Toyota's Texas headquarters wins top environment award
The 8.79-megawatt solar power system produces enough energy to power 1,200 homes per year and provides up to 33 percent of daily electric needs for the Plano campus.
Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, has officially achieved LEED platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Toyota’s new campus is the largest commercial LEED platinum project in the state of Texas, to date, officials said in a release. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
“At Toyota, we have a longstanding commitment to sustainability and preserving our natural resources,” said Jim Lentz, TMNA president and chief executive officer. “With the installation of greenspaces, thousands of solar panels, a massive rain water capture system and natural light wells, we have designed our new headquarters to reflect the local habitat and enhance its biodiversity.
“Recognition as a LEED platinum facility is a testament of our efforts to become a model for energy efficiency and sustainability, and speaks to our challenge to ourselves to create a net positive impact on the planet by 2050.”
The state-of-the-art, 100-acre campus boasts a platinum-sized list of sustainability aspects, from renewable energy to drought resistant landscaping:
- Largest onsite corporate solar installation among non-utility companies in Texas
- 8.79-Megawatt solar power system, designed and installed by SunPower Corp.
- Produces up to 33 percent of daily electric needs for headquarters campus
- Reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions by 7,198 metric tons
- Creates enough energy to power 1,200 average U.S. homes for a year
- Installation of high efficiency lighting and building envelopes to reduce energy usage on campus
- Specialized rooftop design teeming with plant life to manage rainwater, reduce heat and further insulate the buildings
- Flexible energy contract to preserve and resell excess power generation back to the grid
- Grid energy offset by Texas wind farm renewable energy credits
- Re-purposed rainwater
- State-of-the-art rainwater capture system will provide up to three months of water supply for irrigation use
- Cistern water storage with a capacity to hold 400,000 gallons of harvested rain water
- Estimated to save more than 11 million gallons of potable (drinking) water annually
- Excess drain water will be collected and re-purposed for sanitary facility use
- More than 99 percent of the construction waste was recycled
- Construction waste was sorted offsite at North Texas’ first construction and demolition waste processing facility
- Exterior landscaping features drought-tolerant, North Texas indigenous plants like savannah, oaklands and wildflower meadows
- Campus landscape will provide a natural habitat for endangered pollinators and monarch butterflies
- Approximately 1,300 trees planted onsite by Toyota
- More than 80 mature trees saved or relocated onsite, including a 100-year-old oak tree
- Landscaping will be managed without expensive mowing, fertilizers, chemicals or artificial irrigation
- Historic wetlands on the northeast corner of the campus were preserved to protect its natural state
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