General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter - April 2017

Apr 7, 2017 3:15 PM ET

See How Water Bottles Become Car Parts, Filters and Coat Insulation
Through its Do Your Part program, GM is turning recycled water bottles into car parts, air filters, and insulation for coats for the homeless. In this video, GM's global manager of waste reduction, John Bradburn, explains how the process works.
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Vehicle Scrap finds NEW Life at Flint Training Center
Leftover scrap sound-deadening material that insulates a variety of Chevrolet engines is now insulating the walls of the NEW Life Center, a jobs development and training facility in Flint, Michigan. GM tested the material diverted from its Rochester Operations facility in New York for building applications. Now more than 200 pieces have been reused, benefiting the environment and community.
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World Water Day: Lessons from A Water Expert
Whether at the GM's headquarters in the Great Lakes State or an assembly plant in a water-stressed area of Brazil, GM is consistently looking for ways to conserve water. In honor of World Water Day, here are five tips for industrial water conservation from Todd Williams, GM’s senior project engineer for water and wastewater treatment.
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Maven Introduces Reserve, a New Monthly Offering for Members
Maven has expanded its offerings to include a new monthly service, Maven Reserve. Maven members pay a monthly fee to reserve a new GM vehicle loaded with technology for 28 days. Members can download the Maven app to view pricing by market in real time for Maven Reserve.
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Ships, Planes and Automobiles Take a Load Off to Go Green
Lightweighting – the reduction of a vehicle’s mass to enhance performance – is helping manufacturers meet fuel efficiency targets, thus shrinking their customers’ carbon footprints.
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Fashionably Functional: Equinox's Design Enhances Auto
Customers want passenger and cargo space that fits their lifestyle without compromising on fuel efficiency. That was the task for the Design and Aerodynamic teams working on the shape of the all-new 2018 Equinox: to create an all-new compact SUV that is a perfect balance of style, function and efficiency.
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V2V Safety Technology Now Standard on Cadillac CTS Sedans
Cadillac introduces Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications in the CTS performance sedan, beginning with 2017 interim model year cars in production now. V2V-equipped vehicles share information that can be used to alert drivers to upcoming potential hazards, laying the groundwork for a connected, safer future.
4 Ways to Build a STEM Talent Pipeline
GM's long-term success relies on talented teams solving global sustainability challenges and reimagining personal mobility. That’s why the company is passionate about inspiring the next generation of professionals to pursue STEM careers. They can help transform an industry.
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UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Help Businesses Make an Impact
The SDGs, aimed at bettering the world, present business opportunities through development. Corporations can focus on goals that relate to their strengths, like those involving healthcare or education. 
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Green Standards Manages Diversion of GM Office Assets; Boosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Urban Farm in Detroit
Green Standards, a specialized environmental firm that manages furniture and equipment “waste” generated by workplace revitalization and relocation projects, is helping GM manage tens of thousands of office asset donations. 
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GM Recognized for $1 Million Contribution to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program
The American Red Cross recognized GM, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, for supporting Red Cross disaster relief at home and around the world through the Annual Disaster Giving Program with an annual donation of $1 million.
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GM Watching Policies that Pave the Way for Safe Self-Driving Vehicle Testing
Motor vehicle fatalities increased about 8 percent during the first nine months of 2016 compared to fatalities during that time in 2015, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This marks the eighth consecutive quarter in which fatalities have increased. Previous data has shown that more than 90 percent of highway fatalities are the result of human error. Self-driving technology is more than just a business priority for GM; it is an opportunity to save thousands of lives.
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GM Global Headquarters Joins Earth Hour
The General Motors Renaissance Center Global Headquarters participated in the World Wildlife Fund’s hour-long Earth Hour by shutting off all non-essential lights Saturday, March 25, to demonstrate GM’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. The RenCen was one of 3,000 landmarks from over 180 countries participating in the event.
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