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GM Gets in Touch with Its "Wild" Side in Nature Conservancies

GM Gets in Touch with Its "Wild" Side in Nature Conservancies

By Jeff Youngs, November 16, 2012
In an effort to publicize its eco-friendliness, General Motors recently shared that it is taking small steps to protect our earth's eco system by helping to preserve wildlife habitats at a number of its manufacturing and test track locations.

According to the company, the U.S. automaker now manages wildlife habitats at 25 of its sites around the world. Recently, the company spotlighted three habitats for wildlife in the United States and one in Brazil, which have been certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, a non-profit group that works on restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat and also provides environmental education. Membership includes corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals.

In the United States, GM has created a wildlife habitat on 75 acres that is attached to the Bowling Green, KY, assembly plant for its halo model, the Chevrolet Corvette. Some 42,000 pounds of pulverized ergonomic mats have been recycled to serve as the ground for a picnic area. Sunflowers have been planted and a local Boy Scout troop has planted blue bird boxes on the grounds.

A second habitat is located on the desert proving grounds that GM has in Yuma, AZ. GM is helping relocate saguaro cactuses to this site to make sure the area is stable for nesting.  GM staff are also using water barrels to entice dangerous African killer bees away from the area to relocate them to a safer place and it is helping to remove salt cedar trees that consume the limited groundwater.

On a warehouse site in Drayton, MI, GM has transformed an unused parking lot and surrounding area into a 35-acre wildlife habit that features rolling hills and a storm water retention pond. These changes help sustain deer, expand the bird population, and expand the diversity of flora. GM has worked with the community, government and environmental organizations on the nature projects.

In Brazil, GM's Mogi das Cruzes site features a wildlife habit on 4.3 hectares (10.6 acres). Each year, the company sponsors an environmental week where employees at GM do Brazil have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities and lectures on preserving nature, reusing materials, and saving water and energy.

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