We understand the value that natural ecosystems provide, not only to our operations, but also to our lives.
To truly embrace our everybody in culture, we develop solutions to preserve biodiversity and restore ecosystems at our facilities and in surrounding communities. These innovations have been implemented through engagements with multiple partners, such as the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Living Lands & Waters group.
GM has published a Biodiversity by Design catalogue with the WHC that shares construction practices and ideas that support wildlife conservation. As an example, a parking lot at our GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, was converted into a green space and planted with native vegetation and pollinators to attract butterfly species.
Since 2007, Living Lands & Waters has planted and distributed over 1.6 million trees throughout the Midwestern United States and beyond. GM has sponsored Living Lands & Waters for the past five years and supported its goal to plant more than 1 million trees, increase biodiversity, reduce erosion, improve water and air quality as well as mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Since 2017, GM sites across the United States and Canada have received 63,058 trees and planted them on-site, in local green spaces and/or in locations chosen by employees and community partners.
WHC certifies land areas that promote wildlife conservation to their set of standards. Through our WHC partnership, GM has achieved:
31 certified programs, the largest within the automotive industry and fourth largest among leading WHC member companies.
17 of those active sites are certified gold programs, the most gold programs of any organization in WHC.
Total of 124 biodiversity projects, focusing on educating and avian protection.
National Wildlife Federation
Our longstanding partnership with the NWF through the GM Eco-Green Schools program provides resources to hands-on environmental projects. Students across the United States participate in wildlife habitat restoration, recycling programs, water preservation and many other sustainability programs. In 2021, more than 2,622 students participated in these projects. GM employees contributed more than 400 volunteer hours to help teachers and mentor students to complete their projects.
Thirty-one trees were planted on the George Washington Carver Elementary School campus for Arbor Day with assistance from Arizona Public Service and other community partners. All trees were intentionally picked for their drought resistance and ability to thrive in the desert ecosystem and provide future shade.