Ford is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Dearborn Truck Plant, which was built as the environmentally friendly centerpiece of the Ford Rouge Center. Critics will say the plant's sustainability angle (meaning it is less harmful and wasteful to the environment and landfills) is simply marketing and self-promotion, but there is no arguing that the program is saving Ford money.
A key feature of the Dearborn Truck Plant is what Ford calls a "living roof," which covers the entire manufacturing plant with 10.4 acres of sturdy, drought-resistant plant life. The living roof provides extra insulation in the winter time, uses direct and stored rain water, and keeps the roof and adjoining building temperatures cooler in the summer, and don't forget about converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. In fact, much of the lighting comes from the roof as well. The Ford Rouge Center is part of a huge factory tour that USA Today calls one of the 10 great places to be inspired by innovation. More than 1 million visitors have taken the Ford factory tour since it opened 10 years ago. It is scheduled to undergo a significant renovation (which will include more interactive displays and exhibits) to coincide with changes being made to the plant in preparation for producing the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup.
If you're ever in Detroit, the self-guided Rouge Center tour is worth checking out. And no Ford celebration (this time reguarding the Dearborn Truck Plant) is complete without a fact-filled info-graphic and video so here is both below.