Ford is the only U.S. automaker to accept the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge – President Obama’s initiative to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings. Ford will reduce energy consumption in 25 plants covering 61 million square feet – the equivalent of more than 1,000 football fields – over 10 years. The initiative will help the automaker continue its long-term commitment to protecting the environment by improving its manufacturing techniques. Ford has received national recognition for its responsible use of natural resources, including paint process improvements, retooling of manufacturing facilities with energy-efficient equipment and large-scale lighting replacements. An illustration of the Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge can be found here.