GM Expands Watershed Education Program

GM GREEN is longest-running conservation education program by any automaker

2014-10-24


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DETROIT – General Motors launched its watershed education program in seven new communities across Canada this year, the largest international expansion in the initiative’s 25-year history. The GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) now comprises 53 GM facilities, including all of the company’s U.S. and Canadian manufacturing plants.

GM GREEN is the longest-running conservation education program by any automaker, impacting 150,000 young people through hands-on learning since its inception in 1989.

GM GREEN encourages community engagement by helping youth better understand their impact on local watersheds. It’s a collaboration of partners, from the nonprofit Earth Force that manages the program, to local schools and conservation groups in communities in which GM operates.

“This program is a model for how the public and private sectors can come together to make a meaningful, lasting impact on the environment and in our communities,” said Lisa Bardwell, Earth Force president and CEO. “Through GM GREEN, we are investing in two of our most precious resources – our children and watersheds.”

Through GM GREEN, employees mentor approximately 10,000 students each year in water monitoring events, classroom visits and student-driven watershed improvement projects. Students retrieve, test and analyze water samples, then channel findings into a sustainable action plan addressing water quality issues locally.

The new GM GREEN sites span four Canadian provinces:

  • St. Catharines Powertrain – St. Catharines, Ontario
  • CAMI Assembly – Ingersoll, Ontario
  • Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre – Woodstock, Ontario
  • GM Cold Weather Development Centre – Kapuskasing, Ontario
  • Pointe Claire (Montreal) Parts Distribution Centre – Pointe-Claire, Quebec
  • Langley (Vancouver) Parts Distribution Centre – Langley, British Columbia
  • Edmonton Parts Distribution Centre – Edmonton, Alberta

“Our commitment to the environment isn’t just about reducing the impact of our operations; it’s about getting the next generation of leaders excited about how they can help preserve natural resources and be a positive force in their community,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing vice president. “We work hard to serve and improve the communities in which we live and work around the world.”

More than 3,200 GM employees have been involved in GM GREEN over the past quarter century. Additionally, GM and the GM Foundation provide financial support to the national program and local partners.

GM is committed to conserving water throughout its operations. Between 2005 and 2010, the company reduced water use per vehicle produced by 32 percent and committed to another 15-percent reduction by 2020. Employee dedication to community outreach further makes an impact in protecting this critical resource.

For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.

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GM GREEN is longest-running conservation education program by any automaker

The GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) has engaged 150,000 young people over its 25-year history. Mentors from GM facilities team with community partner organizations and neighborhood schools to teach students about assessing water quality.

GM GREEN is longest-running conservation education program by any automaker

GM mentor Sarah Tea from CAMI Assembly and local students test water quality in Halls Creek during a GM GREEN event in Ingersoll, Ontario. CAMI Assembly is one of seven GM Canada facilities to launch programs in 2014.

GM GREEN is longest-running conservation education program by any automaker

This year General Motors celebrates the 25th anniversary of its signature watershed education program, GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN). GM GREEN is the longest-running conservation education program by any automaker.

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