The Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program has deemed General Motors’ Kokomo (not what The Beach Boys sang about) Operations the newest member to its organization. The voluntary organization honors companies for going far beyond the state of Indiana’s environmental regulations.
GM Kokomo is responsible for producing electronic control modules for engines and transmissions, semiconductors, and safety electronics and sensors. The operations at the facility are completely landfill free, and have reduced their water consumption by 4 million gallons annually.
The facility has implemented a new heat recovery process, which entails reclaiming heat from cooling tower water to then preheat water destined for its water systems. This ultimately led to the elimination of any need to externally heat water for the operations. The process saves approximately 7 million kilowatt hours of energy, and within one year GM received a return on its investment.
GM Kokomo has implemented 52 improvement measures since the year 2000 that led to reductions in energy and water consumption; waste water discharge; volatile organic compound emissions, and hazardous air pollutant emissions. “The Environmental Stewardship Program fits well with the number of other ways we’re working to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Steven Hartwig, Kokomo Operations plant manager. “Not only are we committed to manufacturing in a responsible way, we’re taking our efforts outdoors to engage our partners and the community.”
Since 2010, the Kokomo facility has been heavily involved with Partner For Pollution Prevention, and it shares its commitment to reduce and save resources. Through GM GREEN, the 1,000 employees share their knowledge with the next generation of leaders, and even take mentor students to hands-on testing of local water sources to check for quality discrepancies.