SEOUL – Ford Sales Service Korea organized an Eco Workshop to announce the winners of Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants. During the workshop, this year’s winners and the 2012 winners could exchange ideas on environmental projection.
The grants program provided US$50,000 to individuals or organizations active in the protection of the environment and natural resources. Since 2002, Ford Grants has served as a strong foundation for 71 projects in Korea, providing about US$400,000 in sponsorship for individuals and groups involved in environmental protection activities. The program both promotes coexistence with local communities and focuses on the actual protection of the environment and natural resources.
This year, Ford Korea announced 10 projects were selected to receive grants – the largest number of projects since the program began in Korea. Among the winners was Saeng-tae-san-chon, an environmental organization that proposed a project promoting an environmentally sustainable camping culture.
During the Eco Workshop, Jun-Seo Lee, CEO of EcoJun Company, which pursues design works based on environmental ethics, gave a lecture on the benchmark cases on environmental conservation.
Additionally, Korea’s largest university student environmental NGO, Daejayon, provided a session about eco-friendly product making, in which workshop participants made eco-friendly bags and air fresheners. The idea was to encourage participants to consider how even small actions can help the environment.
One of the judges, Hyo-Hyun Sung, a professor at Ehwa Womans University, said she was impressed by the diversity of the applicants’ ages and proposed activities. “Numerous creative ideas furthered the environmental activities from local communities to global stages such as in Africa,” she said. “It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to see creative projects that promote voluntary participations that lead to the environmental protection. I expect more environmental initiations through creative approaches and ardent willingness in the near future.”
Jae Jung, president of Ford Korea, noted that Ford Grants have become the company’s major global corporate social responsibility program, and that Ford Korea has continuously supported grass-root level initiatives of environmental protection and promoting preservation. “This grants program particularly means a lot since it is not a one-time event, but an ongoing, consistently carried out event which has been continuing for over a decade. Besides the Ford Grants Night event held last year, Ford Korea organized the Eco Workshop to allow environmentally passionate people to communicate and share their ideas for further co-existence.”
Jung said Ford Korea will continue its focus on environmental issues and sponsor people and organizations striving to create a better society by protecting the environment.
Additional information on Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants can be found on the Ford Korea Facebook page under the Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants tab.
This year’s recipients were:
• Il-woon Elementary School’s Blue Ocean: Geoje marine conservation project
• Green Growth Environment Education Association: Youth Environment Campaign on preventing water pollution and protecting the Han River
• Sunflower: Running Environment Energy Class to preserve the ecosystem of DMZ Civilian Control Line area
• Jin-Joo Min: Local Environment Art program including painting murals in rural area
• Saeng-tae-san-chon: Project on dissemination of environment-friendly camping culture
• Eco-Travel Network Ee-Roh-Eum: Promotion of Eco-travel, environment-friendly travel
• SaengSaeng Talk: Encourage using a tumbler and inform seriousness of water pollution
• Korea Environment Association Incheon Branch: Contribution to prevent environment pollution in rural area
• Korea Association of Ocean and Environment Monitoring, Busan Branch: Filming and distribution of UCC about the ocean environment
• HoE: Contribution to promote awareness on global environmental problems including desertification areas