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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.


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!


  1. Danielle

    April 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

    These are great ideas! I would love to go paperless at work. I’ll have to give that a try. Thanks!

    1. jamesrcsmith

      April 13, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Thanks! I’d love to hear how you got on. Earth Day is always a good reminder to do our part for the planet.

    1. jamesrcsmith

      April 13, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Amazing! I love driving a hybrid now and it feels really well made too. My next car will be one for sure.

  2. Amy - Page Traveller

    April 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hey, these are some great ideas, thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely have to implement a few of these at home and work. Love the look of the car too!

  3. Luis Ch

    April 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    that program sounds great, the car looks nice as well

  4. Elizabeth Voyles

    April 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    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!

  5. Belle

    April 14, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Those are great ideas! And that looks like an amazing car!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  6. Elizabeth Brico

    April 14, 2017 at 9:53 am

    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 🙂

  7. Debbie S.

    April 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

    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. jamesrcsmith

      April 14, 2017 at 11:13 am

      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

  8. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    April 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Those tips to go green sound like something I could do! I will have to try implementing them!

  9. Caitlin

    April 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    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 🙂

  10. Kristen

    April 15, 2017 at 4:14 am

    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!

  11. Amanda Appiagyei

    April 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I would never have thought about carpooling to work, which is crazy. Such a good idea. Great challenge to take part in.

  12. Katie

    April 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Great tips for going green! This is a gorgeous car too!

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