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GM Receives Keystone Leadership Award for Work with Wildlife Habitat Council

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GM receives Keystone Leadership Award for work with Wildlife Habitat Council

Greg Martin, Margaret O’Gorman and Kevin Butt, as well as presenter Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) at this year’s Keystone Leadership Awards

This week, General Motors was recognized with a Keystone Leadership award, in honor of its work with the Wildlife Habitat Council to establish more habitats in North America.

The Keystone Policy Center, founded 41 years ago by the late Robert W. Craig, has spent the last four decades bringing together leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors to confront issues ranging from sustainability to education to health policy to agriculture.

Since 1994, Keystone has honored organizations and individuals that have shown a similar commitment to lasting policy solutions.

“This year we were proud to honor General Motors for its partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council to expand wildlife habitat, support pollinator health, and enhance biodiversity at locations around the world,” said Christine Scanlan, president and CEO of the Keystone Policy Center. “The award is a great example of how a shared commitment to sustainability can forge a lasting strategy to improve our landscape.”

Through its work with the Wildlife Habitat Council, GM has helped establish roughly 21,000 acres of habitat across North America.

The Keystone Policy Center cited GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant in Michigan as a great example of the partnership’s positive impact on habitat conservation. The facility now boasts 20 acres of grassland with milkweed and other flora essential to native pollinators, such as monarch butterflies, and also supports local water quality and biodiversity.

General Motors also committed in its 2015 Sustainability Report to establishing and improving habitat through the Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Certification at each of its manufacturing sites where feasible by 2020.

Toyota was also recognized at the awards ceremony for its environmental leadership.