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Fort Wayne Factory Named to EPA’s Top Five "Greenest"

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

 

The plant, which makes the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra model trucks, generates 53 million kilowatt hours of green power onsite by capturing methane released from decomposing trash at a nearby landfill. That powers 43 percent of the building’s electricity, and is the equivalent of powering 5,000 American homes a year.

“Renewable energy enables us to reduce risk at our plants and save money on energy costs—facts that prove there’s economic opportunity in addressing climate change,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “None of our U.S. plants use coal as an energy source.”

The Fort Wayne Assembly Plant has been using landfill gas to a small extent for 13 years already, but only last year brought the generation process onsite which allowed them to quadruple their usage.

That’s not all the plant has done, either:  it uses a solar array as well, is ENERGY STAR certified since 2012, is landfill-free (it reuses, recycles or converts to energy all waste from daily operations). It even has an employee-developed wildlife habitat on its grounds, certified just last year by the Wildlife Habitat Council.

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