Ford Exec To Keynote Clean Energy Industry Gala

LANSING — The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council announced that John J. Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters at Ford Motor Co., will give the keynote address at the fourth Annual Michigan Energy Innovators Gala, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10 in East Lansing.

The gala will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University, 219 S. Harrison Road in East Lansing. Tickets are $150 for EIBC members and $185 for non-members. For tickets, visit this link.

The event is intended to give Michigan’s advanced energy industry the opportunity to recognize businesses, policymakers, and others who are doing the most to build the industry in Michigan. It attracts a broad range of industry leaders from renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation, and utilities. State legislators, staff from the Michigan Public Service Commission, and other decision-makers will also attend.

Awards will also be presented in the following categories: Business of the year, emerging business of the year, employer of the year, public official of the year, and a selection to the Michigan Energy Innovators Hall of Fame. Michigan EIBC members and event sponsors may submit nominations for the awards through Friday, Sept. 30. For more information, contact Nicole Forward, Michigan EIBC director of partnerships and corporate relations, at

Viera has been in his current post at Ford since 2007. He is responsible for developing global sustainable business plans and policies, interfacing and negotiating environmental regulations with global governmental bodies, reporting externally on the company’s environmental and social performance, and leading the company’s engagement and partnerships with non-government organizations and other stakeholders.

Viera is an active member of the Product Development arm of the Ford African Ancestry Network, with a focus on mentoring and counseling. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Graham Institute of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Michigan, is co-chair of the Erb Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, and has recently served on the Advisory Board at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the Energy Advisory Committee at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force in Washington D.C.

Event sponsors include ITC Holdings Corp., Veolia Energy, and the Michigan Agency for Energy. Sponsorships are still available; for more information, contact Nicole Forward.

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