Corporate Sustainability: How Major Companies Are Leading By Example

112514_NDgrasslands_originalSustainability is an increasingly important part of corporate planning – and we’re seeing inspiring efforts across nearly every industry. The fifth LEED-certified McDonalds in the U.S. is slated to open in Cary, North Carolina, next spring. Ford Motor Company is installing solar and wind power systems at four of its dealerships. And as this article in The Detroit News explains, General Motors is taking part in a new initiative that pays farmers to preserve grasslands rather than convert them to crop production. GM’s purchase prevents almost 40,000 metric tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere – the equivalent of taking 5,000 cars off the road.
 
GM is hoping other corporations will follow their example – and that’s exactly how leaders of businesses both large and small can inspire climate action. These types of commitments help build confidence in the economic and social value of sustainability. Consumers will see the efforts as proof that companies are aware of climate change and are embracing solutions. And the solutions themselves are becoming part of daily life – something consumers encounter as they shop for a car or drop in for a quick meal.
 
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GM buys North Dakota Grassland Emissions Credits

David Shepardson, Contributor to The Detroit News
 
General Motors Co. is purchasing carbon credits from North Dakota grasslands aimed at reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 5,000 cars through a new government-backed partnership.
 
The U.S. Agriculture Department is announcing the program at its headquarters Monday and hoping other businesses take part. A farm bill grant helped value the credits. GM’s Chevrolet unit has purchased almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons generated on working ranch grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota. GM is acquiring credits from around 6,000 acres.
 
“This announcement is the first-of-its-kind. The amount of carbon dioxide removed from our atmosphere by Chevrolet’s purchase of carbon credits equals the amount that would be reduced by taking 5,000 cars off the road,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. “This public-private partnership demonstrates how much can be achieved with a modest federal investment and a strong commitment to cut carbon pollution.”
 
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