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GM Communications Oshawa, Ontario media.gmcanada.com

GM Canada Celebrates the Clean Air Foundation’s Gold Award for Climate Change from the Canadian Environmental Awards
Oshawa, Ontario (June 5, 2007) – General Motors of Canada congratulates the Car Heaven program of the Clean Air Foundation and program director, Fatima Dharsee, for winning the Gold Award for Climate Change at the Canadian Environmental Awards last night in Montreal. “The Canadian Environmental Awards are the premiere environmental awards in Canada and for the Car Heaven program to be recognized is an outstanding achievement,” says Marc Comeau, vice president, sales, service and marketing, General Motors of Canada. “We’re delighted with the success of the Car Heaven program, our partnership with the Clean Air Foundation and its positive impact on the environment.” The Clean Air Foundation developed the Car Heaven program in 2000 to encourage Canadians to retire their old, higher polluting vehicles and to ensure that these vehicles are recycled in the most environmentally responsible manner possible. In May 2005, GM Canada partnered with the Clean Air Foundation to offer eligible Car Heaven donors $1,000 towards the purchase of a new GM vehicle. This partnership has proven to be a strong and valuable alliance. Participation in Car Heaven has more than tripled and the impact on the environment has been significant. Through the Car Heaven program, in 2006 alone, more than 16,000 older vehicles were replaced with new GM vehicles. The emissions of these more than 16,000 old vehicles are equal to the emissions of more than 320,000 new vehicles that have new advanced emission technologies. In that same year, the program prevented the release of 8,710 tonnes of carbon monoxide, 2,105 tonnes of smog-forming emissions and 26,910 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. This is the third major recognition the Car Heaven program has received in 2007. Earlier this year, the program received a 2007 Environmental Pyramid Award of Recognition from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) for “outside the box” thinking that created a program to help significantly reduce the impact of the automobile on the environment. Car Heaven was also recognized in the recent federal budget. The Canadian Environment Awards: A Celebration of Community Achievement is a national program that recognizes individuals and groups of Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to the protection, restoration and preservation of the Canadian environment. General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is engineering and manufacturing advanced environmental technologies ranging from Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and hybrid systems to E85 biofuel and fuel cell vehicles – more than any other auto company right here in Canada. Headquartered in Oshawa Ontario, GMCL employs more than 19,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through 743

dealerships and retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network include Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac. - 30 Contact: Adria MacKenzie GM Canada (905) 644-1824


				
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