General Motors Co. Orion Assembly has received a Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program Award for its commitment to community-oriented environmental projects.
“Orion Assembly is committed to ongoing community-based education and environmental awareness and is a proud partner to local schools and organizations,” said Martin Harrington, Orion Assembly assistant plant manager.
The plant was cited for helping with testing the water quality around the plant and for promoting environmental education.
GM personnel from the Orion plant participated with Scripps Middle School in an annual watershed monitoring day, along with members of the Clinton River Watershed Council.
Orion Assembly volunteers assisted the teachers at Children’s Creek and helped students test the water quality. Employees from the plant also served as mentors, helping students understand the data and test results and discuss the value of keeping the water clean.
Orion also hosted 150 Scripps Middle School students, who toured the assembly plant and observed the on-site recycling center where plastic caps, plugs, bags, etc. are collected firsthand by employees.
The students then toured the power house facility and the landfill gas boiler where the facility offsets coal and natural gas consumption with renewable methane gas piped from two local landfills.
Orion Assembly was not the only GM facility to collect awards from the Department of Environmental Quality.
GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly and Regional Stamping, Romulus Engine, Warren Transmission and Flint Metal Center also were honored by state officials.
Source: The Oakland Press