|Toyota USA Headquarters in Torrance, California|
|Jana Hartline, Toyota’s Environmental Communications Manager|
- 70% of campus-wide trash is recycled. Non-recycled waste is used as fuel to produce clean electrical energy, leftover ash is converted into a road base, and leftover cooking grease is converted into biofuel.
- 100% of Toyota Headquarters’ electronics are recycled. Over the course of 10 years, 3.3 million pounds of electronic waste have been kept out of landfills.
- The Torrance campus relies on recycled water to water drought tolerant plants that make up the landscaping around the buildings. The use of drought tolerant landscaping saves 5 million gallons of water each year, enough to take 200,000 ten minute showers!
|Drought resistant landscaping is prevalent throughout campus|
- Reusable steel containers, called returnables, are used to transport automotive parts. By using steel instead of cardboard and wood, Toyota reduces 2.7 millions pounds of waste each year.
- When Toyota’s South Campus opened in 2003, it was the largest office in the United States to have earned LEED Gold certification.
- Toyota’s South Campus has 620,000 square feet of solar panels. Their plant in Ontario has the second largest solar installation in Canada.
- Toyota features e-waste and Goodwill collection drives twice a year. In one year, Toyota employees recycled 7,702 pounds of personal e-waste and 2,431 pounds of items for Goodwill.
- The Shell Hydrogen Station across the street from headquarters is the first and only pipeline fed hydrogen station that allows for multiple, simultaneous fuelings.
|Shell Hydrogen Station|
- There are 14 US Green Building Council LEED certified Toyota dealerships within the United States.
- Since 1991 Toyota has donated $500 million to the National Park Foundation and support grants and vehicle donations to enhance environmental education in our national parks system. Toyota is a major contributor to the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Prius vehicles are favored in National Parks because they have zero emissions and don’t harm animals.
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