It’s not the only General Motors facility that has gained recognition for its environmentally friendly operations, but the Toledo, Ohio transmission plant is the most recent to set the standard for good environment policy.
The Toledo facility, which uses no landfill space and is home to Ohio’s largest rooftop solar array, earned GM the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold-level Award based on ongoing initiatives to reduce the plant’s carbon footprint.
“GM is a leader in environmental stewardship,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler. “GM’s efforts are conserving energy and water, improving Ohio’s air quality and, by making the plant more efficient, benefitting the company financially. Indeed, good environmental policy is good economic policy.”
Among those ongoing initiatives, some of the most major impacts have been reusing all waste and converting it into energy during daily operations, using renewable landfill gas to power 19 percent of the facility’s energy needs, changing a machined parts cleaner solution to one that performed at room temperature, saving water and energy and, finally, meeting the EPA Energy Star challenge for industry to reduce energy intensity by 27 percent over three years.
“This is our community and we believe in being good neighbors,” said Joe Choate, plant manager. “Our people go to work with a sustainability mindset, providing us with innovative ways to build transmissions with less environmental impact.”