General Motors isn't just interested in building energy-efficient vehicles; the company now says its Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant is the company's first U.S. facility to become Energy Star certified. This means the plant has met strict energy performance levels set by the EPA from 2010 to 2011.
The Michigan plant, which builds the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Chevrolet Traverse, was designed to meet the optimum energy efficiency in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning without using steam, the company said in a press release.
The plant, which opened in 2006, has energy and water conservation features such as rainwater collected from the roof and used instead of potable water to flush toilets. The plant's waterless urinals save more than 1 million gallons of water each year.
"Every day we stress the importance of building vehicles with the environment in mind," Scott Whybrew, Lansing regional plant manager said in a press release. "The collaborative work by our employees to save energy and improve the efficiency of our plant is the key to achieving Energy Star Certification."
The company has also set aside 75 acres on the property to preserve existing plants and wildlife habitat.
"This facility was designed to blend in with the environment, rather than stand out. This designation by the EPA only helps to further that notion." Whybrew added.