Audubon and Toyota Announce $3.5 Million Extension of Conservation Alliance
NEW YORK, April 9, 2013
Applications Open for 2013 Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowships and Innovation
NEW YORK, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Toyota today announced a
$3.5 million grant to The National Audubon Societyto extend Toyota
TogetherGreen, a national initiative that invests in emerging conservation
leaders and funds innovative community-based conservation projects throughout
the United States. Now in its sixth year, Toyota TogetherGreen has engaged
nearly 370,000 people in conservation action to date.
In 2013, Toyota TogetherGreen will continue to support:
oFellowships:Forty Toyota TogetherGreen Fellows will receive $10,000
grants as well as specialized training and support to help develop and
implement 12-month conservation projects in their communities;
oInnovation Grants:Up to 40 grants ranging from $5,000-$80,000 will be
given to support cutting-edge conservation projects that address habitat,
wildlife, water, or energy issues in local communities; and
oExit the Highway:A summertime digital campaign will inspire people to get
outdoors and spend more time in nature. By submitting scenic photos of
nature, participants can enter to win a Toyota Prius v. To learn more,
"Because of Toyota's support, conservationists across the U.S. are incubating
new approaches to creating healthier communities," said David Yarnold, Audubon
President. "Toyota TogetherGreen has helped jumpstart great programs, leaders,
and ideas by providing funding, professional development, and a support
network to scale conservation work for even more significant results."
"At Toyota, our commitment to the environment is built into everything we do
so we are thrilled to support Toyota TogetherGreen for its sixth year," said
Patricia Salas Pineda, Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and the
Toyota USA Foundation. "By engaging diverse communities and supporting
emerging leaders in conservation action, Toyota TogetherGreen is playing a
vital role in helping the environmental movement reach its full potential and
achieve its most important goals."
Audubon and Toyota created the Toyota TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 through
a $20 million grant from Toyota. The program has expanded the scope and reach
of Audubon's conservation action nationwide with impressive results—15 million
gallons of water conserved, 188,931 native trees and plants planted, 17,357
acres restored or conserved and more than 1,000 tons of recyclables collected.
Funding recipients have multiplied their impact by translating their dollars
into $7.2 million in matching funds and $8.8 million worth of volunteer time.
The deadline to apply for a Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship or Innovation
Grant is 11:59 p.m. PDT on June 7, 2013. Visit www.togethergreen.org/fellows
and www.togethergreen.org/grants respectively for application guidelines,
selection criteria, eligibility, benefits, and online applications for both
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the
environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based
nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages
millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect
and restore the natural world. (www.audubon.org).
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and
currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over
31,000 in the United States and its investment here is currently valued at
more than $19.5 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations,
research and development, financial services and design.
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where
it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term
sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the
country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. To date, Toyota
has contributed nearly $700 million to philanthropic programs in the United
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities
nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.
Brenda Timm (Audubon)
Luis Rosero (Toyota)
SOURCE National Audubon Society
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