Environmental Management Association Honors Ford Motor Company Executive

Environmental Management Association Honors Ford Motor Company Executive

Ford Motor Company executive Tim O’Brien was recently honored in a ceremony for the Environmental Management Association’s 2001 Environmental Achievement Award. O’Brien received the award in honor of his efforts to redesign the company’s Rouge River manufacturing complex.

O'Brien was selected to lead the revolutionary redesign of Ford's 83-year-old Rouge plant; the project involved environmental, development, and manufacturing specialists, as well as noted sustainability architect William McDonough.

``We were especially impressed with Ford Motor Company's team approach of its manufacturing and environmental professionals to redevelop the Rouge complex,'' explained Walter J. Pociask, Jr., EMA past president. ``Ford took on this project not to gain any company or personal benefit, but because it was the right thing to do -- to create a model of 21st century sustainable manufacturing.''

Advanced environmental concepts applied through the $2 billion Rouge project include: the use of natural plants throughout the grounds to rid the soil of contaminants; implementation of shallow green ditches seeded with indigenous plants to improve storm-water management; and porous paving that filters water through retention beds with two to three feet of compact stones, helping mange storm-water runoff.

EMA’s Environmental Achievement Award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that demonstrate an outstanding achievement in the area of environmental management. O’Brien was presented with the award at a rescheduled ceremony held at the Automobile Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich.

Finalists for the award included Toyota, Honda, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Planterra Tropical Greenhouse.