Improving Sustainability, One Building at a Time
Toyota Engineering Facilities Earn LEED Platinum Status in Kentucky and Michigan
April 22, 2019
PLANO, Texas (April 22, 2019) – As Toyota’s footprint continues to grow in North America, so does their dedication to the environment and society through Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050. Announced in 2017, the ambitious program emboldens the global mobility leader to go beyond zero environmental impact and achieve a net positive impact. Part of that challenge; ensuring new Toyota facilities are constructed and operated sustainably. That commitment has resulted in Toyota’s two newest U.S. facilities being certified LEED Platinum, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest rating.
In Georgetown, Kentucky, the $80 million Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) received its LEED Platinum plaque on March 28th. Opened in October 2017, the PEMC serves as the go-between for design, research & development, and manufacturing. "Our team is excited to have earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating for our Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center," said Chris Reynolds, Toyota’s executive in charge of manufacturing and corporate resources. "Toyota's investment in this facility demonstrates our company’s global challenge of achieving zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Such a significant challenge must start with smaller, achievable goals and designing a building that uses 50% less energy and supplementing with renewables, such as solar panels, are significant steps toward meeting that challenge.”
In York Township, Michigan, Toyota’s Supplier Center was presented with their LEED Platinum plaque on April 15th. The Supplier Center, which opened in May of 2017, is part of a recent $154 million investment in Michigan to realign Toyota’s purchasing, prototype, and powertrain operations. Said Shinichi Yasui, executive vice president of Research and Development“Much like vehicle design, smart, thoughtful planning and use of our facilities is integral to the central core of Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050. We believe all our work can contribute positively to our planet so we may contribute to a society that lives in harmony with nature.”
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today.
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Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) aims to redefine next-generation cars as not simply a form of transportation, but as a fully connected vehicle. In fact, since 2003, Toyota has been awarded more patents than any other automaker, including autonomous vehicle patents (more than 1,400). Centered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Toyota puts the brightest thinkers from all across America together to focus on letting people live more safely and comfortably. Globally, Toyota spends approximately $1 million per hour on R&D to ensure that Toyota rapidly and continuously develops cutting-edge, high-quality, and appealing vehicles.