Ford: Working for a Better World

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show and Ford Digital Summit. One of the things that I love most about my job as a blogger are the unique experiences I am able to have doing things I’d never be able to do otherwise.

ford digital summit

I certainly never imagined myself walking down the halls of an international auto show as a member of the press, admiring the beautiful cars and the fascinating innovations from car manufacturers around the world.

international auto show

In addition to eating a ton of fabulous food, hanging out with some of my favorite fellow bloggers, and enjoying The Henry Ford Museum, the Rouge Factory, and a fun night at TechShop, we had the chance to learn from some of the best of the industry.

bloggers at an event

The weekend was more than seeing lots of shiny new cars – this trip opened my eyes to the power that large corporations hold to kick-start positive changes in our world.

living roof at ford in detroit

When we toured the Rouge Factory, where Ford F-150s are built, we traveled up to the observation deck and learned about the many forward-thinking and green initiatives that Ford has implemented over the last several years.

Here are just a few of the fun (and inspiring) facts that we learned:

  • In 1996, Ford became the first automaker to certify all its plants worldwide according to the environmental management standards set forth by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
  • Ford Motor Company has been successful in reducing energy and natural resource usage, protecting the environment, and following environmental laws and regulations.
  • Since 2002, more than 1500 new trees have been planted at Ford Rouge Center.
  • The living roof that covers the Ford Rouge Factory provides insulation, cleans the air and rainwater, and reduces the urban heat effect.
  • The green roof will last twice as long as a traditional roof, lowers summer temperatures inside by up to 10 degrees, absorbs up to 4 million gallons of rainwater, and weighs less than 15 pounds per square foot even when wet.

Later that day, we had the chance to sit with leaders from companies that have partnered with Ford’s green business initiatives.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Ford is committed to a greater global sustainability strategy to reduce its environmental footprint and develop new fuel-efficient technologies.

About 85% of the materials used in Ford vehicles (by weight) are recyclables, including doors, seats, tires, stereos, steering wheel column, batteries, and more.

“We are beginning to sell electric cars – and developing alternative power trains that will make cars affordable in every sense of the word – economically, socially, and environmentally.” –Bill Ford

Ford is doing their part, bringing other companies with them, and helping families like us do the same. One of the most inspiring quotes I heard was “Families don’t have to be 100%…. They can pick and choose which changes they want to make that make sense with their home, budget, and situation.”

What are you doing to follow innovative companies like Ford to make our world a better place?

Written by Lolli, author of Better in Bulk  and mother of 5 kids (yes, 5 kids) in the Washington D.C. area. You can follow Lolli on Facebook  or on Twitter @1momof5.

My travel to Detroit, activities, and all accommodations were covered by Ford but all thoughts are my own.


About Crystal Reagan

Crystal is Owner & Editor of Simply Being Mommy. She is a work-at-home mom and enjoys being wife and mommy. She loves family, travel, chocolate and Diet Coke.

Comments

  1. 1

    I love that Blue Ford Mustang!

  2. 2

    I’ve actually been more interested in their design now – aside from the love I have always had for the mustang. Contemplating getting the edge!

  3. 3

    I hope to replace my aging Explorer, with another one someday. Love Ford trucks.

  4. 4

    Looks like a great experience. the cars look great.

  5. 5

    All my cars but one have been Ford’s I really want the new Explorer.

  6. 6

    Sounds like a neat event. Those Mustangs are pretty neat!

  7. 7

    Looks like a fun event. Love the photos!

  8. 8

    My BIL is trying to convince us to get a Ford. We’re in the market for a new car.

  9. 9
    Debrah Reid says:

    I am happy that Ford is trying to do more for our enviroment. I owned a Ford years ago but had a horrible experience with it and the company. I hope that they have improved the quality of automobiles and their customer service as well.

  10. 10

    Sounds like a wonderful event! Love the photos!

  11. 11

    My husband is very loyal to Ford

  12. 12

    What BEAUTIFUL colors on both the old and new ones! I love that they are doing this. Planting new trees is So important in this concrete world!!

  13. 13

    Wowza, that stage is huge. I’ll be honest, I was never a big fan of Ford until they did not accept bail out money when the economy tanked. Now, I’ve added them to my possibilities list for my husband’s next vehicle.

  14. 14

    I had a great time at the auto show and all of the experiences that weekend. It really opened my eyes to Ford– both the company and the cars.

  15. 15

    The Ford Flex is my dream vehicle, but that Mustang is nice!

  16. 16

    I totally want that mint green ford!

  17. 17

    Ford is a great car maker! We’re looking into getting a Ford Escape soon. Sounds like an interesting event.

  18. 18

    Looks like you had a great time and I love that Ford is making a conscious effort to go green.

  19. 19

    Nothing like American made cars I bet that RED Ford mustang in the back was HOT!!

  20. 20

    What a cool experience and awesome to be in the know on the new trends and improvements they’re making!

  21. 21

    OHHH I love that convertible. What a fun experience!

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