GM Toledo Transmission Plant Earns Ohio EPA E3 Award
In September of last year, General Motors’ Toledo Transmission facility won a “Most Valuable Pollution Prevention” award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. In keeping with its award-winning, eco-friendly nature, GM Toledo Transmission earned another award a little less than a year later, this time earning the Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold-level Award for its continued efforts toward reducing its carbon footprint.
“GM is a leader in environmental stewardship,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler. “GM’s efforts are conserving energy and water, improving Ohio’s air quality and, by making the plant more efficient, benefitting the company financially. Indeed, good environmental policy is good economic policy.”
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Among the achievements for which Toledo Transmission is being awarded are: recycling or otherwise reusing all daily waste; reducing energy intensity by 27% over three years, thus meeting the US EPA ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry standard; replacing nearly 4,000 lights with energy efficient T8 fluorescent and LED bulbs and installing motion-detectors to decrease use; using renewable landfill gas to power 19% of the facility; and mentoring area youth on how to help preserve local water quality through GM GREEN.
“This is our community and we believe in being good neighbors,” said Joe Choate, plant manager. “Our people go to work with a sustainability mindset, providing us with innovative ways to build transmissions with less environmental impact.”
GM Toledo Transmission employs more than 2,000 individuals and manufactures six- and eight-speed transmissions for a number of GM vehicles.
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