Planting Roots for our Future

Apr 18, 2014 9:25 AM ET

Brushing off the wintery blues and shifting into the season of blooms, GM employees from our Toledo Transmission facility recently planted 700 trees at the site of The Battle of Fallen Timbers in Maumee, Ohio.

The site is 120 acres of mostly vacant land destroyed by emerald ash borer beetles in recent years.  Along with a $3,000 donation to Metroparks that will help the reforestation efforts at three parks this spring, the employees of Toledo Transmission are helping to ensure a greener future for their community.

Beyond this reforestation initiative, our Toledo facility has impressive environmental credentials:

  • Certified Wildlife at Work site by the Wildlife Habitat Council since 2007 for actively managing 1.5 acres of land as a wildlife habitat.
  • Participated in two GM GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) watershed education projects in 2013; helping 225 students from six schools understand their impact on local watersheds.
  • Met U.S. EPA’s voluntary ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry in 2012 and 2013 by cutting energy intensity a total of 27 percent, avoiding 37,783 tons of CO2.
  • Relied on renewable energy in the form of solar power and landfill gas to cut the plant’s carbon footprint. The plant is home to the largest rooftop solar array in the state of Ohio.
  • Awarded the 2013 Silver Level Encouraging Environmental Excellence award by Ohio EPA for reducing total routine waste by 80 percent and setting up an effective energy conservation program.
  • Certified landfill-free facility since 2008, sending no waste to landfill.

Toledo Transmission is a GM facility committed to preserving natural resources and reducing its environmental footprint in the community. Their dedication to sustainability is one mirrored by other GM plants across the globe.