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Toyota Helps Haul 130 Elephants Worth of Stuff

Toyota Helps Haul 130 Elephants Worth of Stuff

May 21, 2014
We’ve all been there - the dreaded garage clean-out.  The lovely time when you dredge up a 42-pound CRT from 1997, the after-college futon you thought you donated two years ago and some crusted paint cans you (responsibly) did not throw away but never quite made it to the hazardous waste center. ... more

Planting Seeds for Future Growth, Toyota Reaches Environmental Milestone

Planting Seeds for Future Growth, Toyota Reaches Environmental Milestone

May 09, 2014
PRINCETON, Ind. (May 9, 2014)  –  Aside from being a great place to work and producing world-class vehicles, Toyota Indiana strives to be a leader in its environmental efforts.  Today the plant showed 100,000 reasons why its environmental efforts are gaining traction.... more

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

May 06, 2014
The word she keeps using is “obsessed.”

Jackie Birdsall became “obsessed” with cars when she was a teenager. That made her “obsessed” with the history of auto icons like Henry Ford and Lee Iacocca. In 2003, she did an internship with Daimler-Chrysler, leading to an “obsession” with hydrogen fuel cell technology.

And now, as an engineer at Toyota Technical Center, Birdsall is “obsessed” with bringing fuel cell technology to the masses.... more

Toyota Collaborates with FirstElement, Providing Financial Assistance to Facilitate a Hydrogen Refueling Network in Targeted California Locations

Toyota Collaborates with FirstElement, Providing Financial Assistance to Facilitate a Hydrogen Refueling Network in Targeted California Locations

May 01, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 1, 2014) – “The issue of hydrogen refueling infrastructure is not so much about how many stations; but rather, location, location, location,” stated Bob Carter, senior vice president, Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), just four months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where he unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell sedan due to launch in 2015.
 
“Solutions are being found through collaboration between government, academia, carmakers and energy providers.  Stay tuned, because this infrastructure thing is going to happen.”
 
Today, TMS and its affiliate Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) announced that they have entered into a group of financial agreements with FirstElement Fuel Inc. (FE) to support the long-term operation and maintenance expenses of new hydrogen refueling stations in California.  The actual amount of financial assistance will be based on an analysis of the grant award to FirstElement by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Notice of Proposed Awards (NOPA) announced on Thursday, May 1, and final approval of the NOPA, anticipated in June.... more

The Future of Fuel Efficient Mobility Comes to the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference

The Future of Fuel Efficient Mobility Comes to the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference

April 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2014) – How to bring the future of fuel efficient mobility to drivers across America was the challenge posed by Toyota during the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference today in Los Angeles.... more

Toyota Celebrates A Decade of Energy Excellence

Toyota Celebrates A Decade of Energy Excellence

April 24, 2014
ERLANGER, Ky. (April 24, 2014) – What do the cities of Dallas, Texas and Oakland, Calif. have in common?  A lot, according to Toyota’s engineers, despite the two cities being separated by nearly 1,700 miles with different demographics and industries.... more

Go with the Flow: Save Water

Go with the Flow: Save Water

April 23, 2014
Saving water = saving money.

It’s a pretty basic equation about a very important commodity, and here are five ways you can help, with very little effort.... more

Toyota Takes Out the Trash

Toyota Takes Out the Trash

April 22, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 22, 2014) – Imagine lugging more than 1.9 million trash cans to the curb on trash day. That’s what Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) has avoided doing over the last four years. Since 2009, Toyota has reduced or avoided 1.9 million trash cans worth of waste at its sales and logistics facilities across the country.  

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Toyota Prius One of '10 Best Green Cars for 2014' Says Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com

Toyota Prius One of '10 Best Green Cars for 2014' Says Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com

April 21, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., (April 21, 2014) – The Toyota Prius, the brand’s first production gas-electric hybrid model, was named one of the “10 Best Green Cars” for 2014 by Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. ... more

Toyota Brings “Car of the Future” Ride and Drives to the Big Apple

Toyota Brings “Car of the Future” Ride and Drives to the Big Apple

April 14, 2014
NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – New Yorkers: What better way to gear up for Earth Day than by checking out the auto industry’s top green technologies firsthand? Join Toyota at the New York International Auto Show to ride in the Prius Plug-In Hybrid and the Highlander fuel cell hydrogen vehicle (FCHV).  After your ride, visit the Toyota exhibit to see a stunning concept of the fuel cell sedan Toyota will bring to market next year. It’s been heralded as the car of the future since its recent debut at the International Consumer Electronics Show.       ... more

Waterkeeper Alliance Announces 4th Annual SPLASH Series, Presented by Toyota

Waterkeeper Alliance Announces 4th Annual SPLASH Series, Presented by Toyota

April 11, 2014
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Waterkeeper Alliance, the global environmental organization dedicated to defending every person’s right to clean water, announced today the locations of its 4th Annual SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota.  SPLASH events will take place in waterways across the United States to raise funds to support Waterkeeper Alliance and local Waterkeeper member organizations by engaging community members and clean-water enthusiasts in water-based recreational activities like swimming, paddling, boating, as well as on-water clean up events. ... more

Paving the Road to Zero Waste at Toyota’s Indiana Plant

Paving the Road to Zero Waste at Toyota’s Indiana Plant

April 10, 2014
How do you turn manufacturing sludge into a sustainable building material? Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) offers a “concrete” example.... more

