Toyota Has More Than Eco-Friendly Cars
It is without a doubt that Toyota has created a reputation as a green automaker. The Japanese automaker was the pioneer of making hybrid power popular. And, there is no stopping them! Toyota continues to eagerly pursue eco-friendly technologies.
However, Toyota not only creates green vehicles, but also maintains eco-friendly buildings. Specifically, a total of 29 Toyota and Lexus facilities are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified in the U.S., putting them in the lead of all other automakers.
Addressing this admirable accomplishment, Doug Beebe, Corporate Manager of Administrative Services, Toyota Motor Sales states, "At Toyota we are committed to reducing environmental impacts throughout our operations. LEED provides a framework for us to demonstrate that doing what is environmentally responsible can also be financially responsible."1
But, what does being LEED certified mean?
Well, in the case of Toyota's Kansas City technical training center, it means that 99% of all construction waste, in this case over 953 tons, didn't unnecessarily going to the landfill via smart salvaging and recycling. It also transcend to the parking lot, where widespread native vegetation rain gardens and swales treat the entire space and roof storm water runoff. Although this may sound like a straightforward measure, it actually eliminates 95% of pollutants.
The above are only two examples of what being LEED certified entails, for this particular facility. As you might imagine, the efforts are extremely extensive transcending rooftop to office space, dealerships to manufacturing facilities and will only continue to expand in coming years.
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