Food Scraps to Garden Snacks: GM Ren Cen Compost Benefits Urban Farms

We're taking our waste reduction efforts a step further at our landfill-free global headquarters through a new composting initiative that will benefit urban farms in Detroit.

Landfill-free is not a finish line. Even after a facility achieves landfill-free status, we still look for ways to reduce its impact.

Take our global headquarters, the 5.5 million square foot GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. We’re now composting food prep scraps from various restaurant kitchens. So far we’ve collected 12,000 pounds since April—about the weight of an elephant.

Growing Up Green: Rob Threlkeld’s Route to Manager of Renewable Energy

You could say Rob Threkeld's path to managing GM's global renewable energy strategy began with a love for pancakes.

When Rob Threlkeld was in second grade, he learned that acid rain affected the production of maple syrup.

As a kid without a fully developed worldview, this stuck with Rob because he loved pancakes.

Years later, he’s one of the few within General Motors who knew exactly what he wanted to do from a young age.

“That discussion about the impact on something simple like a breakfast topping really impacted me as a young kid,” said Rob. “It blossomed into something more when Mrs. O’Neal taught us about global warming in the 5thgrade.”

Vehicle Connectivity Will Transform Transportation As We Know It


Consider this: There are five billion mobile phone users across the globe.

Those users reach for those phones, on average, 150 times per day, with two trillion gigabytes of digital information shared annually.

That’s a lot of data flowing back and forth.

If we can come up with a way to take advantage of this free-flow of information, at GM we believe it could lead to better fuel economy, more efficient driving behavior, and improved vehicle diagnostics in connected vehicles.


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