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The SDGs: Who Is Leading the Way One Year Later?
The SDGs: Who Is Leading the Way One Year Later?

6 years ago - Every 15 years, the United Nations gets together to determine its next steps in bettering the earth and the people on it. In late 2015, this took the form of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs focus on climate action, decreasing poverty, increasing access to health, reducing inequality, and increasing sustainable development, in both rural and developed areas, over the next 15 years. Although the goals appear broad and ambitious, the UN aims to further the advancement of people while protecting and fostering the health and wellbeing of the planet.

GM Exceeds Landfill-Free Goal, Starts Testing Autonomous Vehicles
GM Exceeds Landfill-Free Goal, Starts Testing Autonomous Vehicles

6 years ago - General Motors (GM) achieved a record number of landfill-free facilitiesin 2016, exceeding its commitment four years early. The company now operates 152 global facilities that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations, including 100 manufacturing sites and 52 non-manufacturing sites.

Investors Urge 100 Companies to Make Good on Science-Based Targets Commitments
Investors Urge 100 Companies to Make Good on Science-Based Targets Commitments

6 years ago - Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) announced today that they have sent letters to over 100 publicly held companies – including Adobe, Boeing, International Flavors & Fragrances, Keurig Green Mountain, Motorola, Tiffany & Co. and VF Corporation - encouraging them to make good on statements that they would adopt science-based GHG reduction goals within

Trash Talk: GM Has Record Year for Landfill-Free Operations
Trash Talk: GM Has Record Year for Landfill-Free Operations

6 years ago - Waste reduction improves efficiency and reduces costs Using recycled materials drive innovations in product development

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Business Leaders Propel Sustainable Urban Agrihood in Detroit
Business Leaders Propel Sustainable Urban Agrihood in Detroit

6 years ago - Watch the Video Here. SAN FRANCISCO, November 30, 2016 - Sustainable Brands® joins forces with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) and BASF to debut a mixed-use urban agriculture development project today. A new Community Resource Center in Detroit’s lower North End is the result of business leaders in the Sustainable Brands community collaborating to redefine growth and development models in urban communities.

America’s First Sustainable Urban Agrihood Debuts in Detroit
America’s First Sustainable Urban Agrihood Debuts in Detroit

6 years ago - The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) is debuting America’s first sustainable urban agrihood, an alternative neighborhood growth model in Detroit’s lower North End that positions agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use urban development. Totaling about three acres and nestled in a neighborhood among vacant land, occupied and abandoned homes, MUFI’s urban agrihood features a bustling two-acre urban garden, a 200-tree fruit orchard, a children’s sensory garden, and more. Annually, the urban garden provides fresh, free produce to about 2,000 households within two square miles of the farm.

General Motors, Herman Miller and Green Standards Partner for Landfill-Free Solution to Office Transformation
General Motors, Herman Miller and Green Standards Partner for Landfill-Free Solution to Office Transformation

6 years ago - Pilot program benefits about 100 Michigan-based community organizations, with a focus on Detroit. Detroit’s Cody High School among first to participate with furniture and three-room makeover.

GM Makes its Largest Green Energy Purchase to Date
GM Makes its Largest Green Energy Purchase to Date

6 years ago - DETROIT — General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its U.S. facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River.

Trending: Global Commitments to Renewables, Climate Solutions Swell Following Election, COP22
Trending: Global Commitments to Renewables, Climate Solutions Swell Following Election, COP22

6 years ago - This year, the U.S. election fell in the midst of the United Nations climate negotiations (COP22). While the results have led to some unease and uncertainty, they certainly haven’t halted commitments and funding for renewable energy and other climate change solutions.

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Energy-Efficient Operations Save GM $73 Million in 2016
Energy-Efficient Operations Save GM $73 Million in 2016

6 years ago - DETROIT — The installation of 186,000 LED bulbs and fixtures is one of many steps helping General Motors save $73 million in energy costs in 2016. Global efforts to increase energy efficiency play a significant part in GM’s goal of meeting the electricity needs of its worldwide operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

GM China Engages Suppliers in Energy Projects that Saved $1.3M
GM China Engages Suppliers in Energy Projects that Saved $1.3M

6 years ago - General Motors China engaged eight of its parts suppliers in a yearlong “Green Supply Chain” initiative designed to reduce energy consumption. The suppliers implemented 64 projects that resulted in emissions and facility noise reductions, as well as optimized lighting and energy management system improvements. Altogether, these suppliers realized savings of more than 9.3 million yuan ($1.3 million), and reduced carbon dioxide by more than 5,500 metric tons. This is the equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 142,000 trees grown in the U.S. for 10 years. GM China supported the suppliers through training programs, energy audits and conservation projects.

