General Motors of Argentina - Rosario Plant

Project #: 260532  –   Updated: March 17, 2016

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General Motors Company’s Rosario Plant is located in Santa Fe, Argentina. The site’s Natural Protective Area, where the educational activities take place, consists of approximately 7000 square meters that stretch along the south boundary of the Rosario Plant manufacturing site. The Habitat consists of native prairie, a channel and a woodland area that allows visitors to experience different types of habitat and observe how they interact. The site’s educational program seeks to provide educational opportunities, from environmental conservation, to manufacturing sustainability, which extend ...

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General Motors Company’s Rosario Plant is located in Santa Fe, Argentina. The site’s Natural Protective Area, where the educational activities take place, consists of approximately 7000 square meters that stretch along the south boundary of the Rosario Plant manufacturing site. The Habitat consists of native prairie, a channel and a woodland area that allows visitors to experience different types of habitat and observe how they interact. The site’s educational program seeks to provide educational opportunities, from environmental conservation, to manufacturing sustainability, which extend beyond classroom study with hands-on experience.

Rosario Plant has established a trail network throughout the habitat that includes informational
signs about the native flora and fauna on site, a bird watching area, several observation points, a compost area for organic wastes, educational points of interest, and a gathering area for visitors to sit and observe the habitat—made up of a circle of recycled materials such as pallets, cable rails, overlooking the Natural Area . This area is known as the Eco Island. Students also participated in the trail construction by constructing the nest boxes. They learned about different migratory bird nesting habits and how placement of nest boxes attracts certain species. Rosario Plant’s tours with high school and University students have been really successful and known in the area. In 2014, 67 students from public schools and Engineering classes from 3 local Universities visited the site. Before each tour, environmental lectures with themes regarding to sustainability, nature preservation, waste segregation, natural resources conservation, and green fields preservation are presented. Employees and community members also toured and explored the habitat, both in groups and independently, to conduct species inventory and discuss management techniques.

The team has also focused on outreach events to disseminate sustainability concepts. Events use the native plant areas where students are able to see nature and participate in activities, such as lectures and tree planting. Viewing sustainability initiatives captures the interest of school children during visits, while promoting ideas of wildlife conservation elsewhere in the community.

Rosario is currently implementing a new visit area which can be used for ecological hiking so the students can learn more about the local fauna and flora facts. In the future they plan to add at least one educational video focusing on environmental care and wildlife. They will also work with a University professor to develop a guide with labeled photos to help identify the native and invasive plants.

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