June 25, 2012

Second GM Facility Receives ENERGY STAR Certification

By 2020, GM is committed to reduce total waste by another 10 percent and reduce energy intensity 20 percent from its facilities. Given the recent accolades for General Motors’ Lansing Customer Care and Aftersales parts distribution center, the company is well on its way.

The Lansing distribution center recently reached landfill-free status and earned ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The facility generates 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 35 percent less energy than similar buildings nationwide. It also is GM’s 100th facility to recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.

“GM is committed to reducing its environmental footprint worldwide,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory policy. “This distribution center in Lansing is proof of our drive to be energy efficient and increase recycling throughout our operations.”

To meet the strict energy performance levels set by the EPA, the center performed various energy efficiency measures, including upgrading its lighting from metal halide fixtures to 5,200 fluorescent tube fixtures with motion sensors. The effort cut energy use and costs in half.

Achieving landfill-free status makes good business sense, too. Since 2011, the distribution center generated:

• $42,358 in revenue from recycling 325 tons of cardboard and 1,054 tons of wood pallets.
• $27,947 in revenue from recycling 59 tons of lead acid batteries.

These initiatives serve the company’s ongoing energy efficiency and waste-reduction efforts.

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