GM Kokomo Joins Environmental Stewardship Program

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GM Kokomo Joins Environmental Stewardship Program

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 9:50am

CAMPAIGN: GM Energy Efficiency

CONTENT: Press Release

KOKOMO, Ind., October 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ – General Motors’ Kokomo Operations is now a member of the Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program. The voluntary, leadership-based organization honors companies for going above and beyond Indiana’s environmental regulations.

GM Kokomo Operations, which makes electronic control modules for engines and transmissions, semiconductors, and safety electronics and sensors, continuously drives to improve the efficiency of its facility and positively impact the surrounding community. The operations are landfill-free and achieved a water reduction of 4 million gallons annually.

Efforts to reduce the facility’s environmental impact include heat recovery, a process using heat reclaimed from cooling tower water to preheat water destined for its water system. As a result, the company eliminated the need to heat city water for its operations while avoiding the use of approximately 7 million kilowatt hours of energy. GM received a return on its investment within a year.

The state recognized GM Kokomo for other initiatives, such as meeting the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry and achieving Environmental Management System ISO 14001 certification. The facility has reduced its energy intensity by more than 23 percent in just three years by replacing high-intensity discharge lighting with energy-reducing fluorescent fixtures and empowering site employees to identify energy waste.

Since 2000, GM Kokomo has completed 52 environmental improvement programs that led to reductions in energy and water consumption; waste water discharge; volatile organic compound emissions, and hazardous air pollutant emissions.

“The Environmental Stewardship Program fits well with the number of other ways we’re working to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Steven Hartwig, Kokomo Operations plant manager. “Not only are we committed to manufacturing in a responsible way, we’re taking our efforts outdoors to engage our partners and the community.”

Since 2010, GM Kokomo has been a Partner for Pollution Prevention through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, sharing its commitment to reduce pollutants, use energy more efficiently and conserve natural resources through forums with area businesses.

GM’s 1,000 Kokomo employees also share their environmental knowledge with the next generation of leaders through the GM GREEN watershed education program, rolled out this year with employees at the facility. Employee volunteers mentor students on water quality through hands-on testing and analysis in Kokomo Creek.

Additionally, the facility is developing local habitats right in its own backyard. A pollinator garden has taken root at GM Kokomo and will provide a home for a number of species.

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

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.  GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

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CAMPAIGN: GM Energy Efficiency

CONTENT: Press Release