As part of a Ford Accelerated Action Day today, nearly 700 Ford employees have volunteered to participate in 49 different environmental and beautification projects in their communities. Ford provided nearly $55,000 in grants to purchase tools, wood, plants, and other supplies to complete this eco-friendly work.
“Protecting our natural resources is a critical part of creating a better world,” says Ford Volunteer Corps Director Janet Lawson. “We’re building and planting in sustainable ways and the e-waste recycling drive goes a step further to keep potentially hazardous electronics out of landfills.”
Ford volunteers are completing the work alongside some 20 nonprofit groups in southeast Michigan, each funded in-part by Ford’s $55,000 in grants. The projects range from cleaning up shorelines and other public areas, to creating new gardens and boardwalk sections, to removing invasive, non-native plant species like the garlic mustard that’s taken root at Brighton’s Metroparks location.
The Ford Volunteer Corps has grown to include more than 30,000 people, working on some 1,700 projects across six continents. With today’s Ford Accelerated Action Day, the automaker’s commitment to reducing waste and energy usage at its manufacturing facilities, and its large investment into electrified-drivetrain technology, the environment seems to be of particular concern to the company.