Earth Day 2013 is fast approaching, and the team here at Ford Social wants to know how you plan on going green this year. Sustainability is a big deal for Ford, and we hope that you will take a few minutes this Earth Day to examine the way your actions impact the environment.
If you’re still searching for ideas, we’ve got some ideas inspired by actions that Ford has taken for you to think about.
Let’s start with a simple one: restore a green space by planting a tree. Early spring is one of the best times to plant trees, so now is the time to get outside and get planting. Not only does this help the environment, but a tree planted on the east or west side of a home may cut your electricity bills by providing shade during hot summer months.
Ford has taken the notion of restoring green space and brought it to a spot that most people would never imagine: the roof of a factory. The River Rouge Complex, where the best-selling F-150 is assembled, boasts the world’s largest green roof (pictured above), which uses grasses and small plants to keep the factory cool in summer and warm in winter while filtering rainwater and providing a natural habitat for wildlife. The facility also sports numerous trees and wetland areas that are being restored to their natural state.
Maybe you can focus more on recycling and reusing materials that would otherwise sit in a landfill. Do some research into local recycling programs, and take a minute to think about how you could reuse containers and boxes you might normally throw in the trash. You’d be surprised at the uses you can find: for example, the glass jar from an old candle can be used as a container.
With the 2013 Fusion, Ford is making a big effort to reuse and recycle materials for a more sustainable ride. This car features recycled cotton to provide noise dampening, recycled plastic battery car casings for underbody components and the equivalent of 31,250 soybeans in foam seat cushions, seat backs and head restraints.
Reducing the amount of water you use is another opportunity. Since 2000, Ford has reduced the amount of water it uses in everything from cooling towers to parts washing and paint operations by 10.6 billion gallons, or 62 percent. That’s equal to the amount of water used by nearly 99,000 U.S. residences annually, or enough to fill 16,000 Olympic-size pools.
These are just a few quick ideas to get you rolling. Grab a Green badge and show us how you’re going to make a difference this Earth Day in the comments below!