highway of the Future Look Like?
As automakers dedicate more resources to the production of smarter, environmentally friendly vehicles, designers are on a related mission to reimagine the roads on which those cars of the future will drive.
Capturing Rainwater Will Save GM Plant Millions of Dollars
A new project to capture stormwater at GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly – home of the Chevrolet Volt – is slated to save the plant nearly $2 million every year. The initiative, two years in the making, now allows the plant to reuse rainwater for manufacturing processes throughout the 4 million square foot facility.
2016 Leadership in Environment Award
Greg Martin, executive director of global public policy at General Motors; Margaret O'Gorman, president of the Wildlife Habitat Council; and Kevin M. Butt, chief environmental officer at Toyota accepted the Leadership in Environment Award at the 2016 Keystone Leadership Awards on June 8.
GM Recycles 2 Million Flint Water Bottles into Fleece
General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered with Schupan Recycling to collect the bottles. The plastic is washed, flaked and turned into fleece to make three products: Chevrolet Equinox V-6 engine covers, insulation for The Empowerment Plan coats for the homeless, and air filters for GM plants.
See the Recyclable Materials Auto Makers Use to Make Cars Environmentally Friendly
If you put the waste that General Motors recycles annually into the beds of Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks and parked them end to end, they would stretch around the world. Is your vehicle is contributing to a more circular economy? View some examples of how recycled content is incorporated into cars and trucks on the road today.
OUTREACH & IMPACT
GM Facilities Across the Globe Take Action on World Environment Day
GM’s commitment to sustainability is shared by its facilities around the world. To celebrate this collective mission to protect the earth and serve communities, GM rallied employees to take action to support World Environment Day, a global movement organized by the United Nations. Sixty-two GM manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities organized environmental outreach activities.
Academia Meets Automotive: College Students and GM Unite to Boost Sustainability
General Motors created its first Student Sustainability Advisory Council this year to begin a new dialogue on sustainability. Composed of five graduate students from MIT, Penn State, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan and Stanford, the council provides fresh perspectives on sustainability at GM.
Mirage in the Middle of the City: Hear Out the Business Case for Supporting Local Causes
David Tulauskas, General Motors’ director of sustainability, recalls how recognizing a homeless person on his way to work underscored his belief that for businesses to thrive, the communities in which they operate need to flourish. There’s an interconnection of social impact and business value.
GM Student Corps Members Learn, Earn and Lead
Since 2013, more than 500 high school students have earned a paycheck while learning real-world work skills and giving back to their communities via the GM Student Corps. This year’s Student Corps includes 129 students from 13 high schools in metro Detroit, Flint and Pontiac.
GM Signs the White House Equal Pay Pledge
General Motors signed The White House Equal Pay Pledge, demonstrating its strong belief in gender equality and dedication to a diverse and welcoming workplace that values the contributions of all employees. GM believes that fair and equitable pay should be an essential element of any successful business model.
Teen Driving, Not Sex, Drugs or Academic Performance, Tops Parents’ List of Concerns
According to a Harris Poll survey commissioned by Chevrolet, more parents with teens worry about their child driving (55 percent) more than any other area of parental stress. In add ition to its suite of available active and passive safety features, Chevrolet offers Teen Driver Technology on 10 of its 2017 cars, trucks and SUVs. Chevrolet’s Teen Driver includes an industry-first in-vehicle report card that shows how the teen drove and provides a way for parents to discuss best practices.