You know that ENERGY STAR sticker on your washing machine?
It’s part of a worldwide effort by the Environmental Protection Agency to identify products that save money and protect the environment.
Everything from air conditioners to water heaters can get the sticker, including massive vehicle assembly plants.
That’s right: Even massive vehicle assembly plants.
Today, GM’s Lansing Delta Township has been awarded the ENERGY STAR certification from the EPA for performing in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. They also met strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
To achieve this designation, the plant took the following action:
• Designed the plant to meet LEED Gold standard for energy efficiency in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning without using steam.
• Integrated energy management into monthly performance scorecards.
• Utilized efficient lighting and daylight harvesting to conserve energy.
• Monitored hourly energy use and plant controls, keeping non-production energy to a minimum.
• Engaged employees to think green through an energy quality suggestion program.
It was all part of a monumental effort by the Lansing Delta Township team and GM energy professionals to reach this point.
“Every day we stress the importance of building vehicles with the environment in mind,” said Scott Whybrew, Lansing regional plant manager. “The collaborative work by our employees to save energy and improve the efficiency of our plant is the key to achieving Energy Star Certification.”