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GM environmental community action.

We're Part of the Community

GM Canada and our employees are vital members of the communities in which we live, work, and play. We are your neighbours, local volunteers, and customers. That is why we are involved in and have initiated many community-based efforts to educate, take action, and promote the viability and sustainability of our communities.

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McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve

The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve is prime example of good stewardship of the lands entrusted to GM Canada.

McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve

The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve is prime example of good stewardship of the lands entrusted to GM Canada. It was created to provide a place for wildlife to flourish in an urban setting and to establish a continuous corridor for wildlife and people along the Lake Ontario shoreline. It also provides a home and migratory staging area for a wide variety of plants and animals while ensuring public access to the waterfront for non-consumptive activities.

The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve demonstrates what can be accomplished when business, government and the public work together to protect precious habitats, wildlife and the environment.

Proud Supporter of GREEN

GM is a proud supporter of the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN)

Proud Supporter of GREEN

In 2014, GM celebrates a milestone anniversary of its signature watershed education program, GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN). For the 25th year, company employees will wade into waterways across the U.S. and Canada. Through the years, GM has matched 142,000 students with more than 3,000 employees to retrieve water samples, test and analyze them.

The program is a collaboration of partners, from the nonprofit Earth Force that facilitates the activities, to local schools and community conservation groups in 26 communities in which GM operates across North America. Through hands-on experience, this successful partnership effort works to engage our youth and entire communities in watershed education and river protection efforts. Young people are supported by GM mentors who help them see the "real-world" application of science. With the aid of their mentors, students use scientific knowledge to discover community problems and then work to create lasting solutions to pressing water quality issues.

Pitch-In Lake Ontario Waterfront

GM employees participated in the Pitch-In Canada during Earth Week to help clean up the environment.

Pitch-In Lake Ontario Waterfront

Each year during Earth Week, employees and support staff from the Oshawa Vehicle Assembly participated in Pitch-In Canada. Leading a group of students from G.L. Roberts CVI, the GM volunteers helped by collecting trash in and along Oshawa Creek. Meanwhile, another group of GM volunteers helped clean up the area surrounding the facility.

In 2011, the City of Oshawa recognized the GM volunteers from the Oshawa Assembly Plant with a Certificate of Appreciation for their participation in Pitch-In Canada 2011.

McKinnon Park Tree Planting

GM McKinnon Park tree planting.

McKinnon Park Tree Planting

In 2002, the former administration building at St. Catharines Powertrain facility was removed and the area was redeveloped into a small park named McKinnon Park. This allows the community, as well as the employees, to enjoy this natural space.

In addition to McKinnon Park, the facility planted 8,500 trees in the south yard (not open to the public) in 2011.

CAMI/Upper Thames River Conservation Authority Partnership

CAMI Assembly Plant has been partnering with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority ( UTRCA) since 2008.

Conservation Authority Parnership

CAMI Assembly Plant has been partnering with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority ( UTRCA) since 2008 to enhance its facility’s wildlife habitat by planting over 2,000 trees around the stormwater pond. By 2018, the facility has committed to plant an additional 12,000 trees to create a corridor for wildlife habitat in the northwest area of the site. This project began in 2013 and involved participation of UTRCA and volunteers from the facility, local students and community.

St. Catharines Powertrain / Niagara College Partnership

St. Catharines Powertrain / Niagara College Partnership

There is a multi-faceted partnership between St. Catharines Powertrain and Niagara College which involves providing internship projects for Post-Graduate Environmental courses, environmentally focused plant tours and involvement on the College’s Environmental Program Advisory Committee.

St. Catharines Proposed Renewable Energy Project

St. Catharines Proposed Renewable Energy Project

GM St. Catharines facility is assessing a proposed renewable energy project that would use renewable landfill gas to generate electricity and heat on-site for use by the plant. For more information, please see below.

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