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Flint Metal Center receives NEP Program Award

FLINT TWP.
— The Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca A. Humphries recently announced that five GM Facilities in Michigan are being recognized with the Neighborhood Environmental Partners (NEP) Program Award, for their outstanding commitment to environmental community outreach. Their community partners also will be recognized for their outstanding environmental contributions.

“I am here today to recognize General Motors’ strong commitment to the environment and its community,” Humphries said. “The future of our economy and our environment depends on strong, healthy and sustainable businesses and communities.”

The NEP Program offers business and citizen groups the opportunity to work together to improve their neighborhoods, making them cleaner and more attractive places to live and work.

“GM’s commitment to the environment extends to all aspects of our business from the way in which we manufacture our vehicles to the environmental performance of our vehicles on the road,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. “Part of this commitment includes the work we do in our communities to help educate on environmental topics and to help preserve our surrounding environment. We thank the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment for their recognition of our commitment to communities in Michigan.”

Of the five GM facilities to receive an NEP award, one of them was the GM — Flint Metal Center for its work with the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) and the Carman Ainsworth High School biology students performing water quality testing on the Flint River. The facility also participated with Dillon Elementary promoting Earth Day activities and hosted household hazardous waste collection days at its site. General Motors — Flint Metal Center worked with the following community partners: Carman- Ainsworth High School, Dillon Elementary, Genesee County Health Department and the Flint River Watershed Coalition.

The other GM facilities were the Lansing Delta Township Plant, Orion Assembly, Romulus Engine Operations and Warren Transmission Plant.

For more information on the NEP Program, visit www.michigan.gov/deqnep, or call the DNRE Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278. — Natalie

Blythe


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