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GM Distribution and IT Centers Earn ENERGY STAR Certification from EPA

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General Motors' IT Innovation Center in Chandler, Arizona uses solar to power 9% of its monthly energy usage

General Motors’ IT Innovation Center in Chandler, Arizona uses solar to power 9% of its monthly energy usage

General Motors announced today that eleven of its facilities have earned ENERGY STAR certification from the EPA. Seven parts distributors, three IT innovation office centers, and one global headquarters were all recognized by the agency for superior energy efficiency.

The ENERGY STAR certification denotes that GM’s buildings meet strict efficiency levels set by the EPA and perform better in energy efficiency than 75% of similar buildings nationwide.

“It makes good business sense to pursue a greener product in every segment of the value chain,” said GM’s global energy manager Al Hildreth. “This includes the areas that support our business and keep our company running optimally, like our efficient warehouses, IT centers and office buildings.”

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GM now leads the industry in certified distribution centers, with certified Customer Care and Aftersales facilities in Michigan, Colorado, California, West Virginia, and Tennessee, all of which implemented a number of energy conservation projects. The Customer Care and Aftersales World Headquarters in Grand Blanc, Michigan, for example, installed energy-efficient LED lighting, upgraded its heating systems, and created a “Bring Your Green to Work” event to get employees interested in energy-saving ideas.

“This recognition demonstrates the collaborative work by our employees who are focused on saving energy and improving our efficiency,” said Tim Turvey, GM Customer Care and Aftersales global vice president.

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New General Motors IT innovation office centers in Arizona, Georgia, and Texas also received certification. All three sites average 43% below the median national average for energy use, having been designed and built following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design strategies and practices.