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Biodiversity

HOW DO WE PROTECT BIODIVERSITY?
Toyota’s biodiversity efforts minimize the disruption of natural habitats and proactively support local species. This is especially important as we plan, construct and manage our facilities across North America.

“Biodiversity” is one of Toyota‘s four focus areas in North America. Biodiversity refers to the variety and interdependence of species and ecosystems and the natural patterns they form. Our biodiversity strategy addresses Challenge 6 of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 by protecting vulnerable species and raising awareness about the importance of conservation. We are committed to operating in harmony with the environment and building healthy ecosystems so that future generations may continue to enjoy the natural wonders of our world.

BIODIVERSITY TARGETS

Between fiscal years 2017 and 2021, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) will:

Participate in regional biodiversity activities that support wildlife corridors (on track)

Seventeen Toyota sites across North America have planted pollinator gardens to nurture monarch butterflies and other pollinator species. All 17 gardens are along the monarch migration path. The gardens provide food and shelter to the butterflies at various stages of their life cycle as they make their way south for the winter, then return in the spring.

Toyota and the Monarch Migration
Toyota and the Monarch Migration

The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration. Monarchs from the eastern part of North America migrate to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico, while those from west of the Rocky Mountain range overwinter in California. Some migration routes are as long as 3,000 miles. It can take as long as two months for a monarch to complete the journey south.

Toyota hopes to help the monarchs by offering these colorful commuters a “pollinator pit stop” on their trip south in the Fall and north in the Spring. Toyota has 17 facilities with pollinator gardens located along the monarch’s migration pathway.

  • The assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario
  • The assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario
  • The assembly plant in Princeton, Indiana
  • The assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky
  • The assembly plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi
  • The assembly plant in San Antonio, Texas
  • The aluminum alloy wheel plant in Delta, British Columbia
  • The powertrain plant in Huntsville, Alabama
  • The powertrain plant in Buffalo, West Virginia
  • The aluminum casting plant in Jackson, Tennessee
  • The aluminum casting plant in Troy, Missouri
  • The production engineering and manufacturing center in Georgetown, Kentucky
  • TMNA‘s headquarters campus in Plano, Texas
  • Toyota Canada’s head office in Toronto, Ontario
  • The Supplier Center in York Township, Michigan
  • The R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • The parts distribution center in Boston, Massachusetts
Pollinator Garden

Team members at Toyota Canada‘s head office in Toronto planted a pollinator garden in April 2019 as part of Earth Month and were excited to see monarch butterflies visiting the milkweed only a few months later!

New gardens that support monarchs and other pollinators planted recently include four gardens planted at the R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan; a garden planted at the aluminum alloy wheel plant in Delta, British Columbia; and a garden planted at Toyota Canada‘s head office.

PROTECTING SPECIES

We have transitioned from landscaping to habitat management as a way to support native species. We focus on the species that call our sites home.

See “Endangered And Protected Species” for a list of endangered and protected species found at or near our sites and what we do to protect them.

See “Protected Areas/ Critical Habitat” for a list of TMNA sites in or near a protected area, critical habitat or biodiversity hotspot.

WILDLIFE HABITAT COUNCIL

Pollinators come in different shapes and sizes, from bees to birds, bats and butterflies. They move pollen from the male to the female part of a flower to fertilize the plant. These industrious creatures pollinate more than flowers. A variety of food crops, like apples, pumpkins and alfalfa, rely on honeybees for pollination.

With more than 21,000 acres of land in North America, Toyota is dedicated to doing our part to support pollinator species. Twelve of our larger sites maintain pollinator gardens as part of conservation programs certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council® (WHC). WHC partners with corporations, fellow conservation organizations, government agencies and community members to empower and recognize wildlife habitat and conservation education programs. WHC‘s certification standard, Conservation Certification, recognizes meaningful wildlife habitat management and conservation education programs.

Our partnership with WHC began in 1999 when Toyota joined WHC‘s membership. In 2008, the conservation program at our Kentucky assembly plant became Toyota‘s first WHC certification. WHC helps us inventory plant and animal species on our sites and identify appropriate projects. Our protected areas include grassland, wildflower meadows, pollinator gardens and forests.

During 2019, several sites enhanced their certified programs. For example:

  • Four new native flower gardens were planted at the assembly plant in Kentucky.
  • Approximately 2,500 native perennials were planted as pollinator habitat at the front entrances of the assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario.
  • The aluminum casting plant in Troy, Missouri, worked with a Missouri Master Naturalist to double the size of the pollinator garden.
  • Team members at the Supplier Center in York Township, Michigan, planted a 500 square-foot wildflower meadow.
  • Team members at the powertrain plant in Alabama participated in a planting activity during Earth Month celebrations that expanded the existing pollinator garden.

See “Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Certifications” for a list of TMNA sites with programs certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.

SUPPORTING CONSERVATION EDUCATION

Supporting community initiatives helps to scale up conservation efforts. In the communities where we live and work, we focus our efforts on building knowledge and fostering a love of nature in children through school programs. Allowing youngsters to experience wildlife and learn about biodiversity at an early age helps them understand the value of biodiversity and the importance of protecting it.

Earth Day

During Earth Week 2019, Toyota‘s assembly plant in Indiana hosted Earth Aware Camp at Camp Carson in Princeton and Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve in Evansville. Team members shared their knowledge of all things environmental with third graders, who spent a day doing activities and games designed to teach them about environmental responsibility. Mesker Park Zoo brought its “Going, going, gone” animal exhibit to share with the kids what impacts humans have on animals and their habitats.

San Antonio Zoo

Team members from Toyota‘s assembly plant in San Antonio, Texas, partnered with the San Antonio Zoo to host a Learning Garden Party for 50 fifth graders from Southwest Independent School District. Students had the opportunity to learn about conservation at five learning stations: Honeybees, General Pollinators, Bats, Horned Lizards, and Planting Pollinator Seeds.

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