Mayors Challenge Their Residents in Water Conservation Movement

Mayors Challenge Their Residents in Water Conservation Movement

April 01, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. (April 1, 2014) -- With at least 36 states facing water shortages this year – including the most severe drought California has faced in decades – water conservation has evolved into a national imperative.  That is just one reason the Wyland Foundation and Toyota launched the third annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation today.... more

Landfill Gas to Build Cars and a Greener Community

Landfill Gas to Build Cars and a Greener Community

March 24, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (MARCH, 24 2014) – Can a car company be a vehicle for change? Toyota thinks so. The Kentucky plant that manufactures some of the greenest cars on the road, including two hybrid models, will soon be powered in part by green electricity. ... more

Students Get Dollars and Sense in Lexus Eco Challenge - $500, 000 Awarded to Teams Who Learn About Environment and Community Empowerment

Students Get Dollars and Sense in Lexus Eco Challenge - $500, 000 Awarded to Teams Who Learn About Environment and Community Empowerment

February 24, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., (Feb. 24, 2014)  – It’s a win, win situation! Communities become a better place, and students, teachers and schools have the chance to share $500,000 in scholarships and grants through the Lexus Eco Challenge.... more

Power to the People

Power to the People

February 19, 2014
Feb. 19, 2014 – This winter – one of the worst on record – has left many people in the dark, literally, with millions experiencing power outages during the last few months.  But what if a car, or parts of it, could provide power during an emergency?  Toyota engineers are looking for “enlightened” ways to do just that.... more

Worldwide Sales of Toyota Hybrids Top 6 Million Units

Worldwide Sales of Toyota Hybrids Top 6 Million Units

January 14, 2014
Toyota City, Japan, January 15, 2014—Toyota Motor Corporation announces that cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the 6 million unit mark as of December 31, 2013, reaching 6.072 million units1. The latest million-unit milestone was achieved in the fastest time yet for Toyota, taking just nine months.... more

How Toyota Saves 61 Million Gallons of Water Annually

How Toyota Saves 61 Million Gallons of Water Annually

December 16, 2013
Plant processes, such as painting vehicles, require very pure H20. Typically 25 percent of the water coming into a facility doesn’t make the cut. But by implementing a system called reverse osmosis that separates impurities before the manufacturing process, Toyota has increased usable water from 75 to 90 percent at several of its plants. Let’s hear it for not going with the flow!... more

Toyota Indiana 'Plant' Builds a Forest

Toyota Indiana 'Plant' Builds a Forest

December 12, 2013
Dec. 12, 2013 – Leaves rustle and twigs snap under the scuffle of small shoes. A light wind blows; the air is crisp. And Hoosiers can breathe a bit easier, thanks to a 160-acre woods Toyota has planted near its Princeton, Ind., facility.... more

Lexus Eco Challenge Finalists Conquer Conservation and Climate Issues to Win $10,000  and a Chance to Compete for Up to $30,000 More

Lexus Eco Challenge Finalists Conquer Conservation and Climate Issues to Win $10,000 and a Chance to Compete for Up to $30,000 More

December 10, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. – Dec. 10, 2013 – Trading cell phones for calculators, and fashion trends for lab coats, 32 middle and high school teams were selected as finalists for the Lexus Eco Challenge – claiming a $10,000 prize to be shared among the team, teacher and school. The winners will now compete in the Final Challenge for a chance to win one of two $30,000 grand prizes and eight $15,000 first-place awards.... more

Toyota: Focused on Plants, People and Planet

Toyota: Focused on Plants, People and Planet

December 04, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 03, 2013) – Looking for a new vehicle?  How about one that was assembled at a North American facility that helped save 61 million gallons of water last year?   And you can buy that vehicle at one of the most environmentally advanced dealerships in the country.  These examples of environmental leadership and more are highlighted in the recently published 2013 Toyota North American environmental report. ... more

Toyota’s Earth-Friendly Campaign Raises Lots of ‘Green’ for Boys & Girls Clubs of America

November 18, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif.,November 18, 2013 - Toyota Financial Services (TFS) / Lexus Financial Services (LFS) is kicking off its third annual “GoGreen” campaign, encouraging customers to sign up for paperless billing statements; allowing them to receive monthly emails when their bill is due, rather than traditional paper statements sent through the mail. ... more

Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Celebrate  Fifth Anniversary of Tree Campus USA

Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Tree Campus USA

October 30, 2013
Nebraska City, Neb. (Oct. 30, 2013) – Today, Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota celebrate five years of the Tree Campus USA® program. Nearly 200 distinguished leading universities have been honored with the Tree Campus USA designation, and the number of schools applying to be included continues to expand. ... more

Twenty-Two Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Receive Toyota Hybrid Vehicles

October 28, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2013) – Twenty-two select Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) schools will continue their commitment to sustainability with a one-year lease of a Toyota Prius liftback or Prius Plug-in vehicle. Each school will receive a vehicle in conjunction with the 2013-14 Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) tour, an environmental stewardship program designed to empower the African American community. The tour travels to participating HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) each fall to educate students and alumni on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle.... more

Toyota Logistics Services Wins SmartWay Award

October 23, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. transportation team, Toyota Logistics Services (TLS), moves approximately 2.2 million new Toyota and Lexus vehicles to dealerships every year. This week the U.S. EPA recognized TLS for making these moves as efficient as possible.  ... more

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