Selection of Recipients of the 2016 Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program. In the 17 years since its introduction in 2000, a cumulative total of 332 projects in 53 countries and regions have received this grant.
Once again, biodiversity conservation and global warming were chosen as themes for the grant program, which drew 92 applications in the three selection categories-the international project grants, the domestic project grants, and the domestic small project grants.
During the screening process, the first and final rounds focused on continuity and future development, harmony with regional characteristics, among other considerations. Within the international project grant category, 10 projects, including the "Joint Biodiversity Conservation Activities with Cacao Farmers in Ghana" were selected. In Japan, ten projects including the "Conservation of Endangered Butterflies (luehdorfia japonica and coenonympha oedippus arothius)" were selected from the domestic project category, and eight projects including the "Local Power to Protect Wildlife! Nature Specialist Club for Nurturing Future Generations" were selected from the domestic small project grant category.
A ceremony will be held in December in Tokyo, where representatives of this year's selected projects will be presented with grant certificates. A meeting will be held next spring to report on the selections.
Toyota plans to continue making its contributions to establish a future society in harmony with nature through various forms of support to NPOs among others, in the future.
(1) The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in protecting and improving the environment. In 1999, Toyota became the first Japanese corporation to receive the award in recognition of its many initiatives to protect and improve the environment (such as being the first company in the world to mass-produce and sell hybrid vehicles) and its wide-ranging corporate social contribution activities.
(2) With the aim of contributing to the sustainability of the global environment, in October 2015, Toyota had announced the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050. The Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 aims to reduce the environmental burden of manufacturing and driving vehicles to zero, by helping address key global environmental issues such as climate change, water shortage, resource depletion, and degradation of biodiversity, as well as to create value and produce benefit to society. The challenge is composed of six individual challenges across three areas: ever-better cars, ever-better manufacturing, and enriching lives of communities. http://www.toyota-global.com/sustainability/environment/challenge2050/
Grant Program Contact: Secretariat, Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program
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