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

PRESS RELEASE - 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

PRESS RELEASE - 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

PRESS RELEASE - 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

PRESS RELEASE - 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.

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UPS Pursues Ambitious Sustainability Research Projects with U.S. Department Of Energy to Power the Future of Trucking
UPS Pursues Ambitious Sustainability Research Projects with U.S. Department Of Energy to Power the Future of Trucking

PRESS RELEASE - A pair of Department of Energy grants awarded to UPS (NYSE: UPS) will enable the company and a world-class team of engineers to conduct cutting-edge research aimed at reducing emissions and revolutionizing the charging process for electric trucks. The grants, announced today, are part of the Department of Energy’s efforts to spur innovation and promote more efficient cars and trucks.

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

PRESS RELEASE - 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.

Ford Doubling Team, Partnering with Startups to Offer Fully Autonomous Ride Sharing by 2021
Ford Doubling Team, Partnering with Startups to Offer Fully Autonomous Ride Sharing by 2021

CLEANTECH - Ford has announced a plan to have a ride-sharing service featuring high-volume, fully autonomous, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)-defined level 4-capable vehicles in commercial operation by 2021. To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.

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

PRESS RELEASE - 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.

Ford Gets $6 Million from U.S. Department of Energy for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research
Ford Gets $6 Million from U.S. Department of Energy for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research

PRESS RELEASE - The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding about $6 million in funding for projects at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico that advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. Ford will use the money to develop a uniquely American fuel-cell catalyst production process, according to U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, who announced the funding Thursday afternoon.

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Fueling the Future
Fueling the Future

PRESS RELEASE - Toyota and Horizon Educational Group Challenge SoCal High School Students to Build Fuel Cell Vehicles TORRANCE, CALIF. (Aug. 9, 2016) – Game-based learning. Augmented reality virtual field trips. Biometric eye-tracking to determine how students absorb and understand content.

Energy Use Halved at Ford’s New Dagenham Production Line
Energy Use Halved at Ford’s New Dagenham Production Line

PRESS RELEASE - The line, which will be running at an initial capacity of 350,000 engines per year, is designed to reduce water and energy consumption by over 50% per engine produced compared to the previous production line. The company estimates that the water saving per year will be in the region of 17.5 million litres compared to 2011. This is enough to fill seven Olympic-sized swimming pools, and makes Dagenham the most water-efficient Ford plant in the world.

WWF and Toyota Form Global Partnership, Join Forces on Living Asian Forest Project and Climate Change
WWF and Toyota Form Global Partnership, Join Forces on Living Asian Forest Project and Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE - WWF and Toyota Motor Corporation have entered into a five-year agreement aimed at accelerating the globe's transition to sustainability. Through this partnership, the organizations will work together to promote biodiversity conservation, raise environmental awareness and accelerate the move toward a "zero carbon" society. Toyota is the first car company and the first Japanese company to sign a Global Corporate Partnership agreement with WWF. The agreement went into effect on July 1, 2016.

Musk Envisions Tesla at Center of Sustainable Energy, Urban Transit, Sharing Economy
Musk Envisions Tesla at Center of Sustainable Energy, Urban Transit, Sharing Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Billionaire industrialist Elon Musk is doubling-down on the ambitious vision he laid out in August 2006. In a blog post, Musk recently revealed his “Master Plan, Part Deux,” which extends beyond a corporate strategy for his electric car company Tesla, covering the breadth of the sustainable energy chain from generation and storage, to electrification of several types of vehicles, to the sharing economy.

Toyota Trialling Hydrogen-Fuelled Vehicles in Australia
Toyota Trialling Hydrogen-Fuelled Vehicles in Australia

PRESS RELEASE - Toyota believes hydrogen-fuelled vehicles are more viable than electric ones — and it has brought three of its Mirai models to Australia to prove it. The Mirai is already on sale in Europe, Japan and California and uses an on-board fuel cell to convert hydrogen into electricity. The small demonstration fleet will be accompanied by a portable refuelling station, which will allow the company to tour the vehicle around the country for maximum exposure. When the Mirai’s hydrogen supply is running low, it can be fully refuelled in a matter of minutes — a stark contrast to the longer charging times of most electric vehicles. The Mirai can also travel roughly 500km before needing a refill.

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Ford Unveils Latest Sustainability Report, South African Pilot to Deliver Medical, Nutrition Services
Ford Unveils Latest Sustainability Report, South African Pilot to Deliver Medical, Nutrition Services

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ford Motor Company’s 2015-16 Sustainability Report highlights key environmental benchmarks and the ongoing work of the automaker, including its expanded focus beyond vehicle production to developing mobility solutions for the future. The future of mobility Earlier this year, the automaker created Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a new subsidiary to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services using existing Ford innovations, products and technologies.

GM invests $10m in Canada plant to boost driverless technology
GM invests $10m in Canada plant to boost driverless technology

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors has announced plans to invest $10m (£6.96m) in a Canadian plant as part of an effort to boost driverless technology and cold weather testing. GM will also hire 1,000 new workers in Ontario to focus on research for connected and driverless cars. Canada, and particularly Ontario, has been promoting its car-making sector as it attempts to compete with Mexico. Canada has been fighting to keep carmakers in the country. Many have been lured to Mexico, where production is cheaper and the cars have the same tariff free access to the US market.Ontario's Premier called the investment a "vote of confidence".

POWER PLAY
POWER PLAY

PRESS RELEASE - POWER PLAY Toyota’s New Plano Campus Drafts Impressive Energy & Environmental Line Up  

Thinking Outside the Room: Catalyzing and Speeding Up Purpose-Driven Innovation
Thinking Outside the Room: Catalyzing and Speeding Up Purpose-Driven Innovation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The San Diego breeze rustles the palm fronds above the Mission Bay Patio - it's nice to be in an outdoor presentation space enjoying the Southern California climate. The topic for the afternoon is innovation, and the panel brings a good range of perspective. Carrie Majeske kicks things off by detailing some of Ford's initiatives under the tagline, "Driving change for a better world."

Duck, Duck, GOOSE!
Duck, Duck, GOOSE!

PRESS RELEASE - Duck, Duck, GOOSE! Toyota Tagged to Receive Keystone Leadership in Environment Award  

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Toyota is Ready to Catch Some Rays in Plano
Toyota is Ready to Catch Some Rays in Plano

PRESS RELEASE -  Toyota is Ready to Catch Some Rays in Plano   Toyota’s New Plano Campus Will Get 25 Percent of Power from the Sun Plano, Texas and San Diego, Calif. (June 6, 2016) – It might not be the sunshine state, but Texas gets its fair share of sun.  And when Toyota moves into its new North American headquarters next year, the automaker plans to “catch a ray.”

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