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Green Standards Manages Diversion of GM Office Assets; Boosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Urban Farm in Detroit
Green Standards Manages Diversion of GM Office Assets; Boosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Urban Farm in Detroit

PRESS RELEASE -  Green Standards oversees landfill diversion of tens of thousands of GM office assets including in-kind donations to community  More than 30 nonprofits have benefited and 1,500 tons have been diverted from landfill to date Company donation of $4,500 boosts crowdfunding effort for Michigan Urban Farming

Corporate Responsibility Puts Ford Among World's Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Straight Year
Corporate Responsibility Puts Ford Among World's Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Straight Year

PRESS RELEASE - With its focus on being a good corporate citizen, Ford Motor Company has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the eighth straight year – the longest streak for any auto manufacturer.

Toyota, Shell Place Their Bets on Fuel Cells for the Future
Toyota, Shell Place Their Bets on Fuel Cells for the Future

COLLABORATION - While electric vehicles have long been identified as a leading solution to reduce emissions and combat climate change, hydrogen fuel cells are still met with significant criticism. The flammability of the element leaves many skeptical about the feasibility of fuel cell vehicles, but for companies such as Toyota and Shell, hydrogen is the future.

Ford Looks to AI, Biomimicry Solutions to Stay Ahead of the Curve
Ford Looks to AI, Biomimicry Solutions to Stay Ahead of the Curve

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two new announcements from Ford highlight how the auto and mobility company is harnessing technology to get ahead. With ambitious plans to launch an autonomous vehicle in 2021, Ford has announced that it is investing $1 billion over the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company founded by former Google and Uber leaders, to develop a virtual driver system.

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Trending: Auto Industry Giants Invest in New Energy Vehicles
Trending: Auto Industry Giants Invest in New Energy Vehicles

CLEANTECH - In moves that will spur new energy vehicle demand, two new auto industry partnerships provide a look at a low-carbon economy of the future. First, Honda Motor Co Ltd and General Motors Co (GM) have announced ambitious plans to expand pollution-free hydrogen fuel power systems in the US from 2020, a move that will not only create new jobs, but also drive forward the shift away from fossil fuel-dependent vehicles.

How Innovation Could Bring Us to Peak Oil by 2020
How Innovation Could Bring Us to Peak Oil by 2020

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Energy companies are grossly underestimating low-carbon advances with a business-as-usual approach says a new report co-authored by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative. The report also points to the falling costs of electric vehicle and solar technology as having the potential to halt the growth in global demand for oil and coal from 2020, challenging the wisdom of backing fossil fuel expansion.

GM and Honda to Establish Industry-First Joint Fuel Cell System Manufacturing Operation in Michigan
GM and Honda to Establish Industry-First Joint Fuel Cell System Manufacturing Operation in Michigan

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC) today announced establishment of the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company. Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit. Mass production of fuel cell systems is expected to begin around 2020 and create nearly 100 new jobs. The companies are making equal investments totaling $85 million in the joint venture.

Ford Teams Up with TfL to Clean Up London’s Air
Ford Teams Up with TfL to Clean Up London’s Air

COLLABORATION - Ford and Transport for London have announced a new multimillion-pound project designed to help improve air quality in London. The project features a 12-month trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom vans that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power. The arrival of the new program is well-timed: Just five days into the new year, the City of London surpassed its 2017 air pollution limit, calling major attention to the serious air pollution problems the city currently faces.

Cisco Helps Accelerate Digitization in the Netherlands
Cisco Helps Accelerate Digitization in the Netherlands

PRESS RELEASE - Cisco has launched a targeted investment program called Digital Acceleration Netherlands (DAN), aimed at helping to boost the digitization of the Dutch economy and society. Over the next three years, Cisco will be working closely with the Dutch government, industry and education, through the DAN program and its strategic activities. This program is designed to run in parallel to, and help accelerate the “Digital Agenda for the Netherlands” (which was published by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in July, 2016). By accelerating the national digitization agenda the Netherlands can grow its GDP, create new jobs and provide innovation and education across public and private sectors.

