Earth Day at the GMRENCEN

The GMRENCEN is committed to sustainability and a landfill-free facility. Recognizing Earth Day is not something that we do once a year, but all year long. If you’re looking to participate in Earth Day at the GMRENCEN, here are some ways you can help the building reduce its environmental impact.

Turn off your lights


The General Motors Renaissance Center Global Headquarters participates in the hour-long Earth Hour by shutting off all non-essential lights Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Participating again in Earth Hour demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. (Photo by Jose Juarez for General Motors)

Recently, the GMRENCEN recognized Earth Hour by turning off all nonessential lighting to shine a light on climate action. Even though Earth Hour only happens once a year, we want everyone in the building to be more aware of turning lights off when leaving the office. If you don’t have timers on your lights, please be sure that the last one out turns off the lights.

Do your part and recycle your water bottles

General Motors is turning its employees’ empty water bottles into a full new life: noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles – collected from four of its Michigan facilities – are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation for coats for the homeless community. (Photo by Santa Fabio for General Motors)

Make sure you place your empties in the white cardboard bins marked “clear plastic bottles” so that it’s recycled into the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox v-6 engine cover insulation. Seven bottles go into this part that helps enable a quiet ride. If you’re really thirsty, 31 bottles make up the insulation in The Empowerment Plan coats that turn into sleeping bags for the homeless. Interested in how GM turns plastic into fleece? Check out this video and learn more about the project’s economic and social impact at DoYourPart.GM.Green.

Close your blinds

More than 250 species of night-migrating birds fly over Michigan during their spring migration and most rely in some way on the stars and moon. As birds fly through our well-lit urban areas, the lights in our taller buildings can disorient them and cause them to circle the lit buildings until they either exhaust themselves or collide with the structure. Turning off lights and drawing the blinds during peak migration season helps the birds and saves electricity.

Save some gas

Live near a coworker? Try coordinating a carpool to work and if you live close enough, try biking to the office to recognize Earth Day this year.

Take the stairs

Only need to go down a few floors? Skip the elevators and take the stairs instead to help conserve energy and get in some exercise.


Help reduce waste by using reusable water bottles and coffee mugs. Did you know that Starbucks will give you a $.10 discount for bringing in a reusable coffee cup? It’s really a win, win.

These are just few ways you can celebrate Earth Day in the GMRENCEN. How are you going to recognize Earth Day? Let us know in the comment section.