We’re excited to bring you our fun holiday video ‘The Magical Colors of Christmas’. Check out our TV spot below and watch the full-length video on our website.
Every day might as well be ‘Earth Day’ as Toyota takes on climate change year-round by focusing on the goals of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050.
Toyota’s status as a leading “green” company came about twenty years ago when they introduced the world to the Prius. Since that fateful day, Toyota has been a trailblazing corporation–doing their significant part to combat climate change while creating efficient technologies for consumers to use inside and outside the automotive industry. Newsweek recently named Toyota one of the world’s greenest companies–ranking No. 1 in the automobile category.
Toyota is pioneering the path towards zero emissions transportation. The 2017 North American Environmental Report showcases how Toyota’s environmental strategy and performance across four key areas — carbon, water, materials, and biodiversity — is engrained in everything we do.
These core focus areas align with Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 goals that seek to go beyond minimizing negative impacts to creating a net positive impact on the environment.
Electric VehiclesToyota is the largest producer of electrified vehicles worldwide with nearly 11.5 million hybrids sold, including more than 3.2 million in North America. By 2030, Toyota aims to have global sales of more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles, including more than 1 million zero-emission vehicles. By 2025, every model in the Toyota and Lexus lineup around the world will be available either as a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option.
Hydrogen StationToyota is committing millions of dollars to three hydrogen fuel providers to help fund infrastructure that supports a growing community of fuel cell vehicle drivers.
LED LightingUpgrading to LED lighting at eight North American manufacturing plants is expected to save an estimated 20,000 megawatts per year and avoid approximately 17,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.
Water SavingsProjects at four of Toyota’s North American manufacturing plants resulted in water savings last fiscal year more than 43.2 million gallons, equivalent to the annual water use of 394 average American families.
RecyclingIn 2016, only 1 percent of waste from our North American facilities was disposed of in landfills. The rest was recycled, reused, composted or sent to a waste-to-energy facility.
Toyota Plano HeadquartersWith 58 and counting, Toyota and Lexus continue to lead the industry with more dealership facilities certified to LEED® standards in North America than any other auto manufacturer. And our North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, achieved LEED Platinum last fall from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Monarch ButterfliesAt 13 Toyota sites across North America, team members have planted pollinator gardens to nurture monarch butterflies as well as other pollinator species. Three of our sites have planted monarch waystations that are certified by Monarch Watch.
Construction RecycledToyota’s new research and development campus in York, Michigan, recycled 92 percent of the waste generated during construction. That's 461 tons of material put to productive use instead of being disposed of in a landfill.
Pak FabWe worked with one of our packaging suppliers, PakFab, to find a way to reuse and recycle obsolete packaging from vehicle model changes. With eight plants adopting this solution, we expect to eliminate 13 million pounds of waste annually.
Port of Long BeachPlans are underway to build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support Toyota operations at the Port of Long Beach. The Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen. When complete, the station will fuel all Mirai vehicles passing through the port, as well as Toyota’s proof of concept Class 8 HCV Truck.
December 4, 2017
We find Chicago’s best deals & steals in celebration of National Cookie Day. Plus, we shout out our favorite local bakeries and give you the 411 on the area’s best cookies.
All around Chicago, grocery stores and bakeries are rolling out their red carpets in celebration of National Cookie Day. These are the spots offering deals today:
- In honor of today’s holiday, save up to 40% at Mrs. Fields
- Insomnia Cookies is offering a free cookie with any purchase from their menu today.
- The folks at Cinnabon are debuting a special treat today called the BonBite. The new creation puts their famous cinnamon roll inside of chocolate chip cookie, surely pleasing the sugar addict inside each of us.
After you visit the national chains, don’t forget to hit up local bakeries. Trust me when I say this–our local spots offer the yummiest cookies in the Chicago area.
- Iversen’s Bakery: pick up a dozen of their delicious (and adorable) smiley-faced cookies.
- Wolf’s Bakery: their chocolate chip cookies are the closest thing to heaven on earth.
- Tuzik’s Bakery: this famous southside bakery isn’t open on Mondays but treat yourself to an order of their assorted mini cookies on Tuesday and don’t forget the kolaches!
- Talerico-Martin Bakery: their holiday-themed cookies are not only delicious but they are truly gorgeous. Bring a few dozen to your next Christmas party and grab a chocolate chunk cookie for yourself–you won’t be disappointed.
- D’Amato’s Bakery: if you’re in the city, don’t forget to hit up this Italian bakery staple for cannolis, cookies & SO MUCH more.
Next up on the blog today? I’m including my favorite cookie recipes for you to whip up for the family today.
