November 20, 2007

General Motors’ Michigan plants certified by Wildlife Habitat Council

Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has earned certification by the Wildlife Habitat Council for two of its Michigan plants, by replacing concrete and mowed lawns with native plants and other habitat enhancements.

The two sites, in Warren and Bay City, give General Motors a total Council-certified acreage of over 875 sites at 12 sites in Canada and the United States.

“Manufacturing plants don’t have to be surrounded by stubby grass and barren cement,” said Ray Tessier, global director, GM Environmental Services. “At General Motors, we understand that our land can be used to support native plants and animals, and to educate about environmental conservation.”

At the Powertrain Bay City, the plant’s wildlife team planted blue spruce and Douglas fir trees along the Saginaw River, installed bluebird and American kestrel nesting boxes, and worked on the construction of rain gardens at a nearby elementary school. At Powertrain Warren, over three acres of the plant’s grounds were planted with grasses and wildflowers typical of Michigan’s former tall-grass prairies.

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