At Toyota, we believe protecting the environment is one of our most important contributions to society. It’s a cornerstone of our business — from the actions we take to reduce the environmental impact of our products to the environmentally sensitive practices we employ to build, distribute and sell them. As part of these efforts to limit our environmental footprint, we’ve worked to meet rigorous LEED standards across our company — from office buildings to parts distribution centers to research facilities, including our Portland Vehicle Distribution Center.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It recognizes projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. These standards include many aspects, such as energy consumption, water consumption and the incorporation of low-impact building materials. So far, 10 of our North American facilities across the country have achieved LEED certification, and we’ll continue working to increase that number.
In recognition of Toyota’s efforts, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) presented the Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Department of our Sales and Logistics division with the 2010 Sheila Sheridan Award for Sustainable Design and Energy Efficient Products.