Forty-One Innovative Environmental Projects Win Over $1 Million in Funding from Audubon and Toyota

TogetherGreen Innovation Grants Kick-Start Local, Solutions-Based Environmental Projects Nationwide


New York, August 2, 2012 Toyota and the National Audubon Society today awarded over $1 million in TogetherGreen Innovation Grants funding to 41 innovative environmental projects nationwide. This year’s winning projects involve more than 150 conservation, environmental justice and community organizations working collaboratively on habitat, water and energy conservation. Many of the projects focus on engaging audiences that have traditionally been underrepresented in the conservation movement, from landowners to religious communities to inner-city students.
 
“Groups that won Innovation Grants this year have ingenuity and creativity on full display. And that’s what it takes to tackle the environmental challenges we face today,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. “I’m proud to partner with these innovators in creative approaches to achieve healthier communities and big conservation results.”
 
Sample projects that will receive 2012 funding include: 
 
“Toyota and Audubon really share in the belief that environmental change starts at the grassroots level,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of national philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation. “We’re so proud to support this year’s Innovation Grants, which embody TogetherGreen’s commitment to conservation, innovation and diversity.”
 
For more details about the 2012 Audubon &Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants projects, visit: www.togethergreen.org/grants.

About TogetherGreen
Audubon and Toyota launched the TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 to foster diverse environmental leadership and fund innovative conservation ideas. Over US$5.5 million in TogetherGreen Innovation Grants funding has been awarded to more than 200 environmental projects nationwide. TogetherGreen funding recipients have helped protect 250 species of birds and other wildlife, improved 13,000 acres of habitat, mobilized 300,000 individuals, collected two million pounds of recyclables, and captured $5 million worth of volunteer time. For more information, visit www.togethergreen.org.
 
About Audubon
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit Audubon online at www.audubon.org.   
 
About Toyota
Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants and has a network of nearly 1,500 dealerships. Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design
 
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed over half-a-billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the U.S. 
 
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit www.toyotainaction.com/community or www.toyota.com/community.

Media Contacts:
Elizabeth Sorrell (Audubon)
212-979-3185 / esorrell@audubon.org

Zoe Zeigler (Toyota)
212-715-7492 / zoe_zeigler@tma.toyota.com