SOLVING FOR THE SOLVENT

See how Toyota's environmental engineers discovered a way to SAVE BIG on the SOLVENT and WATER used to paint bumpers.

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Let’s face it: there’s only one planet Earth. That’s why we focus on environmentally sustainable solutions in everything we do and every vehicle we make. From our 14 North American manufacturing plants to the more than 1 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles assembled in the U.S., we are advancing toward a brighter tomorrow.

PRODUCTS


With our track record of producing world-changing vehicles like Prius and Mirai, we’re building better cars for the road and for the planet.

PROCESSES


Through outstanding environmental performance by our manufacturing plants, we are reducing the amount of ELECTRICITY and WATER we use and the WASTE we leave behind.

PEOPLE


Our Toyota team members are a big part of our environmental success. They play an important role as environmental ambassadors, and they are helping Toyota create meaningful, positive change for a better tomorrow.

ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE. HONESTLY.


At Toyota, environmental excellence is supported with actions, not just words. We are always honest and authentic about where we are and where we’re headed.

TOYOTA MEASURES ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE ACROSS FOUR KEY FOCUS AREAS.


Toyota’s environmental activities in North America are designed around four important FOCUS AREAS that drive our environmental planning, strategies and actions.

CARBON


HOW DO WE REDUCE CARBON? We reduce CO2 emissions from our vehicles through improved fuel efficiency and the use of hybrid technology as well as electrification. In our manufacturing plants and logistics operations, we reduce CO2 emissions through innovative projects that cut energy and fuel consumption and increase our use of renewable energy.

CARBON FEATURED PROJECT:
Sun Power in Plano

The 8.79-megawatt solar array is the largest on-site corporate solar installation among non-utility companies in the state of Texas. In total, the system is expected to provide approximately one-third of the power needed for Toyota’s new headquarters campus.FOR MORE ON THIS STORY, CLICK HERE.

WATER


HOW DO WE USE LESS WATER? We find ways to conserve, especially in our manufacturing processes. Each year, we use fewer and fewer gallons to produce a vehicle, and we’re finding new ways to recycle and reuse. We concentrate on water-stressed areas of North America, such as California, Texas and Mexico, to make a little water go a long way.

WATER FEATURED PROJECT:
Harvesting the Rain

A rainwater harvesting system was installed at our 100-acre headquarters in Plano, Texas. Over the course of a year, we expect to collect more than 11 million gallons of rain, which will be used to irrigate the native landscaping around campus. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

MATERIALS


HOW DO WE REDUCE WASTE? We emphasize recycling at all of our locations, from the largest manufacturing site to the smallest office. We even recycle waste when we build a new facility. Each one of our team members plays a role in making sure material stays out of the trash.

MATERIALS FEATURED PROJECT:
Solving for the Solvent

As a co-op, Dawn Ng, now an engineering specialist at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, discovered the perfect amount of solvent needed to clean the robots that paint vehicle bumpers. The result was huge savings in chemicals, water and BONUS… fewer defective bumpers! FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS STORY, CLICK HERE.

BIODIVERSITY


HOW DO WE PROTECT BIODIVERSITY? Toyota’s biodiversity efforts support the unique balance of plants, animals and ecosystems. As we plan, construct and manage our facilities across North America, we minimize the disruption of natural habitats and proactively support pollinator and native species.

BIODIVERSITY FEATURED PROJECT:
Walking with Nature

The Woodstock Wetland Trail is a gift from Toyota to the local community. The trail, on the property of our assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario, allows us to share our land with team members and the public to experience nature first hand. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

SHARING KNOW-HOW


WE KNOW TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE, we must work with others and share our know-how. We support a variety of outreach projects that align with our key focus areas of Carbon, Water, Materials and Biodiversity. Through the power of collaboration, our actions harness the power of partnerships to help us shape a more sustainable future.

OUTREACH FEATURED PROJECT:
Raising the Water I.Q.

Kevin Butt (right), director of Environmental Sustainability for Toyota Motor North America, with acclaimed artist Wyland. Wyland hand-painted one of his famous marine life artworks on a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid as part of the kick-off to the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, sponsored by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota. Participants pledged to save over 3 billion gallons of water in 2018. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

Now, the challenge is even greater...


“Toyota has unveiled a set of six visionary environmental goals that will create a net positive impact on the planet. We in North America are working hard to do our part to support this global initiative. Today, that means a focus on our North American Environmental Action Plan, educating our team members and sharing our environmental know-how with others.”

Kevin Butt
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Click on the video below and learn more about the TOYOTA ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE 2050.

AND HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A BETTER PLANET AT HOME, WORK AND SCHOOL


MAKE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT A LITTLE SMALLER

Turn off a light, change out a bulb and make your next vehicle a hybrid.

MAKE THE MOST OF THE WATER YOU USE

Turn off a faucet, and if you water your plants or lawn, make it early in the day.

LESS WASTE, MORE USES, MORE BETTER

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Reusable water bottles and grocery bags every time!

MAKE YOUR YARD POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY

Plant native plants and trees, especially species that attract butterflies and bees.

BECOME AN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE!

Don’t forget to SHARE! Post, tweet, snap or pin your good environmental work so others will get engaged and involved.