The Live Green For a Week Challenge for #EarthMonth

This week I’ve been invited to take part in the Ford Live Green For a Week program with Ford Canada.

In aid of Earth Month, I’ve been challenged to take my sustainability and eco-friendliness to a new level. These include:

  • Use a travel mug for my coffee
  • Go paperless at the office. Use digital only
  • Switch all light bulbs to energy-saving LED light bulbs
  • Recycle and compost
  • Shut down your electronics at work and home
  • Use a reusable water bottle
  • Carpool with a co-worker in a Ford Electric vehicle, (like the beautiful Ford Fusion Energi that they kindly lent me for a week)
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Driving the Ford Fusion Energi

So, why are Ford talking about being good for the planet? Cars are bad, right? Not always.

  • They’re investing $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions and are going to add 13 new EVs by 2020.
  • Ford was named in the World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere institute.
  • They earned an ‘A’ grade for their water conservation efforts
  • Ford of Canada was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

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I’ve been driving around my colleagues in the Fusion Energi for a couple of days now and they’re all pretty impressed. There’s plenty of room in the back seats and when the electric kicks in, it’s whisper quiet. I realize this sounds like a sales pitch, but I’ve been a Ford user for a few years now and drive a 2015 Focus SE and love it. The Fusion is larger and it feels really solid and well made.

Here’s how I’ve done so far. What are you doing for Earth Month?

Carpool with my workmates in the Fusion Energi
Charging up while getting coffee
Using a reusable bag at Whole Foods
Using all natural cleaner in my house. Smells like grapefruit
Using a reusable water bottle (Thanks Ford!)
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And of course, driving around this beauty
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I couldn’t decide which photo to post, so here’s another!

16 thoughts on “The Live Green For a Week Challenge for #EarthMonth

  1. What a cool challenge! Way to go Ford. Although I have to admit I used to carpool with coworkers and did not enjoy it. No I work from home so even better, lol. Great ideas for going greener!

  2. Nice! Ford is a major company, so I am glad that they are making an effort to help now, instead of only harm, our shared planet! And good on your for doing your part too. This is how we save the Earth-small steps. We can all be Super Heroes 🙂

  3. There is so much we all can be doing for our planet, big and small. Can I ask a question about the car, how will it do in the snow and ice?

    1. That would depend more on the tires. With winter tires, my Ford Focus does really well, so I bet this would be the same. Right now it has its summer tires on, so they’re meant for lightweight and speed over grip and stability

  4. When I was teaching I loved brainstorming ideas on how to live more green, and this month is a great time to remind ourselves how to do it. Sometimes it just comes down to laziness for me! Thanks for inspiring me again 🙂

  5. Such a great challenge! I homeschool and we have been talking about what we can do to be more eco friendly. We just discussed recycling and composting!

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