General Motors has announced the expansion of its Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) to seven new communities in Canada. GM’s GREEN initiative is the longest-running conservation program by any automaker, prompting over 150,000 young people to learn more about environmental impact on watersheds.
The GREEN initiative comprises of a number of collaborative partners from the Earth Force non-profit organization. Employees mentor around 10,000 students each year in water monitoring events and student-driven watershed improvement projects. To help learn more about the importance of water issues and water availability, students retrieve, test and analyze water samples, then put their findings to use in a sustainable action plan.
“This program is a model for how the public and private sectors can come together to make a meaningful, lasting impact on the environment and in our communities,” Lisa Bardwell, Earth Force’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Through GM GREEN, we are investing in two of our most precious resources – our children and watersheds.”
This latest expansion of the GREEN initiative is the largest in the program’s long 25-year history. The new sites consist of several of GM’s Canadian facilities. They are: St Catharines Powertrain in St. Catharines, ON., CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, ON., Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre in Woodstock, ON., GM Cold Weather Development Centre in Kapuskasing, ON, Pointe Claire Parts Distribution Centre in Pointe-Claire, QC., LangleyParts Distribution Centre in Langley, B.C., and Edmonton Parts Distribution Centre in Edmonton, AB.
GM’s GREEN initiative is part of the company’s commitment to conserving water in its operations. Between 2005 and 2010, iy reduced the amount of water required to produce a vehicle by 32 percent and is committed to reducing it by another 15-percent by 2020. GM says getting its employees involved in community outreach and education programs such as GREEN helps to further protect water as a resource.
“Our commitment to the environment isn’t just about reducing the impact of our operations; it’s about getting the next generation of leaders excited about how they can help preserve natural resources and be a positive force in their community,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America’s Manufacturing vice president. “We work hard to serve and improve the communities in which we live and work around the world.”