At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company exhibit featured a display dubbed “Ford Innovation Park.” The display showcased some of the advances being made at Ford Motor Company in an effort to use more organic materials in production, reduce waste and CO2 emissions, and generally contribute to a more sustainable future for the automotive industry.
Case-in-point: did you know that Ford currently uses soybeans in the production of its vehicle interiors?
Parts of the Ford Innovation Park display are being divided amongst two Southeast Michigan organizations: Belle Isle Park in Detroit, and a nonprofit called North Star Reach, which holds a year-round camp for children with serious illnesses. White firs, white pines, various flowers, and other plants from the exhibit are being transplanted into several greenhouses within Belle Isle Park for future visitors to enjoy, while 480 square-feet of concrete from the display are going to the North Star Reach camp in Pinckney, Michigan.
Reportedly, North Star Reach is going to lay the concrete into a central gathering area at the camp, overlooking Patterson Lake. Said North Star Reach CEO/Founder Doug Armstrong: “We are thrilled to bring the Park home to North Star Reach for our campers and families to enjoy for generations to come.” And the Ford Innovation Park donations demonstrate the automaker’s commitment to act in the spirit of sustainability; no part is going unused.