Ford House and Sustainability

At the Ford House, we take our commitment to sustainability seriously. We firmly believe in the importance of preserving our environment for future generations. That’s why we have implemented a comprehensive sustainability program that encompasses every aspect of our operations. From energy conservation and waste reduction to promoting eco-friendly practices, we strive to minimize our ecological footprint.

Educating and engaging our visitors is another crucial aspect of our sustainability efforts. We provide educational programs and exhibits that promote environmental awareness, conservation, and sustainable living. By inspiring our guests to make eco-conscious choices, we aim to create a ripple effect that extends beyond our grounds.

At the Ford House, sustainability is not just a buzzword; it’s a core value that drives our actions. We are dedicated to being responsible stewards of the environment and inspiring others to join us on the path towards a greener, more sustainable future.

More information coming soon! Please check back to learn about all of our ongoing and future sustainability programs.


Sustainability Updates

Ford House Wins 2024 Pure Award for Sustainability Efforts

Ford House, the historic residence of Eleanor and Edsel Ford, proudly announces its reception of the esteemed 2024 Pure Award, recognizing its exceptional commitment to sustainability initiatives. Bestowed by Michigan Cares for Tourism, the Pure Award celebrates organizations within Michigan that exhibit exemplary natural, cultural, and heritage stewardship practices as part of their daily operations.

NEW PODCAST ALERT! Ford Cove Shoreline and Coastal Wetland Restoration

Ford House President and CEO, Mark Heppner and Landscape and Natural Areas Manager Kevin Drotos, speak on the progress made so far on the Ford Cove Shoreline and Coastal Wetland Restoration project and the Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grant will provide Ford House with up to $7 million to support the restoration.

Ford House Receives Historic Grant to Restore Ford Cove Shoreline Habitat from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and National Historic Landmark located in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, is the recipient of a Federal grant from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Ford House Receives 2023 Cultural Landscape Award from Michigan Historic Preservation Network

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network awarded Ford House the Michigan Historic Preservation Network 2023 Cultural Landscape Award for the work completed on restoring the pool and lagoon on the estate. The award was issued at the Annual Preservation Awards Reception and Ceremony that took place on Friday, May 12, at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island.

Ford House Wins National Recognition Award!

Our Visitor Center and Administration Building have earned a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2023 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition—the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry.” The National Recognition Award is a prestigious distinction honoring projects demonstrating exceptional engineering excellence at the national level.

Ford House Meets Food Rescue

As you pick up your favorite Thai carryout or sit down with friends at the local burger joint, have you ever wondered “What happens to all the food that goes uneaten at restaurants?”

Ford House Celebrates Re-Opening Historic Pool and Lagoon

Staff and architects have finished restoring the swimming pool, lagoon and surrounding landscape of the historic estate.

Ford House Awarded 'Best Practices' Award from the Association of Midwest Museums

At Ford House, our new state-of-the-art Visitor Center and Administration Buildings go beyond enhancing the experience of our visitors. The buildings were designed to be net-zero energy to promote sustainability and preserve our surrounding natural ecosystem.

Ford House Wins Keep Michigan Beautiful 'Michigan' Award

Ford House won a Michigan Award from Keep Michigan Beautiful, Inc. at their Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza West in Lansing. KMB’s objective is to identify, recognize and honor programs or projects that involve beautification, litter prevention and control, recycling of waste materials, clean-up, site restoration, and historical preservation.

Ford House Dives Into Biggest Restoration Project Yet

Ford House is in the process of restoring one of the most pivotal features on the estate: the Jens Jensen designed pool and lagoon. We’re making a splash and diving right in—literally!

Ford Cove Restoration Project Survey

For the initial phase of the Ford Cove Shoreline and Coastal Wetland Restoration Project, Ford House will complete a feasibility study, gather public input, and create a concept for restoration in partnership with Great Lakes Commission (GLC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ford House teams up with state and federal agencies to restore Ford Cove

Ford House, the historic estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, is teaming up with the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a project to restore disappearing wildlife habitats along the shoreline of Ford Cove on Lake St. Clair — part of Michigan’s Great Lakes waterway. Dubbed the Ford Cove Shoreline and Coastal Wetland Restoration Project, the goal is to transform Ford House’s lakeshore back to its natural state.

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Special Thanks

Ford House is grateful for the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund and helping us fulfill our educational mission and making Ford House more accessible to our community.

About Ford House

Ford House is a 501c3 nonprofit and National Historic Landmark. Experience the historic family home of Edsel Ford, the only son of Henry Ford, and his wife, Eleanor. Visitors from all over the world come to wander, wonder, and explore the beauty of this 1928 National Historic Landmark and uncover a unique piece of the American automotive story in metro Detroit. Learn more below.