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May 11, 2004 > Toyota Logistics Plant Goes Green

Toyota Logistics Plant Goes Green

Toyota Logistics Services, Inc. of Fremont is the first automotive distribution company in the Bay Area to be certified as a Bay Area Green Business. Toyota Logistics Services, Inc., a division of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., is responsible for processing, accessorizing, and delivery of Toyota and Lexus vehicles to 1,509 US dealers, and the export of North American production vehicles to 15 overseas destinations. On April 6, 2004 the plant, located at 45250 Fremont Boulevard, was recognized by the Fremont City Council for operating as an environmentally aware facility and meeting high performance standards in energy, water and materials conservation.

Karen Moore, the company's safety/environmental engineer, says that Toyota operates under a global earth charter that promotes environment responsibility throughout the company: "Like the Bay Area Green Business Program, we strive for continuous improvement and are committed to reaching beyond environmental compliance." Moore adds, "Toyota Logistics Services (TLS) is proud to have achieved Green Business Certification through our team members' waste reduction, recycling and conservation efforts."

TLS has taken a comprehensive approach to environmental performance. According to Green Business Coordinator Pamela Evans, "TLS sees its commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance as sound business strategy. The strategy includes 'greening' the supply chain (a plus for Toyota distributors), reducing waste, maintaining a safer workplace and being a good neighbor to the community."

TLS was able to reduce paper and other waste in the local facility by eliminating unnecessary forms, double-sided copying, centralized purchasing, efficient inventory management, and selecting reusable or recyclable packaging. The company recycles paper, cardboard, plastics, batteries, oil filters, fluorescent lamps, and scrap metal.

In addition, they return vendor packaging for 60% of the post-production accessories installed in Fremont, and 100% of their wood pallets are returned to vendors for reuse. TLS committed resources to retrofit their offices, production areas and storage yard with lower-wattage light and motion sensors.

According to Pamela Evans, the Program standards help companies significantly reduce consumption of resources and eliminate or recycle most of their wastes. "We're proud to welcome TLS into the Program. They have broken ground for their industry." Toyota Logistics Services is the 13th Fremont business certified under the Bay Area Green Business Program. Other local companies include: Auto Diagnosis, Best Graphic Image, Club Sport, Del Conte's Landscaping, Ed's Auto Clinic, Fremont Marriott Hotel, Glenmoor Auto Repair, Kinko's, Pete's Foreign Auto Repair, Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant, The Pro Shop, and the City of Fremont's Fleet Maintenance Division.

The Alameda County Green Business Program is a partnership of government and business, including the East Bay Small Business Development Center, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the City of Fremont, Alameda County Water District, and PG&E. The technical assistance and certification services are free to participating businesses. For information on certification and for Green Business Directories, call Pamela Evans at (510) 567-6770 or visit the regional web site at www.greenbiz.abag.ca.gov.

 
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