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Toyota's 2017 North American Environmental Report focuses on Carbon, Water, Materials and Biodiversity, plus Outreach. To give you a quick overview of some of our most noteworthy accomplishments in each of these areas, we provide Highlights below. We hope some of these information tidbits inspire you to learn more about our efforts to minimize environmental impacts across our business and maximize positive outcomes.


Carbon

  • Toyota and Lexus have 14 hybrid electric vehicles on the roads in North America. Hybrid electric means they all use batteries plus one other fuel source, either hydrogen (fuel cell electric hybrid) or gasoline (plug-in electric hybrid or gasoline-electric hybrid).
  • Toyota’s 8.79-megawatt solar array at our new Plano headquarters campus produces about one-third of daily electric needs for the campus. It is the largest on-site corporate solar installation among non-utility companies in Texas.
  • We revealed Project Portal, 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.

Water

  • Projects at four of Toyota’s North American manufacturing plants resulted in water savings last fiscal year in excess of 43.2 million gallons, equivalent to the annual water use of 394 average American families.
  • An innovative rainwater harvesting system installed at our new headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, is expected to collect more than 11 million gallons of water annually, more than enough to meet the forecasted annual irrigation demand.
  • Residents from 4,800 cities across the U.S. pledged to save more than 2.2 billion gallons of water as part of the sixth annual National Mayors Challenge for Water Conservation, presented by Toyota.

Materials

  • We worked with one of our packaging suppliers, PakFab, to find a way to reuse and recycle all of the obsolete packaging from vehicle model changes. With eight plants adopting this solution, we expect to eliminate 13 million pounds of waste annually.
  • The paint shop at Toyota’s assembly plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, eliminated 320,000 pounds of waste by improving the way they manage waterborne paint waste.
  • Toyota’s new research and development campus in York, Michigan, recycled 92 percent of the waste generated during construction. That's 461 tons of material put to productive use instead of being disposed in a landfill.

Biodiversity

  • Thanks to team members building bird nest boxes, 137 Tree Swallow chicks were born last spring at our Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, assembly plants.
  • Toyota has 12 sites with Conservation Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council. In 2017, we welcomed the first two non-manufacturing sites to the list: the new R&D center in York, Michigan, and the proving grounds in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Thanks to support from Toyota, the Galápagos archipelago has a state-of-the-art fueling facility that is one of the most advanced and environmentally safe in all of South America.

Outreach

  • Toyota gave $637,439 in Public Lands Every Day grants and made volunteerism possible at 2,600 National Public Lands Day sites, including 56 sites where 1,755 Toyota team members volunteered.
  • In the 2015-2016 school year, the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program, led by Evergreen with support from Toyota Canada and its dealerships, helped 559 schools with their efforts to green their outdoor spaces, engaging 48,245 students and staff.
  • With 58 and counting, Toyota and Lexus continue to lead the industry with more dealership facilities certified to LEED® standards in North America than any other auto manufacturer.