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Ford Furthers Commitment to Mongolia, Donates $15,000 Through Conservation and Environmental Grants Program

  • Ford brings its Conservation and Environmental Grants Program to Mongolia for the first time with USD15,000 donation
  • The program supports deserving local projects in markets around the world that are dedicated to environmental protection
  • The winning projects in Mongolia will construct a community garden, use biomass to generate bio-gas, educate and train farmers on how to conserve and protect the soil quality, and use microorganisms to reduce waste water and mud pollution

 

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 25 September, 2012 – Ford Motor Company today announced the winners of its 2012 Conservation and Environmental Grants Program in Mongolia. The projects will receive a combined total of USD15,000 to help carry out their missions of environmental protection.

Introduced to Mongolia for the first time this year, the Conservation and Environmental Grants underscore Ford’s commitment to the market and its communities. Since its inception more than 10 years ago, the Asia Pacific chapter of the grants program has supported multiple organizations with significant fund injections for winning projects.

The first-ever Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants winners in Mongolia are the following four organizations and their respective projects:

  • Tolgoit Community Development Center, recipient of $5,000 grant to build a community garden, directly engage local residents in environmentally friendly, sustainable gardening practices.

 

  • Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biology – Laboratory of Microbial Systems, recipient of $4,000 grant to reduce waste water and mud pollution around the Khargia water facility by using effective microorganism (EM) technology.

 

  • Science and Production Association, recipient of $4,000 grant to develop methods of using biomass to generate bio-gas electricity.

 

  • Eco Balance, recipient of $2,000 grant to educate regional farmers on the advantages of soil protection and conservation and train them how to preserve soil quality for their farms.

 

The Mongolia program was announced earlier this year. Wagner Asia Automotive, LLC – Ford’s authorized dealership in Mongolia – fielded all the applications which were submitted by a range of organizations, including NGOs, community groups, academics and public entities.

The proposals ranged from improving and rehabilitating local water sources, encouraging environmentally friendly community development and spurring green construction methods, to building environmental educational facilities and programs.

From the submissions, an independent jury panel, comprised of experts in different areas of conservation, narrowed the field down to four finalists based on the following criteria: usefulness and practicality, dedication, financial need, originality and potential to be replicated in other communities.

 

About the Conservation and Environmental Grants Program

Since launching the global grants program more than ten years ago, Ford has awarded more than US$2 million in grants to hundreds of environmental projects in Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Puerto Rico.

In Asia Pacific alone, Ford has played a pivotal role in advancing more than 60 environmental initiatives and Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants program has become an annual event in select markets within Export & Growth’s Asia Pacific region.

“This program is one of the many ways Ford goes further to preserve the environment and improve its communities’ quality of life,” said Pavinee Pothong, marketing and communications manager, Asia Pacific, Ford Export & Growth Operations. “Environmental conservation, protection and education are integral to what we do, both as product innovators and members of the communities in which we do business.”

Ford Motor Company is dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations and providing ingenious environmental solutions that contribute to a sustainable planet. Initiatives such as Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants program evidence a commitment to encourage, support and reward the actions of individuals, groups and non-profit organizations in achieving the same goal.

 

Ford in Mongolia
Mongolia was first introduced to world-class Ford vehicles in 1999 with the opening of Ford’s first importer-dealer in the country, Wagner Ford (now Wager Asia Automotive, LLC). Since then, Ford and Wagner have continuously brought to the market new products that are well-adapted for Mongolia’s tougher terrain and more extreme driving conditions.

Ford’s ever-expanding product lineup in Mongolia includes the Ford Transit, the F150, the Ford Focus, and the all-new Ford Ranger.

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 About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 168,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

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