General Motors has received 15 certifications and three awards from the nonprofit Wildlife Habitat Council for establishing wildlife habitats and education programs at facilities in five countries, including the first certified program in China by any company.
The automaker maintains an industry-leading 43 certified programs and actively manages nearly 5,000 acres of wildlife habitat globally, representing 22 percent of the certified sites’ overall footprint.
Some of the newly certified programs include:
- A 27,000-square-foot pollinator garden at the Guangde Proving Ground in China. Pollinators — rapidly declining worldwide — are critical to the reproduction of 90 percent of flowering plants and one third of human food crops worldwide.
- A 3-acre artificial lagoon providing a natural wetland habitat for migrating and local birds at GM’s Ramos Arizpe Complex in Mexico (pictured). The lagoon is particularly important in the water-stressed region of northern Mexico.
- Wetlands and containment lakes used for organic wastewater treatment at the company’s facilities in Joinville and São Caetano do Sul, Brazil. Employees showed students how sustainable manufacturing practices help preserve local watersheds and the flora and fauna that rely on them.
- Bat nesting boxes made from scrap Chevrolet Volt battery covers at Tonawanda Engine and several other GM facilities in the US and Canada. The structures are designed to help preserve bat populations under threat due to white nose syndrome.
GM has committed to creating and securing wildlife habitat certifications or equivalent at each of its manufacturing sites where feasible by 2020.