TOYOTA + STRONGER COMMUNITIES
At Toyota, we believe an auto company can also be a vehicle for change. That’s why we support programs that help strengthen diverse communities across North America and keep them safe.
In 2008, Toyota and the National Audubon Society launched TogetherGreen™, a program funded by a $20 million grant from Toyota. The TogetherGreen program trains Fellows to be the environmental leaders of tomorrow, awards Innovation Grants to fund conservation projects across the United States, and supports Volunteer Days to offer individuals an opportunity to give back to their communities.
To date, nearly 900 volunteer events have taken place across the country involving more than 36,000 volunteers, including Toyota employees in New York, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Texas and California. TogetherGreen volunteers have given over 133,000 hours valued at an estimated $6.9 million.
In addition to national and regional programs, Toyota supports a number of local initiatives. Toyota’s plant in Princeton, Indiana, partners with nearby county schools to help students sample lakes, rivers and streams across southwestern Indiana as part of the World Water Monitoring Challenge™. In recognition of this, and in honor of United Nations’ World Water Day, the plant received a Water Champion award. (190)
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
- Through TogetherGreen, volunteers have planted over 135,000 trees and shrubs and improved or restored almost 13,000 acres.
- Thanks to support from Toyota, the Wyland Foundation launched the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and encouraged nearly 20,000 people to conserve 4.7 billion gallons of water over the next year.