Toyota celebrates Earth Day

(Javante Ingram, WTVA)
(Javante Ingram, WTVA)
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Updated: 4/22/2013 3:17 pm
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Toyota kicked off Earth Day by flipping the on switch on the fourth largest solar array in the state.

"We'll be developing renewable resources to minimize the amount that we use long term. I think as one of our speakers said we only have one planet so we need to do our best job of taking care of it," said Doug Formby Vice President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi.

According to Formby, the 200 panels that make up the solar array, wake up every morning from "sleep mode" as the sun rises. It then converts the solar power into usable electricity.  

"[The] significance is energy efficiency...renewable energy and the opportunity for Toyota to continue its philosophy of trying to minimize its environmental footprint," said Trudy Fisher the Executive Director of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Toyota also used Monday's Earth Day celebration to teach a younger generation about being environmentally friendly.

"[The] Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of New Albany... are here constructing Wood Duck boxes."

Formby says Toyota has 700 to 800 acres on their property that is not being used. Since Wood Ducks live on their land he says, they want to do there part in helping grow the population. 

"It gives the young boys the opportunity to earn their conservation badge and helps us be better neighbors."

Also, during Monday's Earth Day celebration, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Toyota North America the  "Energy Partner of the Year" award for its management of energy resources. 

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