All GM Manufacturing Facilities in U.S. and Canada Commit to Grow GREEN

GREEN is a partnership among GM, the nonprofit Earth Force, and local schools and conservation groups designed to introduce youth to environmental science and careers in STEM.

The initiative comprises 51 GM facilities and targets 100 percent participation annually. For the past several years, all of the company’s U.S. and Canadian manufacturing plants have participated. Students work alongside GM mentors to retrieve, test and analyze water samples. They then channel their findings into a sustainable action plan addressing water quality in the community, using the information gathered to effect positive change in local watersheds.

GREEN sharpens problem-solving skills, improves knowledge of science and the environment, and encourages community involvement through hands-on learning experiences.

Last year, GM mentors volunteered in water monitoring events, classroom visits and student-driven watershed improvement projects. The program engaged 15,094 students and resulted in 68 projects and six student summits.

“At Earth Force, we develop young people to have the knowledge, skills and motivation to solve tough environmental problems,” said Vince Meldrum, earth Force President and CEO. “Through GREEN, students are applying these skills and knowledge to create more sustainable communities.”

Each GREEN participant benefits from the collaboration, which is a key reason for its growth over the last 28 years. It gives teachers an interactive way to increase student interest in the environment, helps youth see real-life implications of studies, enables local environmental groups to expand their influence, and provides GM employees a fulfilling voluntary mentoring experience. In fact, 92 percent of employees report that GREEN improves their level of workplace satisfaction.

“Our employees enjoy mentoring students through GREEN, showing them what a potential STEM career might look like,” said Mari Kay Scott, GM executive director of global environmental compliance and sustainability. “This initiative helps us to inspire future leaders and serve our communities.”

GREEN has become a successful model for how students, teachers, community partners, and business can work together and make a positive impact on watersheds and in communities.

More importantly, it’s helping instill the values of environmental stewardship and the importance of water conservation in youth, sowing the seeds for true sustainable development in the next generation of leaders.