GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (September 25, 2013) — What is your favorite outdoor spot? Most of us have a favorite trail, beach, garden or park. These public spaces allow us opportunities for exercise, recreation, education or a simple connection with nature. Toyota wants to keep it that way.
On Saturday, September 28th, Toyota will pitch in, once again, to care for these treasured public lands by sponsoring and participating in National Public Lands Day (NPLD). 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of NPLD and Toyota’s 15th consecutive year as national sponsor.
“Last year alone, volunteers built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, planted about 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants and removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other lands,” said Diane Wood, president of National Environmental Education Foundation. “These efforts contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country.”
NPLD is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. More than 180,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,200 sites across the country, including national, state, and local parks, community gardens, beaches, wildlife preserves, forests and other public spaces. All NPLD volunteers receive a free one-day pass to any national park to use anytime within the year.
In 1999, Toyota organized 18 NPLD sites and boasted close to 900 volunteers. This year, Toyota expects more than 3,000 associates will support 40 Toyota sites around the nation. Over the past fifteen years, more than 15,000 Toyota associates and their families have volunteered to help beautify our public lands.
“At Toyota, we strive to create partnerships that sustain and improve our communities,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc. vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs. “NPLD allows volunteers across the country to get involved, get outside and protect public lands for future generations.”
To find an NPLD volunteer site near you, please visit www.publiclandsday.org
About Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Toyota’s largest plant in North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) started production in May 1988. The Georgetown, Ky. plant employs approximately 6,600 full time team members and represents a $6 billion investment. TMMK currently produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza as well as four-cylinder and V-6 engines and other engine components. Annual capacity is 500,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines. Since 1987, TMMK has donated more than $44 million to non-profit organizations throughout Kentucky.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957. Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. supports 14 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs nearly 39,000 people in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $24.5 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals nearly $30 billion. Toyota currently produces 12 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and the Lexus RX 350. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.