Ford Collaborates with Universities on Sustainability Issues

By: U.S. News University Connection

Ford Collaborates with Universities on Sustainability Issues

Individuals who wish to launch careers as environmental scientists may have excellent job opportunities, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of these professionals to increase by 18% over the next eight years. Those who work in this field can develop projects involving water consumption, human rights and much more.

For example, Ford is collaborating with geoscientists from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and George Washington University on separate sustainability projects, according to a press release.

"Sustainability isn't just about the environment," said David Berdish, manager of social sustainability for Ford. "A company that is truly concerned about sustainability is concerned about its entire global impact - environmental, social and economic. Working with academics helps us broaden our perspective and move forward as responsible corporate citizens."

In its partnership with Georgia Tech, Ford is developing processes that will enable the company to maintain its commitment to reducing global water usage. Between 2000 and 2008, Ford reduced its global water use by 56% as part of its goal to minimize the environmental impact of its facilities around the world. The company is also working with George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on human rights issues in markets where the company is looking to expand its global operations.