Rob Threlkeld

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.”

Re-energizing the Renewable Energy Debate


What is the future of energy?

Is it solar? Wind? Landfill gas? A combination of all three?

What can companies and other influencers do to promote the use of renewable energy?

These were just some of the topics discussed during the recent Energy Thought Summit  held in Austin, Tex. The conference brings together some of the world’s thought leaders for two days to debate the state and future of energy.

How to Introduce Solar Into Your Organization


General Motors is not in the solar game just so we can tout it on our environmental blog.

There are very real benefits to using solar to power parts of our facilities, not the least of which is the fact that it’s better for the environment.

It can save money, too.


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