a better planet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. FOR MORE ON THIS STORY, CLICK HERE.
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:
Recycling Batteries in Yellowstone
Toyota recovered over 200 battery packs that once powered Camry Hybrid vehicles, and then used solar panels to generate the renewable electricity stored within the batteries. This innovative system delivers power for the Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
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:
Project Bluebird in Bodine
Working with conservation experts from the Wildlife Habitat Council, Toyota team members in Troy, Missouri, hand-built special Eastern Bluebird nesting houses that keep baby birds safe by keeping predators out. FOR MORE ON THIS STORY, CLICK HERE.
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:
Recycling in the Galápagos Islands
Toyota worked with World Wildlife Fund to develop a comprehensive WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM in the Galàpagos. Our investment of time and design assistance led to the construction of a municipal landfill, the installation of a mechanical composter, and a recycling collection center for plastic, glass, aluminum and paper. FOR MORE ON THIS STORY, CLICK 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.”
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.