General Motors Sustainability Newsletter - September/October 2017
Oct 4, 2017 9:30 AM ET
GM Outlines All-Electric Path to Zero Emissions
GM announced how it is executing on a major element of its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, recently announced by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.
GM’s Ohio and Indiana Plants to Meet Electricity Needs with Wind
All of GM’s Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities – including those that build the Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickup trucks – will meet their electricity needs through 100 percent renewable energy. GM is buying a total of 200 megawatts of wind energy from Ohio and Illinois wind farms. Once the turbines come online by the end of 2018, renewable energy will power 20 percent of GM’s global electricity use.
Our Vision for Moving Humanity Forward
We can’t completely predict what our world will look like 25 years from now, but we constantly study trends so that we can anticipate the rapid changes taking place in our industry. In an article for the Green Money Journal, Mary Barra shares GM's vision for moving humanity forward.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Now Available Nationwide
Chevrolet announced that the Bolt EV, the first affordable long-range electric car, is now available by order or in stock at certified dealerships nationwide. Through Aug. 30, 2017, Chevrolet has sold 11,670 Bolt EVs this year and 12,249 since the start of sales in December 2016. Current owners are praising the all-electric small crossover’s impressive range, affordability and roominess.
Decades of Clean Energy Use Fuels GM’s RE100 Commitment
GM’s clean-energy use has spanned decades with a portfolio leveraging wind, landfill gas and solar. The company is on a mission to accelerate its progress and scale renewable energy use, helping to demonstrate community and business benefits along the way. Check out this timeline for a look at the decades-long progress.
Fuel-Efficient Chevrolet Malibu Built at an Energy-Efficient Plant
GM's Fairfax Assembly plant, home of the Chevrolet Malibu, earned ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, signifying it meets strict energy performance levels. GM Fairfax is the only manufacturing plant in Kansas to earn such certification in the last nine years.
Mary Barra Outlines GM’s Road Map for Safer, Better and More Sustainable Transportation Solutions
Mary Barra hosted a press conference in Shanghai to discuss GM’s road map for the future of personal mobility. The company’s goal is to address the challenges such as crashes, pollution and congestion that have come with growing urbanization.
The New ‘3Ps’ of Sustainability: Pragmatism, Perseverance and Passion
In sustainability, we often talk about the “three Ps” of the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. At GM, we use it as a framework to evaluate our performance as a company and leverage it to develop solutions to a variety of societal and environmental challenges.
Better Buildings Conserve Water and Cash
GM joined the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings partnership, a group of more than 900 organizations aiming to become 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade and setting goals to develop strategies to conserve resources. Participating companies committed to cumulatively save $3.1 billion and 3.47 million metric tons of CO2.
GM Executive Uses Experiences and Career to Promote Sustainability
For Mari Kay Scott, General Motors’ executive director of Global Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, advancing sustainability is not just a part of her job title. It’s a lifestyle.
Maven Gig Expands Across the United States
Freelance drivers in Los Angeles now have access to Maven Gig vehicles to support all their hustles. Vehicle reservations are available through the Maven app. By fall 2017, Maven Gig will launch in Boston, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., and Baltimore and Detroit will soon join the mix.
Equinox Diesel Offers Expected Segment-Topping 39 MPG HWY
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox offers an EPA-certified 39 mpg on the highway (FWD model) with the available 1.6L turbo-diesel engine. That number is expected to top the segment in highway fuel economy, with greater highway mileage than the 2017 Toyota RAV4 hybrid and Nissan Rogue hybrid.
GM Celebrates Volunteerism with 6th Annual teamGM Cares Week
More than 5,000 General Motors employees donated time and talent to more than 225 community service projects across the United States during the company’s sixth annual teamGM Cares Week Sept. 11-15. Projects included leading STEM education experiments, building homes in developing communities, urban gardening, packing food and improving neighborhoods in underserved areas.
GM, Black Girls CODE Celebrate Launch of Detroit Chapter
General Motors and Black Girls CODE (BGC) announced the launch of a BGC Detroit chapter with a series of hands-on and engaging activities at Detroit International Academy for Women (DIA), a Detroit Public Schools Community District school, and TechTown. According to the Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit outpaces the nation in information technology job growth and is expected to continue the pace through 2025.
Two Dow Jones Indices List GM for Sustainability Leadership
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices include General Motors, citing its corporate sustainability leadership in the automotive industry. The company debuted on the World Index and remains the only automaker on the North American Index for three years running.
Habitat Hammers Back: Habitat for Humanity Receives Major Support for Hurricane Recovery
Four organizations will serve as keystone partners of Habitat for Humanity’s response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, each making contributions of $1 million or more to support the Habitat Hammers Back initiative. The gifts from the Dow Chemical Company, General Motors, Thrivent Financial and a group of American wind energy companies will support on-the-ground responses to the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and other affected areas.
Cadillac Takes First Coast-to-Coast Drive with Super Cruise™ Hands-Free Technology
Cadillac embarked on the first official hands-free drive on freeways from one side of the country to the other, using the industry-leading Super Cruise technology. Twelve Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles departed from Cadillac House in New York City and will travel to Los Angeles, California, crossing through 16 states.