LIVONIA, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality presented awards Friday to three community leaders of environmental stewardship – Ford Motor Company's Livonia Transmission Plant, Automatic Transmission New Product Center (ATNPC) and Van Dyke Transmission Plant. This award program is a competitive environmental awards initiative created by the Department of Environmental Quality to encourage and reward businesses and their neighbors who work together locally on projects that improve environmental awareness and the quality of life in their communities.
Bryce Feighner, chief for office of Environmental Assistance, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Dave Drinan, Environmental Quality Office regional manager, along with honored guest City of Livonia Mayor Jack Kirksey, presented the awards to Ford leadership – Ken Williams, director, Ford Powertrain Operations, Bob Groden, Livonia Transmission Plant manager, Jeff Bolger, ATNPC supervisor and Mark Willis, Van Dyke Transmission Plant manager.
Reducing energy and materials are a small part of the voluntary actions these Ford Motor Company locations took. The plants' leadership also encouraged employees to extend the activities into their communities. Livonia Transmission and ATNPC were recognized for their participation in the 2010 Earth Day Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Give-Away. On this day, Ford distributed approximately 200 CFL light bulbs to people who completed an Energy Star Pledge, and answered questions regarding CFL bulbs and mercury. In addition, LTP and ATNPC employees received acknowledgement for their participation as judges every year in the East Michigan Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association’s Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit. Van Dyke Transmission Plant hosted a community electronics drive, which resulted in recycling thousands of unused electronics.
Ford Motor Company is proud of its employees' work to make not only the company environmentally responsible, but voluntarily mirroring these actions in our communities.