General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter - December 2013

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General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter - December 2013

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General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter

December 2013

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GM Wildlife Habitat Helps the Blind Experience Nature

Among the features of a wildlife habitat behind the General Motors Canada Limited headquarters building is a 4½-mile trail designed to help the visually impaired better experience the preserve’s natural beauty. The McLaughlin Bay habitat is one of 15 GM conservation programs that earned recertification last month during the Wildlife Habitat Council’s annual symposium.

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WASTE REDUCTION

Recycled Crates Yield a Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Goodies

Squash, sweet potatoes, corn, turnips, green beans and other staple holiday dishes crowded dinner tables in plenty on Thanksgiving. For Detroit residents, some of those veggies may very well have grown from GM’s waste reduction efforts – literally.

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America Recycles Day: Rethink Waste and Make Recycling Easy

GM shares recycling best practices and tips for how consumers can reduce waste at home to commemorate America Recycles Day.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

GM Gets Steamy with Detroit Renewable Energy

General Motors and Detroit Renewable Energy  announced a renewable energy project to turn solid municipal waste from Metro Detroit into process steam that will be used to heat and cool portions of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

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RESOURCE PRESERVATION

GM China Has Birds-Eye View of Wetland Preservation

GM China employees recently teamed up with members of the media and local volunteers to educate those who live near the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve.  It’s part of a three-year program called “Restoring Nature’s Habitat” that seeks to help improve ecology, protect biodiversity and educate the public on the importance of preserving the environment.

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GM Mexico Facilities Improve Environment One Tree at a Time

Four of GM’s facilities in Mexico organized several tree planting events in 2013. More than 8,000 trees have been planted by GM employees in the plant communities as a result of the combined efforts.

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GREENER VEHICLES

2014 Buick Regal Boasts More Power, Greater Efficiency

The revamped 2014 Buick Regal  features the sport sedan’s most powerful standard engine ever – and increased fuel efficiency. The 2014 Regal gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, an increase of 3 mpg or 17 percent city economy over the 2013 Regal Turbo.

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GM Ventures Named Corporate Investor of the Year

GM Ventures, the venture capital arm of General Motors, was named Corporate Investor of the Year in the fifth annual Global Cleantech 100 list and report. The award is given to the corporate investor with the largest percentage of its cleantech venture portfolio in the 2013 Global Cleantech 100.

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DIVERSITY

National Society of Black Engineers Leads Path to GM

Leah Miller, hybrid battery test engineer at GM’s Global Battery Systems Laboratory in Warren, Mich., explains how the National Society of Black Engineers helped launched her career in the automotive industry.

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Navajo Code Talkers Honored for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, General Motors invited Navajo Code Talkers Peter MacDonald and Bill Toledo to share stories from World War II with GM employees and fellow veterans.

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GM Engineer Receives the SAE 2014 J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders

Cindy Svestka, engineering group manager, was selected as the 2014 winner of the J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders based on her excellence in creatively dealing with the challenges professional women face in the mobility industry as well as her contributions to social missions, charities and educational outreach programs such as the EcoCAR 2 program.

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PHILANTHROPY

GM Recognized as Company of the Year by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) selected General Motors as its Company of the Year for its efforts in advancing science, technology, mathematics, and engineering, or STEM, education in the Hispanic community, and enhancing the achievement of its Hispanic employees.

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UAW-GM Fundraiser Supports Moms and Babies

The UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, in partnership with the Michigan Chapter of the March of Dimes, drew the winning raffle ticket for a new 2014 Buick LaCrosse, awarded in the March of Dimes Annual Campaign. This year’s proceeds contribute to more than $1.3 million raised by UAW-GM locations since 2006.

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GM Foundation Grants $2.9 Million to Higher Education

The General Motors Foundation announced grants totaling $2.9 million to support 26 leading universities and partnering organizations across the country this year through its University/Organization Partner Program. The initiative provides funding to advance secondary education curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields important to the automotive industry.

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Keywords: Environment | Waste Reduction | diversity | energy efficiency | greener vehicles | philanthropy | resource preservation

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