Ford’s Innovation Park exhibit was one of Brown Motors’ favorite parts of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But it can’t stay there forever; so, the automaker will donate parts of it to benefit two local organizations.
The display was all about showing the potential of organic materials in automotive use, which can help reduce waste, carbon dioxide emissions, and water usage. For example, Ford uses plant materials like soybeans to build vehicle interiors, saving approximately 5 million pounds of petroleum every year.
Half of the display—including the plants, trees, and flowers—will be relocated to greenhouses at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, in coordination with the Detroit Recreation department.
The other half, which includes the forty sections of concrete that formed the foundation for the Innovation Park exhibit, will be donated to North Star Reach, a nonprofit that provides a year-round camp for children with serious and life-threatening issues. The concrete slabs will create a central gathering area where children and their families can enjoy campfires.