General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter - June 2016
GM Strengthens Business, Communities through Mobility
The rules of vehicle use and ownership are changing rapidly, according to GM’s latest Sustainability Report (gmsustainability.com). Connectivity, car-sharing, alternative propulsion and autonomous vehicles are key elements toward a future of safer, cleaner and more efficient mobility options for customers.
Maven Reaches One Million Miles Driven; Boston, Chicago, and D.C. Join Lineup
In less than four months, Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, has grown to five markets: New York City, Ann Arbor, Mich., and announced Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
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Saving Energy Pays – For Neighbors and Sustainability-Minded Workers
Here’s how amping up rivalry around the block and rewarding innovative employees can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Corporations School US Universities on Buying and Using Clean Energy
In 2015, corporations bought roughly 3.2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from utility-scale renewable energy facilities, which generate power from sources like wind and solar and then pump it into the grid to supply energy to utilities and other customers. But universities may be the next big customer for utility-scale renewable energy.
Recycling Water Bottles Will Never Go Out of Style
In the fashion and auto industries, recycling water bottles into ballgowns or car parts is the latest trend to follow the push to reuse paper, plastic and electronics.
Together, Companies and Supply Chains Can Reduce Carbon Footprints
Company leaders are rallying behind sustainability, realizing its importance to overall strategy. According to McKinsey’s global annual sustainability survey, CEOs increasingly see it as a priority. And a large business – one that works with hundreds or thousands of suppliers – can make a greater impact by engaging its supply chain in sustainable practices.
Kids Learn about STEM from the Environment
More than 4,000 kids are participating in a new environmental education initiative that’s helping them learn about STEM subjects through a green lens. GM Eco-Green is a collaboration among the National Wildlife Federation and General Motors’ dealers, suppliers and non-manufacturing facilities across the U.S.
GMC Enlists Josh Duhamel to Support Building for America’s Bravest During Military Appreciation Month
In honor of Military Appreciation Month, and as part of the ongoing relationship between GMC and veteran support program Building for America’s Bravest, the brand is calling on its staff, fans and fellow Americans to support the foundation’s work to build life-changing smart homes for severely injured service members.
GM Canada Donates $100,000 to Support Alberta Fires Relief
GM Canada has committed $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to aid communities affected by the Alberta fires and the ongoing relief efforts. GM Canada employees, dealers, distributors and GM Financial employees are also providing individual support to the Canadian Red Cross.
General Motors Young Latino Professionals Receive National Leadership Honor
Two GM young Latino professionals – a software developer and an automotive engineer – were among 35 young professionals recognized nationally for their leadership by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).
Military Appreciation Month: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
May is National Military Appreciation Month, and Chevrolet is joining the National Navy SEAL Museum to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military, particularly its special forces. Chevrolet will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the all-new, Special Operations 2016 Chevrolet Silverado to benefit the Navy SEAL Museum and its foundation.
Accelerating an EV Future
Britta Gross, director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors, spoke to a room of more than 500 sustainability professionals at the Ceres Conference in Boston about moving electric vehicles into the mainstream.
General Motors’ Lighter and More Efficient Lineup
General Motors has a comprehensive strategy to lighten vehicle weight through mixed materials and advanced joining techniques to increase vehicle performance, efficiency and fuel economy.