GM Builds Stronger Communities for a Better World
As the first metro-Detroit based automaker to partner with rePurpose, giving new life to no longer needed corporate assets is just one way General Motors is transforming the automotive industry. So when the company’s leaders began a large-scale transformation and decommission project at GM’s Technical Center in Warren, they turned to the Herman Miller rePurpose program to responsibly dispose of their existing office furniture.
“Every single piece of furniture and equipment inside the spaces we’re renovating is being evaluated, to make sure we find the best possible repurposed use for each item,” said Candice Messing, program manager, General Motors Global Technical Center Transformation. “This is an awesome opportunity for us not only to transform GM’s work environment and culture, but also to benefit the communities in Michigan where we live and work.”
According to Messing, rePurpose is unique because it’s a turnkey solution that benefits everyone. Green Standards, Herman Miller’s partner, manages the program’s logistics.
Tens of thousands of materials – more than 2,000 tons altogether – from GM’s Tech Center, Milford Proving Ground, and its global headquarters in Detroit are being diverted from landfill and donated to about 100 community organizations across Michigan, with a focus on Detroit. The value of in-kind donations is expected to reach about $1 million.
Given GM’s deep involvement in the revitalization of Detroit, the partners are taking this rePurpose project one step further with a three-room makeover at Cody High School in Detroit. In addition to furniture and equipment donations from GM, Herman Miller and its local dealer, MarxModa, are redesigning three multi-purpose and parent-teacher spaces to enhance the educational learning environment for students and faculty.
“We’re so thankful to GM and rePurpose for helping to re-visualize and improve our spaces, so they can better serve the needs of our students,” said Johnathon Matthews, Principal of Cody Academy of Public Leadership. “This program exemplifies the kind of corporate and community partnership we rely on to thrive and succeed.”