Toyota Motor Sales Inc’s Kansas City Regional Technical Training Center from Kansas City recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
The center is located in the sales offices region and offers classrooms, offices and training bays for Toyota dealer technicians. Until now a total of 11 Toyota/Lexus U.S. facilities and 18 Toyota/Lexus dealerships have been given the LEED certification.
“At Toyota, we are committed to reducing environmental impacts throughout our operations,” said Doug Beebe, TMS corporate manager of administrative services. “LEED provides a framework for us to demonstrate that doing what is environmentally responsible can also be financially responsible.”
In order to achieve Gold certification, the Kansas City technical center integrated LEED elements into its construction such as: extensive native vegetation rain gardens, roof storm water runoff, automatic lighting controls which reduce 24.5% of electrical demand, high efficiency HVAC system , Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, dual flush toilets which offer 66% reduction of water consumption.
“Toyota and Lexus dealers have truly seized the opportunity to ‘green’ their businesses,” said Ernest Bastien, TMS vice president of retail market development, “and by doing so are demonstrating environmental leadership in their communities.”