General Motors Sustainability Newsletter - August 2017

Aug 3, 2017 10:25 AM ET

97 GM Facilities Connect with Nature for World Environment Day
Nearly 100 GM facilities participated in World Environment Day, an observation established by the United Nations. This year’s theme: “connect people to nature.” While all of GM’s manufacturing sites conduct at least one environmental outreach activity a year, this is the second time GM rallied its teams to measure its collective impact within roughly the same period.
Texas A&M Students Create Building Envelope Designs from GM Manufacturing Scrap
GM thinks of waste as a resource out of place. To help make the zero-waste mindset more mainstream, the company engages others in its mission, including students. Most recently it was Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture helping reimagine waste materials to keep them in use.   
Why a Car Company has a Pollinator Program
GM is committed to using its lands to increase and promote native biodiversity – and it encourages other companies to do it, too. Presenting at the Electric Power Research Institute Conference, Sue Kelsey, GM’s global biodiversity program manager, shared benefits of making commitments related to sustainable growth.
How to Measure Social Impact of Community Collaborations
The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is working to debut America’s first sustainable urban agrihood – a neighborhood growth model with agriculture at the center of a mixed-use development. The all-volunteer nonprofit provides free produce to 2,000 households within 2 square miles annually, and it is growing into a diverse campus with the help of companies that believe in its mission.   
GM Pilots STEM Camp for Elementary Students in Detroit’s Cody Rouge Community
More than 2,500 GM team members are putting on their gloves, work boots and safety glasses and returning to Detroit’s Cody Rouge community July 24-28 for the company’s annual week-long volunteer event.
GM Student Corps Celebrates 5 Years of Enhancing Communities and Changing Young Lives
The GM Student Corps is celebrating its fifth and largest year of helping young people in underserved school districts transform their communities and jump start their futures through paid internships, important life skills training, career and college preparation.
GM Helps Accelerate Resident-Led Community Transformation Plan
GM, The Skillman Foundation and the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance are collaborating to revitalize and strengthen the Cody Rouge community in Detroit. The groups will amplify collective strengths and capital – both human and financial – to achieve measurable positive change in the neighborhood, which recently announced a strategic, resident-led transformation plan.
Chevrolet Brings All-Electric Technology from the Moon to Earth
In July 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts explored the moon in the first electric-powered Lunar Rover, thanks to help from General Motors engineers. Fast-forward to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and it’s clear once again that GM remains at the forefront of EV engineering. With an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on a single charge and costing a fraction of the Lunar Rover’s $38 million price tag, the Bolt EV has made driving electric attainable for the Earth-bound.
Chevrolet Offers Worried Parents Free OnStar Family Link
Throughout August, Chevrolet is offering customers three months of free OnStar Family Link. OnStar Family Link allows parents to stay connected to their teens no matter where their young drivers roam by providing access to teens’ vehicle locations. Parents can also set up email or text alerts to know when a vehicle has arrived and departed a destination or traveled outside a specific area.
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