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General Motors plans to implement some sustainable features in its Joinville plant in southern Brazil, accrediting the plant for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

GM’s first landfill-free plant includes sustainable features such as a water recycling process which uses reverse osmosis, and the first solar energy system seen in the Brazilian auto industry.

“We are one of the first companies in Brazil to push environmental innovation into the manufacturing space,” said Grace Lieblein, president of GM do Brasil. “Sustainability is in the DNA of our company, and we are incorporating environmental features into our facilities from the ground up.”

Other sustainable features are: sewage treatment with filtering gardens, reverse osmosis to produce purified water for drinking, solar energy to heat 15,000 liters of water per year and power the facility’s lighting on floors and administrative offices, planting of 720 native trees and waste reduction by using recycled content, local materials and certified wood.

If the plant receives the LEED certification, it will be the third after GM’s Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan and its China Headquarters in Shanghai. The Joinville plant is expected to begin production at the end of 2012.