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Wentzville Assembly among 49 GM sites to participate in 25-year program

 

 

Employees from GM’s Wentzville Assembly, the City of Wentzville and Earth Force staff, and students from Wentzville Middle School will wade into local waterways this fall as the automaker celebrates the 25th anniversary of its signature watershed education program, GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN).

 

Through the years, GM and local partners have matched 142,000 students with more than 3,000 employees to retrieve, test and analyze water samples. They then channel findings into a sustainable action plan addressing water quality issues in their communities. GM GREEN sharpens problem-solving skills, improves knowledge of science and the environment and encourages community involvement.

The City of Wentzville has organized GM GREEN in Wentzville for 11 years, facilitating the activities with local schools. The nonprofit Earth Force provides learning resources and central coordination to the networks of partners in 33 communities across North America in which GM operates.

“GM GREEN allows young people in Wentzville to become better connected to their local waterways,” said Jamie Paige, Stormwater Management Coordinator at the City of Wentzville. “Through the program and the support of local community partners, students use the science, math, and technology skills they learn in the classroom and apply them toward solving real-life water quality issues.”

Wentzville Assembly has participated in the GM GREEN program since 2003. Last year Wentzville Assembly employees mentored 536 students through 10 water monitoring events, classroom visits, and student-driven watershed improvement projects.

“GM’s longstanding support of the program wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated employees,” said Nancy Laubenthal, Plant Manager at the Wentzville Assembly. “Wentzville Assembly employees will continue to mentor students this year to commemorate the 25th anniversary and further our commitment to community engagement and preserving our environment.”

For more information on GM GREEN, visit www.earthforce.org/GMGREEN or contact Kristen at kmueller@earthforce.org.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com

Earth Force is a national 501(c)3 organization with headquarters in Denver. Its mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and its network of partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become lifelong leaders in addressing community issues. Visit www.earthforce.org or follow @earthforce on Twitter to learn more.

The City of Wentzville keeps our community clean and healthy by preventing water pollution, enforcing environmental regulations and providing public education and opportunities for involvement through the Stormwater Management Program. Since 2008, the City has involved 10,470 young people in programs and projects that improve the health of their watersheds with the help of 7,219 community volunteers. Learn more about our five-year plan, goals, and community projects by visiting www.wentzvillemo.org/stormwater.aspx.

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