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Urban Gardens Grow Detroit Communities

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Detroit’s urban garden scene continues to grow in impact, bringing neighbors together and supporting the underprivileged with access to healthy produce. General Motors contributed a small part in fueling this movement through the donation of its steel shipping crates repurposed as raised garden beds. Five years later, 2,000 of the automaker’s crates are home to plantings in 33 different gardens.

How to Measure Social Impact of Community Collaborations

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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.

General Motors Sustainability Newsletter - June 2017

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Highlights from GM’s Latest Sustainability Report
General Motors’ sustainability approach enables the company to serve its customers and shareholders, increase operational efficiency, mitigate risk and improve the communities where it does business. GM summarizes its impact in its annual sustainability report at gmsustainability.com.

New Community Center in Detroit a Model of Sustainability

High performance building materials drive efficiency, optimize energy, sustainability
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DETROIT, May 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ – A network of local and global businesses are collaborating with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) to transform a long-vacant apartment complex in Detroit’s lower North End into a multi-functional community space that will become one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient buildings in Detroit.

Companies including BASF, General Motors, PPG, and others are working together to reimagine how their materials, systems, and techniques can help transform structures into showpieces of innovation and energy efficiency.

Green Standards Manages Diversion of GM Office Assets; Boosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Urban Farm in Detroit

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  • Green Standards oversees landfill diversion of tens of thousands of GM office assets including in-kind donations to community
  • More than 30 nonprofits have benefited and 1,500 tons have been diverted from landfill to date
  • Company donation of $4,500 boosts crowdfunding effort for Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative Debuts America's First Agrihood

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The Michigan Urban Farming Initative debuted America’s first sustainable urban agrihood in Detroit’s lower North End.

Located on about three acres in a Detroit neighborhood, the agrihood features a two-acre urban garden, a 200-tree fruit orchard, a children’s sensory garden and more. The gardens produce fresh and free produce to about 2,000 households in the area.

Business Leaders Propel Sustainable Urban Agrihood in Detroit

Sustainable Brands initiates collaboration between Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, BASF, General Motors, Herman-Miller, Green Standards and others
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GM and MUFI Think Inside the Box for Urban Farming Project

by Antonio Pasolini
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Urban agriculture is growing fast across the U.S. A new collaboration is adding an exciting element of recycling to the concept. It’s happening in Detroit, where General Motors’ local Hamtramck Assembly plant is working with the city’s nonprofit Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) to help build an occupied shipping container homestead.

The 40-feet long, eight-feet wide and 10-feet tall container home will be constructed of 85 percent scrap materials donated by General Motors. Employees will donate their time and skills to help build it.

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