NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 17, 2008) — Bridgestone/Firestone's Warren County, Tenn., tire factory has received the 2008 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award because of steps it took to prevent pollution.
Non-polluting hydrogen fuel cells in automated vehicles inside the plant were used to combat pollution, according to the company, and helped net it the state award. BFS also reduced the amount of mercury lighting used in the facility and installed water-conversing fixtures in restrooms.
Free tire inflation stations were provided throughout the local community to enable drivers to get their tire pressure checked as a way to improve fuel economy and reduce air pollution, BFS said.
Employees from the central Tennessee-based facility also are involved in mentoring other BFS companies with the use of the new technologies.
The award recognizes voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment and natural resources via projects or initiatives that are not required by law or regulations.