In August 2007, Pat Lobb Toyota in McKinney, Texas became the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified automotive dealership in the nation. The dealership achieved Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED program.
In February 2008, Toyota of Rockwall in Rockwall, Texas followed suit, achieving Gold LEED certification – another first for the industry. Mark Miller Toyota in Salt Lake City, Utah shortly followed with Gold LEED certification. In mid-2009, Caldwell Toyota in Conway, Ark. also received Gold certification. Lexus of Las Vegas received Gold certification in 2009 and became the first Lexus dealership to receive LEED certification. It was followed by Sewell Lexus of Ft. Worth, Texas, which received Gold certification.
In early 2010, Kendall Toyota in Eugene, OR became the first ever Platinum certified automotive dealer – the highest certification possible. It is the only Platinum LEED certified dealership in the world.
The certified Toyota dealerships were built as part of the company's Eco-Image USA II initiative that also puts an emphasis on the environment. Under the program, panels used on the building's exterior are made up of 90 percent recycled aluminum. The distinctive portal entryway uses non-lead glass and shades the showroom from direct sunlight. LED lighting is used rather than incandescent and fluorescent lights to further reduce energy use. Toyota also is assisting dealers with cutting edge “green” options, including different power sources such as solar, wind and geothermal.
In addition to the LEED dealerships, Toyota Motor Sales has multiple facilities across the nations that have received various levels of LEED certification including:
- Lexus Florida Technical Training Center, Miramar, Fla. - Gold LEED Commercial Interior (CI) Certification
- Toyota Phoenix Technical Training Center, Phoenix - Silver LEED CI Certification
- Toyota Headquarters South Campus, Torrance, Calif - Gold LEED New Construction (NC) Certification
- Toyota Logistic Services, Portland, Portland, Ore. - Gold LEED NC Certification
- TMA Washington, D.C. Public Relations Office - Silver LEED CI Certification
- Toyota Inland Empire Training Center, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Gold LEED CI Certification
The USGBC is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. It provides various levels of LEED certification based on evaluations in such areas as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The USGBC reports that 48 percent of the nation's energy is used by buildings, including 70 percent of the nation's electric use.
For more information on the USGBC, please visit www.usgbc.org.