Seven nonprofit organizations, each promoting projects aimed at education, research and environmental awareness, received donations from the Toyota Foundation, which for some 20 years has supported environmental initiatives.
In this edition of the program, Toyota Foundation gave more than $100,000 in donations. Among the supported organizations include the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, la Coalición Pro Corredor Ecológico del Noroeste, el Museo del Reciclaje, Fundación Amigos de El Yunque Inc., Nuestra Escuela Inc., Organización Pro Ambiente Sustentable, y Protectores de Cuencas Inc.
“Climate change and the impact of human activities on our natural environment are real phenomena,” said Maribel Bengoa, marketing manager of Toyota of Puerto Rico Corp.
“Therefore, as a responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to put forward ideas and initiatives to safeguard our environment. Given this reality, we created this environmental program that gives various nonprofit organizations a tool so that they can effect change,” she said.
To choose the seven winning projects, the jury reviewed 33 proposals.
One of the winning projects, the Recyclable Materials Business Management program in the communities that Nuestra Escuela Inc. serves, aims to improve environmental conservation through the development of production systems for urban agriculture using methods and management techniques for reusable and recyclable materials.
The project also seeks to provide knowledge and educate the school community about the problem of waste in Puerto Rico and sustainable economic opportunities that may be available to a collective venture or youth cooperative for the benefit of students.
Nancy Navales, vice president of Toyota de Puerto Rico said the automaker’s commitment to the environment is global.
“Toyota is a company dedicated to developing transportation solutions responsible for fostering a harmonious existence between man and automotive technologies, like the development of ‘green’ technologies such as electric, hybrid, hydrogen and other low-emission systems,” she said.