USA: Sea turtle conservation program
American Honda Motor has been supporting a sea turtle conservation program at the Gladys Porter Zoo. The program, a joint effort by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and the Mexican government, seeks to monitor and conserve the habitat of the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, an endangered species. Project members use ATVs to patrol more than 100 miles of shoreline on South Padre Island in Texas and in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Since 1978, more than 70,000 turtles have laid their eggs in the area. More than 4.5 million eggs have hatched, and those hatchlings set out for the Gulf of Mexico. Honda has provided ATVs and otherwise cooperated with the program since 1978, and it plans to continue supporting it in the future.
USA (Ohio): Supporting the National Robotics Challenge
Held in Marion, Ohio, the National Robotics Challenge is an educational program dedicated to cultivating the ability to think and use technology to solve problems as well as leadership skills through the process of creating a robot and giving a presentation about it.
Teams from across the Midwest, particularly Ohio, participate in the program, which has been held every year since 1986. In 2012, more than 300 middle school, high school, and college students participated in the event. Honda of America Manufacturing is a supporter of the program, and about 25 associates served as judges on the day of the event. The company also held an exhibit on the role of robots at Honda’s production facilities and ASIMO. Going forward, Honda of America Manufacturing plans to continue to support the National Robotics Challenge as a way to contribute to the development of the robotics field.
USA: Offering a course on how to drive ATVs safely for the Boy Scouts
American Honda Motor loans all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to the Boy Scouts of America and supports courses on how to operate the vehicles safely. The company has been offering the course since 2009, and more than 2,000 people attend every year. The course is designed to give participants an understanding of how to operate an ATV safely while taking environmental concerns into account and to let them experience the joy of driving an ATV. Going forward, the company plans to continue to support the Boy Scouts of America.
USA (Alabama): Conducting community service activities on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the third Monday of January, which falls close to his birthday, and communities typically hold a variety of events to mark the occasion. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama has been working with Hands On Birmingham to conduct community service activities on this day since 2012. This year, the second year of the initiative, 85 associates participated as volunteers at Downey Park in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, where they cleaned up the area, painted swing sets, repaved the basketball court, and made other improvements. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama plans to continue this initiative in the future.