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 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 2014, more than 1,400 elementary, middle school, high school, and college students participated in the event. Honda of America Manufacturing is a supporter of the program, and more than 30 associates served as judges on the day of the event. The company also held an exhibit on the theme of using robotics for mobility and manufacturing. 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 several individual local councils of the Boy Scouts of America to support the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) courses on how to operate the vehicles safely. 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. The company has been offering products for use in the special Boy Scouts ASI course since 2009, and more than 5,000 scouts have been trained. 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
The third Monday of January each year in the U.S. is designated as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day of celebration close to his birthday on which a range of community service activities is held. Since 2012, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama has partnered with the Hands on Birmingham organization to conduct community service activities around this day.
With this being the third year of these activities, the team helped develop a community garden for the residents of Roebuck Springs neighborhood. On the day, over thirty associates and their families cleared debris and trash from a derelict vacant lot, installed planting areas, refurbished old tables, and rejuvenated the whole area into a garden. The newly created garden area will be planted out with flowers and other greenery to provide the neighborhood residents with a place for recreation and interaction.