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JULY 2006

 

Decorated VehicleStudent decorated E85 vehicle donated to the Nature Conservatory

Janesville, WI— The UAW Local 95 General Motors Janesville Assembly plant unveiled a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, which has been transformed into a work of art by combining the designs of talented Janesville School District elementary students, reflecting artistic interpretations of nature conservation and renewable fuels such as E85 ethanol. Students, teachers and parents gathered to receive their first glimpse of the decorated vehicle, which is part of a donation from General Motors that includes $15,000, to aid the efforts of The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.

Twenty-six students transformed this 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe into a work of art. In cooperation with the Janesville School District, approximately 1,500 students at 11 local schools participated in a contest to have their artwork featured on the donated Chevrolet Tahoe. The winning images were selected by the school district and then superimposed across the entire body of the E85-capable, flexible-fuel vehicle.

The School District enjoyed the opportunity to increase students’ awareness of alternative fuels.

GM Janesville Assembly Plant Manager Gary Malkus stated, "The UAW Local 95 Janesville Assembly workforce plays an important role in addressing energy concerns and petroleum consumption, and has built more than 500,000 E85-capable full-size SUVs. Now, a uniquely decorated, E85-capable Tahoe will help The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin with their rugged conservation work."

The Nature Conservancy received the donated vehicle from GM to help with efforts to preserve Chequamegon Bay, Mukwonago River Watershed and the Door Peninsula. Mary Jean Huston, executive director, The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin reported, "With more than $24 million in cash and trucks donated by GM over the past 12 years to support The Nature Conservancy's efforts around the globe, we hope to continue our environmental conservation partnership for years to come."


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