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March 28, 2012

GM Plant Wins Award for Woodland Habitat Development

To go with its distinction as General Motors’ first ENERGY STAR® certified U.S. plant, the Lansing Delta Township facility recently received the International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012…

Now, the Michigan State University campus is not the only aspect of the Lansing area known for being green.

To go with its distinction as General Motors’ first ENERGY STAR® certified U.S. plant, the Lansing Delta Township facility recently received the International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012 Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Landscape Beautification. The award recognizes GM’s dedication to its woodland habitat management and outreach activities enabling the surrounding community to observe and learn about wildlife.

To implement a site-specific woodland management program, the GM plant partnered with the Michigan Forest Association. In 2010, Bill Botti from MFA worked with 10 volunteers to plant 600 silver maple, bur oak and black walnut trees in the northern section of the property where ash trees were dying from the emerald ash borer.

Making this habitat accessible to the community was a key goal for GM.  They marked trails with informational postings regarding topics like the emerald ash borer and installed signs that identify the trees.

The diverse grounds also double as a running and walking trail during the Woods and Water 5K Run/Walk event GM hosts with the Eaton Conservation District. Last year, 96 participants ran, raising $4,100 for the Eaton Conservation District education and conservation programs.

“Each year, we are given the opportunity to reach out to local students and ‘plant the seeds’ of environmental stewardship so that future generations promote, practice and provide economical yet innovative solutions to environmental sustainability,” said Jeff Hummel, Lansing Delta Township senior environmental engineer. “We think our habitat is very unique and we enjoy sharing it with the community.”GM received its award during the Michigan Chapter of the Arboriculture Society at its winter conference ‘ArborCon!’ in Lansing, Michigan on February 21 and 22.

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