EARTH ANGEL APPLICANT SUBMISSION – Ford
Name 3 or more environmental initiatives your company sponsored in 2007.
"Heal the Bay" sponsorship:
- Ford was a major sponsor of Heal the Bay. Founded in 1985, Heal the Bay is dedicated to making Santa Monica Bay and Southern California costal waters safe and healthy again for people and marine life. It is one of the largest nonprofit environmental organizations in Los Angeles County, with more that 10,000 members. The organization focuses on education, outreach, research and advocacy through programs like Coastal Cleanup Day and its Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Ford has sponsored Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay and their efforts to make California coastal waters clean and healthy since 1995. Originally delivering information and letter grades to just L.A.–area beaches, Ford’s support has helped Heal the Bay expand their Beach Report Card service to cover all beaches in the state via more than 450 monitoring locations. Ford has also provided a hybrid vehicle to the organization’s annual “Bring Back the Beach” fundraising dinner live auction each of the last four years, which has generated more than $155,000 for Heal the Bay.
- "Paint Shop of the Future": One technology of the Paint Shop of the Future combines an advanced chemical formulation of high-solids, solvent-borne paint with an innovative three-part, wet application process that requires a smaller, less expensive and cleaner paint shop than traditional automotive paint facilities. In addition to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 15 percent, the new technology reduces Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions by about 10 percent. Also a part of the"Paint Shop of the Future" Ford installed the third generation of its patented Fumes-to-Fuel system at Oakville Assembly Plant. Fumes-to-Fuel was developed as an environmentally responsible technology to remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the painting operations’ exhaust air. Carbon beads are used to capture the VOCs, resulting in clean exhaust air. The VOCs are then released from the carbon beads and processed for use in the fuel cell. The fuel cell converts the VOCs into electricity.
- 2008 Escape Hybrid On sale this year, the redesigned 2008 Escape Hybrid was rated by the EPA at 34 miles per gallon in city driving, the front-wheel drive Escape Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient SUV on earth, and can go up to 500 miles on one tank of gas. The Also, the 2008 Escape and Escape Hybrid are believed to be the first U.S. automotive applications of 100 percent recycled fabric seating surfaces.
2. Name 3 or more environmental initiatives your company will support in 2008.
- "Sustainable fabrics" : Ford Motor Company and Lear Corporation have joined forces to produce seat foam made from soy-based materials. The first application will appear in the 2008 Ford Mustang available next year. Environmental advantages of soy-foam include; a reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to the current petroleum-based material, lower energy to produce, up to 24 percent renewable content, and a reduction of dependency on volatile energy markets.
- Hybrid vehicles : We also will launch the newest members of our hybrid line-up next year, the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, bringing its total number of hybrids to five (Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2007, Fusion Hybrid and Milan Hybrid, 2008).
- Southern California Edison: In 2008, Ford and Southern California Edison will combine resources to explore ways to make plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles more accessible to consumers, reduce petroleum-related emissions and improve the cost-effectiveness of the nation’s electricity grid. This is the nation’s first collaboration to examine the future of PHEVs as part of a complete vehicle, home and grid energy system.
3. Name any awards your company has received for environmental progress in the past year.
- Energy Star Partner of the Year: Ford Motor Company's actions to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities have earned it the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's coveted ENERGY STAR 2007 Partner of the Year Award in Energy Management. Ford is the first automaker to receive the award two years in a row (2006/2007).
- Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes: Ford Motor Company is again (Sept. 2007) listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) annual review of global sustainability leaders for the sixth consecutive year. Ford is among selected companies from a wide range of different industrial sectors that have been included in the DJSI's best-in-class lists.
- Green Building LEED Certification: Ford Motor Company earned a gold environmental certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for it's development of a 405,000-square-foot retail center in Allen Park, Mich. Fairlane Green is the first retail center to receive gold-level LEED certification as a core and shell development in the United States. The LEED green building rating system is the national standard for evaluating green buildings. The gold designation represents significant achievement.
- Escape Hybrid and Focus Energy Efficiency Award : Ford Motor Company's Escape Hybrid and Focus Wagon are once again listed in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE's) Green Book Online for Model Year 2007. The Greener Choices list highlights some of the top-scoring gasoline vehicles in several segments of the market. These models represent the best in their class in terms of environmental friendliness, according to ACEEE. The list includes only automatics, although many manual transmission versions have higher fuel economy. Also, the EPA ranked the Escape Hybrid #1 in fuel economy for light trucks in its list of most fuel efficient vehicles for the third straight year.
- StoreBrand SRI Best in Class Environmental and Social Performance
- Best Technical Prize In June, Ford won the "Best Technical Prize" for its new paint technology at SURCAR: The International Conference on Automobile Body Finishing in Cannes, France.
Name all vehicles that your company currently has in production that are hybrid, diesel,
solar powered, flex-fuel, natural gas, ethanol, or any other alternative fuels.
In production and/or going into production:
Full Hybrids: Ford Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid and soon to come Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid; Flexible Fuel Vehicles (E85): Ford F-150 truck, Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Car; Ford 2008 SuperDuty F-Series truck Clean Diesel Technology
Research/test/demo vehicles and technology:
Edge HySeries fuel cell hybrid electric plug-in, E85 Ford Escape Hybrid, Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Shuttle Bus, Focus Fuel Cell, Gasoline Direct Turbo Injection engine vehicles
5. Name all environmental organizations your company supports.
Chicago Climate Exchange, USCAP, U.S. Green Building Council, Energy Star, Ceres, USCAR, Clean Energy Partnership, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Canada, TerraPass, CSRwire
6. In 100 words or less, what is your company position and mission on global warming?
Ford has long acknowledged the importance of climate change and energy security and recognizes the potential impact on economic, environmental and social systems. We are deeply concerned about climate change and energy security and recognize that we have a role to play in addressing these issues. Ford is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our products and processes by investing in innovative advanced technologies and producing vehicles that operate on renewable fuels like ethanol. We have invested significant money and resources in research and development related to alternative fuel engines and other environmentally progressive technologies.