General Motors Sustainability Newsletter - November 2017

Nov 3, 2017 10:00 AM ET
GM Earns Global Leadership in Water Conservation
Managing company water in a sustainable way can drive both business and community value. CDP, a nonprofit global environmental disclosure platform, listed GM on its Water A-List for effective water management practices implemented around the world.
Inside Energy Efficiency with a GM EDF Climate Corps Fellow
Michael Vachiraadisorn, General Motors’ Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow, brought a unique perspective to the company as an MBA candidate at the University of Oregon. During his 10 weeks with GM, Michael used both his engineering background and new business acumen to bring fresh perspective on solving energy challenges.
Charging Gets a Boost from Ridesharing EVs
It’s a classic chicken-and-egg scenario: buy an EV once there is a lot of charging infrastructure and build EV charging infrastructure once there are a lot of EVs. GM, a company who believes the future is electric, is helping to jumpstart the opportunity through its Maven brand.
GM Appoints Pamela Fletcher Vice President – Global Electric Vehicle Programs
GM appointed Pamela Fletcher, who led the team that launched the Chevrolet Bolt EV and created the plan to accelerate our vision of a zero emissions world, to the newly created position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programs. In this new role, Fletcher will lead the vehicle program execution for GM’s entire global electric vehicle portfolio, including the commitment to launch more than 20 all-electric vehicles globally by 2023. 
GM Advances Self-Driving Vehicle Deployment With Acquisition of LIDAR Developer
GM announced it acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe, Inc. As part of the deal, Strobe’s engineering talent joins GM’s Cruise Automation team to define and develop next-generation LIDAR solutions for self-driving vehicles.
Getting to the Source: How the Auto Industry is Driving Toward Sustainable Natural Rubber
At GM, we spend about two-thirds of our operating expenses on materials – buying parts for vehicles. Those parts come from about 20,000 different suppliers. If we can even make incremental improvements in our supply chain, we can create impact. When WWF approached us earlier this year to discuss the state of the global rubber industry, we wanted to help. 
Organizations Work to Reuse 2,500 Pounds of Scrap from Ohio River
Materials lacking end-of-life solutions don't just end up in the landfill - some find their way into rivers and waterways, too. A group of company, government and NGO leaders recently gathered on the Living Lands & Waters barge to help solve the problem.
EPA Green Power Partner Spotlight on General Motors
GM uses a variety of clean energy sources. From wind and solar to renewable thermal, the company is working toward a commitment to power all of its operations’ electricity needs worldwide with renewable energy by 2050. In 2016, the company used 199.8 megawatts of green power. For example, since Orion Assembly received the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award in 2016, it has continued to use renewable energy sources. 
GM Outlines Possibilities for Flexible, Autonomous Fuel Cell Electric Platform
GM aims to solve some of the toughest transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts. The company will display its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities, at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from Oct. 9-11, 2017. The commercially designed platform could be adapted for military use.
Chevrolet Proudly Partners with American Cancer Society for Seventh Year in the Battle Against Breast Cancer 
For the seventh consecutive year, Chevrolet and GM employees, dealers and customers are joining in the fight against breast cancer by proudly supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks.