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Lexus and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Announce Inaugural Eco Fashion Challenge Honorees

Lexus and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Announce Inaugural Eco Fashion Challenge Honorees

November 10, 2010
Lexus and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have collaborated to celebrate and support sustainable fashion design by establishing the Eco Fashion Challenge. With a goal of increasing sustainable practices in the fashion industry, Lexus and the CFDA have created the Challenge as a platform to support and recognize the industry’s leaders in sustainable design. From ten finalists, three designers have been selected to receive support from Lexus for their Fall 2011 show or presentation in February 2011.... more

Toyota International Teacher Program Sends U.S. Educators to Galapagos for Eco Study Tour

November 03, 2010
Focused on enhancing environmental stewardship and international learning in schools, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) will send 24 U.S. teachers to Galapagos, Nov. 20 – Dec. 4, 2010, through the Toyota International Teacher Program.... more

Toyota TAPESTRY Program Now Accepting Entries for 21st Annual Science Grant Competition

October 27, 2010
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, the largest science teacher grant program of its kind in the nation, is now accepting entries for the 2011-2012 program year.... more

TMC, 3 Companies Start Joint Battery-to-battery Recycling

TMC, 3 Companies Start Joint Battery-to-battery Recycling

October 27, 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Toyota Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. (Toyota Chemical Engineering), Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (Sumitomo Metal Mining) and Primearth EV Energy Co., Ltd. (PEVE) announce the launch of the world’s first* business to recycle nickel in used hybrid-vehicle nickel-metal-hydride batteries for use in new nickel-metal-hydride batteries.... more

Toyota and Lexus Celebrate Entertainment Industry’s Environmental Efforts at the 20th Annual Environmental Media Awards

October 14, 2010
For the 10th year, Toyota and Lexus are proud presenting sponsors of the Environmental Media Awards.... more

Toyota Green Initiative Launches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

October 14, 2010
The Toyota Green Initiative is an environmental stewardship platform designed to empower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) students and alumni on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. The Toyota Green Initiative will provide multiple touch points to mobilize the collegiate audience to go green including a content-rich website (www.ToyotaGreen.com) and an HBCU campus tour.... more

TMC to Use Bio-PET ‘Ecological Plastic’ in Vehicle Interiors

October 13, 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces it plans to make vehicle liner material and other interior surfaces from a new “Ecological Plastic”[1] that features the world’s first use of bio-PET2.... more

Tree Campus USA Schools More Than Double in Second Year; Arbor Day Foundation Holding Six Tree-Planting Events to Celebrate

October 07, 2010
The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA program continues to make a positive impact on college campuses across the United States, more than doubling in size in just its second year of operation. The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota are celebrating by planting trees on six college campuses throughout the United States this fall.... more

Toyota Donates to Nature Conservancy

October 04, 2010
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) donated $25,000 to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Kentucky to support efforts to step up conservation management at the Conservancy’s 30 nature preserves and the more than 100 conservation easements under its jurisdiction.... more

Georgetown to Help Toyota Test Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Georgetown to Help Toyota Test Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

September 29, 2010
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced today its launch of a Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHV) demonstration program at Georgetown University. Two vehicles will be loaned to the university as part of a global plug-in hybrid study with TMS and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program managing the long-term evaluation of the vehicles.... more

Lexus Eco Challenge Makes An International Impact

August 31, 2010
The Lexus Eco Challenge has inspired and empowered more than 15,000 middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. This fall, students are invited to participate in the fourth annual Lexus Eco Challenge for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. Lexus, the luxury automaker, has once again joined with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, to create the eco-friendly educational school program.... more

Toyota Celebrates Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Visitor Education Center Grand Opening

August 25, 2010
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and the Yellowstone Park Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the brand-new Old Faithful Visitor Education Center (OFVEC) today at Yellowstone National Park. The new OFVEC is the first national park visitor center to earn Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.... more

Tesla Motors and Toyota Motor Corporation Formalize Agreement to Develop Electric Version of RAV4

July 16, 2010
TESLA MOTORS, INC. (Tesla) and TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) today announced that the two companies have signed an agreement to initiate the development of an electric version of the RAV4 as announced in May of this year by Elon Musk and Akio Toyoda.... more

Toyota's Household Hazardous Waste Day Collects More Than 200,000 Pounds of Waste

May 26, 2010
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Management Area and the Northern Kentucky Household Hazardous Waste Action Coalition, today announced results from its Household Waste Collection Day, held on Saturday, April 24.... more

John Ravitch Wins Lexus Prize, Year-Long Lease of Lexus HS 250h, for Carbon Reduction Concept 'One Dashboard for Life'

April 22, 2010
The Lexus Eco Village at TED 2010, themed “A Future of Less Carbon - A Brighter Future Because Tomorrow Deserves Nothing Less,” brought together eco visionaries of the Lexus Hybrid Living Community with visionaries of the TED community to collaborate on ideas for a world using less carbon. Emphasis was placed on transportation, cuisine, sustainable cities and architecture. At the Lexus Eco Village, 50 TEDsters entered their ideas for carbon reduction through short videos and whiteboard displays for the opportunity to win a year’s lease of a Lexus HS 250h hybrid vehicle.... more

Positive Action for the Planet Earns Students, Teachers and Schools $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

April 19, 2010
Bringing relief to Haiti in the form of a biodiesel processor, solar panels, seedlings for a 2.5-acre Jatropha Farm and donated hand tools, and educating the community about the importance of cleaning up of pet waste were the two top winning projects in the third annual Lexus Eco Challenge, an educational program and contest that inspires and empowers middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it.... more

Toyota Stages Sustainable Mobility Seminar

Toyota Stages Sustainable Mobility Seminar

April 13, 2010
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. stages the “2010 Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar” featuring presentations and panel discussions from global experts in energy, science and economics, exploring the future of mobility.... more

EPA Recognizes Toyota With Energy Star® Award For Commitment To Environmental Excellence

March 25, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), with a 2010 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency and management.... more

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Program Expands

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Program Expands

January 11, 2010
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. announced today that more than 100 Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle – Advanced (FCHV-adv) vehicles will be placed in a nationwide demonstration program over the next three years.... more

Toyota Unveils Compact Dedicated Hybrid Concept, Reveals Future Plan for 'Prius Family' North American Marketing Strategy

Toyota Unveils Compact Dedicated Hybrid Concept, Reveals Future Plan for 'Prius Family' North American Marketing Strategy

January 11, 2010
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A, Inc., today unveiled the FT-CH dedicated hybrid concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The FT-CH is a concept that would address Toyota’s stated strategy to offer a wider variety of conventional hybrid choices to its customers, as it begins to introduce plug-in hybrids (PHVs) and battery electrics (BEVs) in model year 2012, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCHVs) in 2015 in global markets.... more

Toyota to Debut Dedicated Hybrid Concept at 2010 North American International Auto Show

Toyota to Debut Dedicated Hybrid Concept at 2010 North American International Auto Show

December 14, 2009
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will stage the world debut of a new dedicated hybrid concept vehicle during the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.... more

Toyota Issues 2009 North America Environmental Report, Updating Progress on Environmental Goals

December 07, 2009
Toyota announced significant environmental accomplishments over the last year in its ninth annual North America Environmental Report released today.... more

2010 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Makes North American Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

2010 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Makes North American Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

December 02, 2009
The 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle (PHV) will make its North American debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Built specifically to support a global demonstration program that begins this month, the Prius PHV is based on the third-generation Prius.... more

Forty Conservationists Receive 2009 TogetherGreen Fellowships

November 23, 2009
The TogetherGreen Fellowship program invests in high-potential environmentalists, providing them with the tools, resources, visibility and a peer network to help them lead the conservation actions needed to shape a greener, healthier future.... more

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Joins U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise Program

November 11, 2009
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) announced today that it has joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WasteWise program. As the first national voluntary solid waste reduction program, Waste Wise encourages organizations to reduce municipal solid waste through waste prevention, recycling and buying or manufacturing recycled products.... more

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