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GM GREEN Program Includes Wentzville Students

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Today’s Students Become Tomorrow’s Engineers Through Watershed Education Program

Students participating in the GM GREEN program engage in environmental science as they work to actively improve habitat and address water quality issues around Wentzville. Their efforts will be shared and celebrated at the Ribbon Cutting of Heartland Park, in a summit event showcasing the power of young environmental stewards.

The General Motors Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GM GREEN) encourages a community-wide approach to help youth better understand their impact on local watersheds. The program builds students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience around environment changes and challenges.

Employees from Wentzville Assembly, the City of Wentzville, and Earth Force support these young people as they conduct water quality testing in local streams and channel their findings into a sustainable action plan addressing water quality issues in Wentzville.

“It is incredible to watch our young people direct real-life applications of what they are learning in the classroom, many for the first time,” says Jamie Paige from the City of Wentzville. “As a city, we are grateful to be a part of that experience so they continue to be inquisitive about science and involved in our community, growing as civically-minded citizens.”

The City of Wentzville has organized GM GREEN in Wentzville for 12 years. The nonprofit Earth Force provides learning resources and coordination to the networks of partners in 40 communities across North America in which GM operates.

“GM GREEN nurtures collaborative environmental stewardship and exemplifies the best in STEM education and our commitment to serve and improve Wentzville,” said Nancy Laubenthal, Plant Manager at Wentzville Assembly. “Access to clean water is essential to all communities, and this program encourages students to be leaders in advancing water quality and conservation.”



GM GREEN engaged over 14,000 young people throughout the U.S. and Canada last year, the 25th anniversary of the program. It is the longest-running conservation education program by any automaker.

For more information about Earth Force and the GM GREEN program, visit www.earthforce.org/GMGREEN.

To learn about GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.

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, Colorado. 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 reducing water pollution, administering environmental regulations, and providing public education and opportunities for involvement through the Stormwater Management Program. Since 2008, the City has involved 13,769 young people in programs and projects that improve the health of their watersheds with the help of 9,227 community volunteers. Learn more about our five year plan, goals, and community projects by visiting www.wentzvillemo.org or follow us at @WentzvilleMo.