$40,000 awarded in environmental grants by Ford

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On Wednesday, the Ford Motor Company granted $40,000 to the ten local NGOs, for funding programs that support community education and environment. The grants are a part of Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Program.

It has been ten years, since Ford initiated its environmental grant program that aims to promote and support individuals and NGOs, who have been endeavoring to conserve the environment, thereby ensuring the well-being of their respective communities. Through the program that was launched in 2001, Ford has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to more than 60 local NGOs.

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This year, projects proposed by schools, environmental centers and various community groups will be funded with the help of the grant. Some of the recipients include the Botijas I Community School in Orocovis, which got the highest grant of $6,000; the Agriculture Club at the Rafael Martínez Nadal school; the San Salvador Organized Community; the Future Farmers of America; the Niños Uniendo al Mundo Ecological School in Caguas; the Agricultural Education students of the Manuel Mendía Moret School in Patillas; Silent Grace; Santa Ana Environmental Center; and the Paz de Cristo Home.

The projects that are receiving the grants this year pertain to the conservation of the environment, and include fields like environmental education, soil conservation, energy savings, and conservation of the varieties of plants and animals.

Speaking on the occasion, Waldo Galan, regional director for Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America Ford International Business Development, said, “This program is one of many initiatives that Ford carries out to minimize the environmental footprint and contribute to a better quality of life. Environmental conservation is an integral part of our business and we are aware of it, both in product development and the execution of our community efforts.”

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Till now, the funds provided by Ford, under this program, have helped support projects in school and community gardens, scientific research, environmental education map designs, media campaigns on environmental issues, development of organic farms, breeding of endangered species, and conservation of sand dunes.

Ford has been contributing to the conservation of the environment, through its initiatives under the “Green Management” programs. It is one of the aims of the company to develop consumer friendly, economical and environmental friendly technologies.