Tesla Motors was named a recipient of the Global Green USA Product/Industrial Design Award for its work in developing the Tesla Roadster (earlier post), an all-electric, lithium-ion battery-powered sports car.
Global Green USA is the US affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993. The focus of the Green Cross organizations is threefold: stemming global climate change; eliminating weapons of mass destruction; and providing clean, safe drinking water for the 2.4 billion people who lack access to it.
Tesla and three other recipients were honored at the 7th annual Designing a Sustainable and Secure World Awards, an event co-sponsored by Global Green USA and Green Cross International.
Each year, Global Green recognizes advancements made in industry, building, media and public policy that move the world toward a sustainable and secure future.
Sustainability and resource depletion are among our deepest concerns. We set out to design a car that combines style, acceleration and handling with advanced technologies in order to make the Tesla Roadster a viable alternative to fossil-fuel cars.—Martin Eberhard, CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motors
Other Winners include Goldman, Sachs & Co., for design and implementation of corporate policies that preserve and protect the environment; Sundance Channel for the development of Sundance Channel GREEN, a weekly primetime programming block focusing on environmental topics; and Bank of America, for creating one of the country’s greenest high-rise buildings.