General Motors dealers have started to get involved with environmental science as part of the company’s growing watershed education program known as GREEN, through a sub-program called the Green Dealer Program. GREEN is GM’s Global Rivers Environmental Education Network, it’s the longest-running conservation education program by any automaker, and it’s through this program that GM employees partner with local schools and conservation groups to mentor students through water-monitoring events, classroom visits, and student-driven watershed improvement projects.
Employees from Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, the largest retailer of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles in Connecticut, took time to mentor students from Reed Intermediate School in Newtown last week as they conducted water quality testing in local streams. The dealership employees were joined by Chevrolet regional sales and marketing leaders during the event.
The nonprofit organization Earth Force provides training, resources, and coordination to the networks of GM GREEN. In addition to the volunteers, GM and the GM Foundation provide financial support to the national and local programs, contributing over $170,000 in funding to GM GREEN partners in 2014 alone.