Opens by a008Ty


									For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  GM Opens Community Urban Garden in Southwest Detroit
                Repurposed 250 GM shipping crates for raised garden beds

DETROIT – General Motors is unveiling Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt, a community
project where 250 shipping crates from Orion Assembly – home of the Buick Verano and
Chevrolet Sonic – are converted into raised garden beds.

The once-abandoned southwest Detroit parking lot will now benefit nearby residents, providing
them nutritious and locally grown food.

“Instead of recycling this material, we found a direct reuse, which saves energy and resources,”
said John Bradburn, GM’s manager of waste reduction efforts. “We seek opportunities for
projects in our backyard that reduce environmental impact and strengthen communities.”

This project is a result of collaboration with eight-time GM Supplier of the Year Ideal Group, and
composting company Detroit Dirt. The soil, supplied by Detroit Dirt, is sourced from local
partners, including Detroit Zoo animal manure, Astro Café coffee grounds, and composted food
scraps from the Marriott Hotel in GM’s world headquarters and GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck
Assembly Plant, home of the Chevy Volt.

Several organizations helped make the project a reality. Detroit Dirt provided urban planning
expertise, and Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision created the urban environmental plan;
Rush Trucking delivered the GM-donated crates for volunteers from Ideal Group, Congress of
Communities, Better Day Ministries and Southwest Detroit residents to begin planting.

“Our mission is to create a space that promotes the health and security of our community,” said
Frank Venegas, Ideal Group chairman. “Cadillac Urban Gardens is producing vegetables,
community health and growth. This vision came true with fast action on the part of our
collaborative partners. In four short months, we are well on our way to linking sustainability with
producing community growth.”

Invitations for Southwest Detroit families and residents to participate in the urban gardening
project are facilitated through community partners like Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Detroit
Hispanic Development Corporation, Southwest Detroit Business Association and Community
Health and Social Services Center. The lot borders a residential neighborhood and Ideal Group.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the
company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s
brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel,
Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global
leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at


To top