HPE Sets Goal to Increase its Products’ Energy Performance 30x By 2025
HPE Sets Goal to Increase its Products’ Energy Performance 30x By 2025

6 years ago - Lara Birkes, CSO at HPE, talks about HPE's bold new goals: Thirty times more efficient in 10 years. That’s the ambitious goal Executive Vice President Antonio Neri announced at the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit in New York this week. By 2025, Hewlett Packard Enterprise will increase the energy performance of our product portfolio by 30x from a 2015 baseline.

General Motors: How Companies Can Protect the Nation’s Pollinators
General Motors: How Companies Can Protect the Nation’s Pollinators

6 years ago - Pollinators – bees, bats, butterflies and more – may be small in size, but they have a huge impact on our lives. Scientists estimate one out of every three bites of food we eat exist because of them. Without pollinators, our diets would be limited. Companies, however, can play a role in protecting them.

RE100, EP100 Convince Even More Big Names to Invest in Cleaner, Smarter Energy
RE100, EP100 Convince Even More Big Names to Invest in Cleaner, Smarter Energy

6 years ago - During Climate Week NYC 2016 this week, several companies made bold commitments through The Climate Group’s two leading corporate energy campaigns: RE100, which is focused on transitioning to 100 percent renewable power, and EP100, a new initiative focused on doubling energy productivity.

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GM Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050
GM Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050

6 years ago - DETROIT – General Motors plans to generate or source all electrical power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with 100 percent renewable energy — such as wind, sun and landfill gas — by 2050. “Establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal helps us better serve society by reducing environmental impact,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs.”

GM’s Environmental and Social Initiatives Land Company on Dow Jones Sustainability Index
GM’s Environmental and Social Initiatives Land Company on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

6 years ago - DETROIT – General Motors was again ranked on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for corporate sustainability leadership in the automotive industry. This is the second year GM has been selected as an index component and the company remains the only automaker on the North American index. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the leading global benchmark for corporate sustainability. DJSI tracks leading sustainability-driven companies based on investment firm RobecoSAM’s analysis of financially relevant environmental, social and governance factors.

Academia Meets Automotive: College Students and GM Unite to Boost Sustainability
Academia Meets Automotive: College Students and GM Unite to Boost Sustainability

6 years ago - General Motors created its first Student Sustainability Advisory Council this year to begin a new dialogue on sustainability. Composed of five graduate students from MIT, Penn State, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan and Stanford, the council provides fresh perspectives on sustainability at GM. The company convenes formal stakeholder dialogues through Ceres and informally through various other sustainability networks. This initiative, however, offers students the opportunity to take a step inside the company and lend their unique insights into our sustainability strategy and priorities. The students come from diverse backgrounds, but they all share an interest in the subject.

GM Facilities Across the Globe Take Action on World Environment Day
GM Facilities Across the Globe Take Action on World Environment Day

6 years ago - General Motors’ commitment to sustainability is shared by its facilities around the world. To celebrate this collective mission to protect the earth and serve communities, GM rallied employees to take action to support World Environment Day, a global movement organized by the United Nations. Sixty-two GM manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities organized environmental outreach activities.

GM Recycles 2 Million Flint Water Bottles into Fleece
GM Recycles 2 Million Flint Water Bottles into Fleece

6 years ago - DETROIT – General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered with Schupan Recycling to collect the bottles. The plastic is washed, flaked and turned into fleece to make three products: Chevrolet Equinox V-6 engine covers, insulation for The Empowerment Plan coats for the homeless, and air filters for 10 GM plants.

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Capturing Rainwater Will Save GM Plant Millions of Dollars
Capturing Rainwater Will Save GM Plant Millions of Dollars

6 years ago - A new project to capture stormwater at GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly – home of the Chevrolet Volt – is slated to save the plant nearly $2 million every year. The initiative, two years in the making, now allows the plant to reuse rainwater for manufacturing processes throughout the 4 million square foot facility.

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