Welcome to Toyota’s 2017 North American Environmental Report, where we feature information about our environmental strategy and performance across four key focus areas – CARBON, WATER, MATERIALS and BIODIVERSITY – plus related OUTREACH activities. We believe concentrating our efforts on these core focus areas will have the greatest positive impact on our business, society and the planet.
Our core focus areas are aligned with Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050, six goals that seek to go beyond minimizing negative impacts to creating a net positive impact on the environment. Challenge 2050 encourages us to take our environmental thinking and actions to the next level. In this report, you’ll learn more about how Challenge 2050 is informing our strategy and pushing us to build a better, smarter, more sustainable future.
Consider our three new One Toyota facilities in North America: the headquarters campus in Plano, Texas; the production engineering manufacturing center in Georgetown, Kentucky; and the purchasing and prototype design center in York, Michigan. We committed to pursuing LEED® Platinum certification – the highest level available – at all three locations. Pursuing Platinum required our team members, along with our architects, engineers and contractors, to think innovatively, beyond traditional green building techniques, to minimize impacts and maximize positive outcomes.
In the spring of 2017, team members began moving into the most environmentally advanced facilities we’ve ever built. All three campuses incorporate a wide range of sustainable features, such as solar arrays, rainwater harvesting, sustainable materials, and habitat areas that cater to pollinators and native species. These campuses support – and even redefine – our commitment to environmental sustainability across our core focus areas and Challenge 2050. We are united under one environmental mission and one resolve as One Toyota across North America.
A Portal to the Future
“Project Portal” is a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy-duty truck use at the Los Angeles ports. The fully functioning heavy-duty truck has the power and torque capacity to conduct port drayage operations while emitting nothing but water vapor. Project Portal is the next step in Toyota’s effort to broaden the application of zero emission fuel cell technology that can serve a range of industries.
An innovative rainwater harvesting system was installed at Toyota’s new headquarters campus in Plano, Texas. Four large cisterns are located in each of the parking garages and are expected to collect more than 11 million gallons of water per year.
Recycling to the Max
Toyota's new purchasing and prototype design center in York, Michigan, was able to recycle 92 percent of all construction waste. Everything from concrete to cardboard was diverted from landfill and put to productive use.
Home is for the Birds
Toyota Bodine Aluminum in Troy, Missouri, is happy to share its home with the Eastern Bluebird. These little songbirds are pretty particular about where they nest. Team members helped Missouri’s state bird by building cedar nesting boxes and installing them around 30 acres of the site.