General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter - August 2014

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General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter

August 2014

GM Helps Veterans Shift Gears to Civilian Life

General Motors, the U.S. Army and Raytheon Company are teaming up to provide eligible transitioning Army soldiers with skills to become service technicians at GM dealerships after they return to civilian life.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Technologies and Companies Work Together for a Cleaner, Smarter Energy Future

General Motors is bringing its OnStar-enabled Smart Grid solutions to one of the largest electric vehicle industry collaborations. Eight global automakers, including GM, and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute to develop and implement a standardized Smart Grid integration platform.

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Overcoming Hurdles to Use more Renewable Energy

David Tulauskas, GM director of sustainability, discusses why the automaker signed on with 11 other companies to make renewable energy investments easier.

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Helping Farmers Feed the World

Tony Will, president and chief executive officer of CF Industries, discusses how his company is partnering with Chevrolet to help farmers and the environment.

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GM’s Energy Manager Relates Upbringing to Upkeep of Environment

Al Hildreth turned his desire to help the environment into a job helping GM advance its sustainability efforts.

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The ABCs of Building Energy Efficiency

The number of certifications for energy efficiency, as well as the organizations that can help guide you, can make your head swim. This FastLane post cuts through the acronym clutter and breaks down three certifications companies can pursue to improve energy efficiency in their operations.

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GREENER VEHICLES

Malibu Leads U.S. Mainstreaming of Stop/Start Technology

The 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is leading the way in bringing fuel-saving standard start/stop technology to the mainstream sedan market. Ninety-seven percent of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology. It is the most aggressive rollout of stop/start technology in the U.S. by an American automaker.

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RESOURCE PRESERVATION

Fledged Falcons Take Flight at GM’s Technical Center

GM’s technical center in Warren, Michigan, is where many automotive technology and design ideas take flight. The same can be said for the site’s vast bird population—including its latest additions—peregrine falcons.

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SAFETY

Chevrolet Volt Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick + Award

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt with available Forward Collision Alert was the only vehicle out of 12 small cars tested to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2014 Top Safety Pick + award. It also received an acceptable overall score in IIHS’ challenging small overlap front crash test.

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Your Trust is Our Only Benchmark

Global Vehicle Safety VP Jeff Boyer discusses the importance of recent changes to GM’s evaluation of recalls and acting quickly to protect customers.

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12 GM Models Make IIHS’ First-Ever List of Recommended Used Cars for Teens

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named 12 models from current and former GM brands to its first-ever list of recommended used vehicles for teen drivers.

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DIVERSITY

Designing Handcycles, Rebuilding Lives

Travis Wood, a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Army who was injured while serving in Afghanistan, shares his story and how GM, the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Vets and engineering students from the Michigan Technological University helped him take back his life with their unique handcycles for wounded veterans.

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PHILANTHROPY

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Awards $2.5 Million to Nation’s Future STEM Leaders

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, announced new scholarships totaling up to $2.5 million to 100 recipients pursuing careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and other fields related to the automotive industry.

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GM Offers Vehicle Discounts to Education Community

Through Jan. 2, 2015, current employees of a public or private school, university or college are eligible to participate in the new GM Educator Discount program and receive a significant discount on the purchase or lease of a new 2015 or 2014 Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle.

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