Ford Dearborn Truck Plant Commemorates 10 Years of Environmental Leadership
Millions of Pounds of Recycling, Living Roof Highlight Efforts
Automakers have gone a long way over the last several decades from being seen as one of the biggest environmental menaces, to being some of the best corporate environmental stewards. Ford has taken its commitment to the environment especially seriously in both its products, with use of soy-based seat foam material and pioneering the large-scale rollout of gasoline direct-injection turbo technology with its EcoBoost engines. On the manufacturing front, Ford is using its flagship truck-manufacturing facility, the Dearborn Truck Plant, where the 2015 Ford F-150 will launch from, as a showcase for its ecological efforts in manufacturing.
Ford is commemorating 10 years of the Dearborn Truck Plant being a "green" facility with a so-called "living roof," which manages rainwater runoff more effectively with less environmental impact, as well as having recycled more than 20 million pounds of cardboard, paper, plastic, and wood. The plant also maximizes use of natural light and ventilation to reduce its overall energy consumption. At 10.4 acres overall, the plant's living roof is the largest in North America.
As part of the 10-year commemoration of these efforts, the Dearborn Truck Plant tour is being revised to reflect the innovative technologies and construction methods being utilized on the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, including hands-on exhibits and new videos.