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Chevy will spend $40 million on 16 new green projects

Chevrolet announced it is supporting 16 projects across the U.S., and plans to spend up to $40 million to reduce carbon dioxide pollution.

The Mitchell Technical Institute owns one of the turbines at this wind farm in Mitchell, S.D. It is used to provide vocational training for students. GM

Chevrolet announced a five-year investment in 16 carbon-dioxide-reducing, ranging from biomass to wind turbines. Progress on the projects will be documented in videos over the next two months so the public can watch.

The automaker will spend up to $40 million on the projects to prevent up to 4.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, a little more than half of the goal of 8 million metric tons, from entering the air, Chevrolet said in a press release.

One project replaces natural gas with renewable biomass--mostly waste wood--to heat gardening plant greenhouses at Metrolina Greenhouse in Huntersville, N.C.

Another project includes a 108-turbine wind farm in Mitchell, S.D. Seven of the community-owned wind turbines provide rural farmers and residents with locally generated power and financial returns.

And a project in Culbertson, Mont., and Garvin, Minn., captures waste heat, that would otherwise be vented from natural gas pumping station motors, recovering to generate electricity that is fed back into the grid.

"Now that we're committed to 16 diversified projects, we are fortified in our support of community-based, carbon-reduction initiatives," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy, in a press release. "It's fulfilling to back organizations working toward building a cleaner, more secure energy future."

Chevrolet will also launch an Eco-conscious app that allows consumers to plant virtual trees on their Facebook walls. Chevrolet will plant a real tree in a U.S. forest next year for each virtual tree planted--up to 175,000 trees.

A waste heat recovery project captures heat that would otherwise be vented from natural gas pumping station motors and recovers it to generate electricity, which is fed back into the grid. GM
A project in the Missouri Coteau Region in North Dakota preserves native prairie land to support waterfowl and other wildlife by preventing it from being converted to agricultural use. GM/Peter Beck