Andy Acho – 2015 Winter Summit Keynote
Andrew G. Acho is a nationally recognized expert on practical environmental initiatives that help make the world a better place and save money. Since retiring from Ford in 2006, Andy Acho has become a valuable resource for organizations interested in protecting the environment and improving performance. Andy Acho is also a contributing author to the book, Becoming A Green Innovator, encouraging green business practices.
In his role as Worldwide Director of Environmental Outreach and Strategy for Ford Motor Company, a job Bill Ford created for him, Acho championed the development and implementation of more aggressive proactive environmental stewardship actions that not only protected the environment but also saved the company millions of dollars annually. Andy Acho began driving environmental stewardship efforts for Ford Motor Company in 1990. He launched and led Ford’s Recycling Action Team (The RAT Patrol) which has worked for over a decade proactively developing and implementing uses for post-consumer recycled materials including plastic and rubber. These materials are developed to perform as well as or better than the materials they replace, while being financially viable. The team’s success in this area, includes the annual transformation of more than 50 million two-liter soda pop bottles, one billion bottle caps and 27 million square feet of old carpeting into reliable vehicle components. Andy Acho also initiated and led Ford’s success in recycling more than 10 million tires into environmentally responsible rubber products used for athletic fields, mulch, playground materials, therapeutic riding arenas, and roads.
In addition, Andy Acho led Ford’s global Conservation and Environmental Grants program in more than 40 countries, recognizing organizations and individuals making significant and exemplary contributions to protect and preserve the environment in their regions. In 1996, Andy Acho was appointed chairman of the Great Lakes Recycle Board, made up of eight Midwest governors, including former governors John Engler (Michigan), Tom Ridge (Pennsylvania) and Tommy Thompson (Wisconsin). In 2001, Andy Acho was one of the first people to be honored nationally with the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) President’s Award for his outstanding commitment to preserve and protect the environment for future generations, and for his global vision of environmental and economic sustainability. Acho was subsequently appointed to the WHC Board of Directors.
About the Event
Join Florida’s premier recycling association on January 15th for a day of well rounded education and networking opportunities in Orlando, FL. Attendees will be able to gain valuable education, view the latest advances in techniques, products and services via our “Products and Services Showcase“, network with leading industry professions, annual and event sponsors in from around the State and beyond.
Who Should Attend?
Environmental professionals from Local and State Governments, Private and Non-Profit Sectors, Program Managers, Recycling Coordinators, Directors, Managers, Consultants, Regulators, and those interested in the business and development of the recycling industry.
What does registration include?
- Registration includes: conference credentials, access to educational sessions, product showcase and networking functions.
- Networking breaks include: One (1) continental breakfast, two (2) refreshment breaks, one (1) reception, and one (1) luncheon. *Those who register at the non-member rate will receive membership to Recycle Florida Today, Inc. for the remainder of the 2015 year. Memberships expired on December 31 of each year.
- SWANA and TREEO CEUS’s available for those that qualify.