Ford Wins 2020 WEC Gold Medal Award for Sustainability

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The World Environmental Center awarded the Ford Motor Company with the 2020 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. With this achievement that recognizes Ford’s commitment to sustainability and addressing environmental issues, Ford becomes the first automaker to receive the WEC Gold Medal in the 36 years it’s existed.

Michigan congresswoman Debbie Dingell presented WEC’s Gold Medal to Ford during a virtual ceremony on December 15. Ford CEO Jim Farley and Chief Sustainability, Environment, and Safety Officer Bob Hollycross accepted the award that recognized Ford’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

In his pre-recorded acceptance speech, Farley highlighted ways that Ford has taken the lead in environmental areas, such as meeting California’s emissions standards and keeping within the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement. Ford also revealed its plans to be carbon neutral by 2050 in its annual Sustainability Report released in the spring. The eco-friendly automaker plans to eliminate the use of single-use plastics and move manufacturing to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

The WEC Gold Medal is not the first green medal Ford has received. The automaker was recently recognized by CDP for its commitment to water conservation and fighting climate change, earning its sixth straight spot on the A-List for water security and second straight A-List honor for climate change. Looking for an eco-friendly daily driver? Consider the new Ford Escape, which offers a hybrid powertrain. You can find this efficient, sporty ride at Tropical Ford in Orlando.

Ford Supports Bee Conservation

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If you’ve ever looked into Ford hybrid models, you may have some idea of this brand’s commitment to protecting the environment. But the Ford green initiatives extend beyond its vehicles. Back in 2018, Ford brought six different beehives to its Dearborn campus in Detroit, and found homes for the bees in the North Pond area of the World Headquarters.

This August, Ford announced that its six colonies of bees produced a harvest of honey. This was the second year that the bees have generated enough honey to be harvested and used. Ford plans to distribute the honey between local nonprofits and their food service provider, Aramark, for use in the campus cafeteria.

Ford initially got involved in bee preservation in 2016, when it brought a habitat of roughly 80,000 bees to its Rouge Complex. The move was a success, so Ford decided to do the same at its WHQ. As of now, there are an estimated 360,000 bees thriving in the six WHQ colonies, and Ford has plans to use some of those to start new colonies at other campuses in the future.

Protecting the bees is a huge eco-friendly move for Ford. Honeybees alone pollinate over 90 commercial crops, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Their presence is essential to the global economy.

Want a eco-friendly Ford model? Check out the efficient Escape, which offers a hybrid model. You can find it at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.