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Toyota to Participate in Collaborative Research for the Creation of a Hydrogen-Based Society in the United Arab Emirates
Toyota to Participate in Collaborative Research for the Creation of a Hydrogen-Based Society in the United Arab Emirates

PRESS RELEASE - Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to collaborate with Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Air Liquide, and Toyota distributor Al-Futtaim Motors in a joint research program to explore the potential of hydrogen energy use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon society. As part of the program, Toyota will begin driving and refueling demonstration tests of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in the UAE from May 2017.

Renault, Fiat Chrysler Latest Automakers Accused of Using Emissions-Cheating Software
Renault, Fiat Chrysler Latest Automakers Accused of Using Emissions-Cheating Software

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - History has a tendency to repeat itself, but in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal in 2015, it would seem unlikely that other automotive companies would make the same mistake.

GM Donates $1.7 Million Across U.S. Through Community Grants Program
GM Donates $1.7 Million Across U.S. Through Community Grants Program

PRESS RELEASE - In 2016, General Motors awarded $1.7 million to nonprofit organizations located in and serving General Motors communities across the U.S. through the company’s Community Grants Program. With a special focus in the areas of STEM education, vehicle and road safety, neighborhood revitalization and workforce development, the program allows facilities to designate grant funding to organizations vital to addressing the needs of the employees and customers in their region. “GM’s commitment to our local communities runs deep,” said Lori Wingerter, senior manager, Global Corporate Giving at GM. “While building cars that people love is why we’re there, the Community Grants Program empowers our neighbors and fosters sustainable change in the communities we serve.”

Ford Announces Major EV Push; Adds 700 U.S. Jobs Making EVs, Autonomous Cars
Ford Announces Major EV Push; Adds 700 U.S. Jobs Making EVs, Autonomous Cars

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ford today detailed seven of the 13 new global electrified vehicles it plans to introduce in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the iconic F-150 pickup and Mustang in the U.S., a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Europe and a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles for customers globally.

Building a Society of Sustainable Mobility: Nissan SVP and CSO Hitoshi Kawaguchi
Building a Society of Sustainable Mobility: Nissan SVP and CSO Hitoshi Kawaguchi

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Chief Sustainability Officer is a crucial position within any business, working at the very core of a company’s sustainability strategy. When Nissan decided to appoint its first CSO, CEO Carlos Ghosn personally chose SVP Hitoshi Kawaguchi for the job. We spoke to Kawaguchi about Nissan’s approach to CSR and CSV (Creating Shared Value) and the role each plays in working towards a society of sustainable mobility.

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Wrangler, Toyota Celebrate Major Achievements in Water Savings
Wrangler, Toyota Celebrate Major Achievements in Water Savings

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ambitions to reduce environmental impact by slashing water use are driving brands in industries of all kinds to rethink their manufacturing processes. This week, both Wrangler and Toyota announced they have risen to the challenge and have plenty to show for their efforts. Having recently reached a milestone of three billion liters of water saved since 2007, denim and casual apparel brand Wrangler announced on Wednesday that it plans to reduce water usage at its facilities by 20 percent by 2020.

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

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 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.

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

PRESS RELEASE - Waste reduction improves efficiency and reduces costs Using recycled materials drive innovations in product development

C40 Pledges End to Diesel, Partners with J&J to Link Urban Air Quality to Human Health
C40 Pledges End to Diesel, Partners with J&J to Link Urban Air Quality to Human Health

COLLABORATION - At the recent C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City, the City – along with Paris, Madrid and Athens - pledged to remove all diesel vehicles by 2025, as part of an effort by mayors to improve the quality of air for citizens. The pledge also includes a plan to incentivize alternative vehicles and promote walking and cycling infrastructure, helping to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Diageo Unveils VR Experience That Reminds Holiday Drinkers to Make Better Driving ‘Decisions’
Diageo Unveils VR Experience That Reminds Holiday Drinkers to Make Better Driving ‘Decisions’

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Alcohol and spirits giant Diageo has unveiled “Decisions,” a first-of-its-kind virtual reality (VR) experience that puts consumers of legal drinking age in the middle of a fatal drunk driving crash. This launch is Diego’s latest effort to educate and meaningfully impact consumers about the importance of responsible decision-making when drinking.

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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

PRESS RELEASE - 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.

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