Illinois Tollway warns drivers to remain calm and allow for extra time when driving on roadways over Thanksgiving weekend.
Beginning today, Wednesday, November 22, the Illinois Tollway projects 9 million vehicles to hit the roads through Monday, November 27. The busiest day will be Wednesday, November 22, when 1.8 million vehicles are expected to travel the roadways. The Illinois Tollway H.E.L.P. Trucks (Highway Emergency Lane Patrol) will be on standby to assist drivers in unexpected situations such as changing tires, battery boosts, adding coolant, dispensing fuel, transporting customers, moving vehicles away from traffic and calling for backup tow truck assistance. Hours have been extended for H.E.L.P. Trucks through Friday, November 24, to provide aid until midnight.
The Illinois Tollway warns drivers to practice safe driving as the Illinois State Police is expected to heavily patrol the highways Thanksgiving weekend. Police are looking for distracted drivers on their cell phones (it’s illegal to use a hand-held device when driving in Illinois) as well as speeders, drivers and passengers in violation of seatbelt laws, and drivers under the influence of alcohol or an illegal substance.
Motorists are encouraged to dial *999 for help on the highway if their incident doesn’t call for the assistance of police or medics.
Why Do People Put Out Teal Pumpkins on Halloween?
While walking my dog through our neighborhood the other day, I noticed a beautiful glowing teal pumpkin sitting on my neighbor’s stoop. I didn’t think much of it until I saw another teal pumpkin sitting atop a ledge on the expansive porch of another home. I wondered if “teal” was the new “unicorn”. When I got back to my apartment, I did a quick search and learned the teal pumpkin isn’t just a fun decoration, it represents an alliance, a safe space, an inclusive home for children with food allergies. THIS is a home where trick or treaters with food allergies can find a safe alternative to Halloween candy.
I know what you’re thinking, “Christina, food allergies are not a big deal–why do we have to change our candy routine for a few kids with silly allergies? Tell them to suck it up!” I get it. You’re annoyed because kids these days are coddled and you’re probably not wrong. But food allergies don’t have anything to do with placating picky children; putting a teal pumpkin on your stoop doesn’t mean we’re setting up children to expect that society will bend at their will. The Teal Pumpkin Project signals that our culture is getting smarter in learning how to incorporate the needs of ALL kids on Halloween.
Do you remember trick-or-treating as a kid?! Can you recall the thrill of running from one house to the next–that small sliver of freedom you experienced in exploring your neighborhood while accumulating hoards of candy to pack in your pillowcase? Now imagine you’re a kid with a severe peanut, egg, milk, soy, or tree nut allergy? Your candy options are markedly limited and it’s another reminder that you are not able to participate in things the way your friends do. Sure, you can dress up, but you can’t accept the candy and if you do, you can’t eat it. Because if you do eat it, you’re likely to go into anaphylactic shock and end up in the hospital.
My niece, Pearl, has severe food allergies. If she simply comes into secondhand contact with one of the foods on her “do not eat” list, she breaks out into hives–red rashes peppering her tiny body and causing excruciating discomfort. It’s heart-breaking to see her suffer and while she’s too young and blissfully ignorant of her food allergies, I know her parents worry about providing her a normal childhood, creating a life for her that’s similar to her peers.
Kids like Pearl deserve to enjoy Halloween just like the rest of us did. The Teal Pumpkin Project was born out of the idea that homes with a teal pumpkin are safe spots for kids with food allergies–neighbors often choosing to hand out non-food options to trick or treaters. I know it’s Halloween morning and you’re scrambling to get out the door. But if you have time today, I encourage you to run and grab a few things for those kids with food allergies.
The Teal Pumpkin Project gives a variety of suggestions on fun things to hand out but here are a few favorites: glow sticks, bubbles, beads, notepads, stickers, stamps, temporary tattoos, pencils, or anything else you find in the Dollar Section at Target. Just be sure to put the non-food items in a separate bowl from the food items if you’re handing out candy. Ask the trick or treaters to “choose a prize OR candy” and I promise both kids and parents will feel grateful for your empathy and for thinking about their child’s needs.
Today should be a fun and carefree day for kids. Let’s help reduce risk and anxiety for our neighbors and friends today. To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and to see an interactive map with participating homes in your area, click here.
We celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Friday with a feast courtesy of Carmelo and Cesar. Check it all out!
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Today is one of my favorite days: National Strawberry Day! It’s an excuse to bake something extravagant and delicious. If you do whip up one of these beautiful recipes, be sure to tag @OakLawnToyota across social platforms. Happy baking! Happy eating! … Continue reading