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National Environmental Education Foundation and Toyota Award Grants to Restore Public Lands Impacted by Natural Disaster

Grants totaling $200,000 will support nonprofits conducting restoration and resilience work on public lands throughout the U.S.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Extreme weather events have been grabbing headlines with increasing frequency. Whether a hurricane, tornado, or flood, communities face the challenge of recovering from the damage and preparing for potential repeats. Non-profits are taking a larger role in helping communities rebound,* and restoring their access and enjoyment of local public lands is an important component. To support these efforts, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and Toyota Motor North America, are awarding $200,000 in Restoration & Resilience grants to support the work of nonprofit organizations on public lands impacted by natural disasters.

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Toyotathon Returns Home For The Holidays With Heartwarming New Ad

A service member is welcomed home with a special greeting in Toyota's latest spot.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Toyotathon is back for its 39th year with a holiday spot that showcases a heartwarming homecoming. The 90-second "Home for the Holidays" spot premiered Wednesday night, November 28th, on NBC's primetime Christmas in Rockefeller Center, with a throw from NBC's TODAY Host Al Roker.

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Mazda Toyota Plant Paving the Way for Groundbreaking Future

4,000 jobs, $1.6 billion investment; $870,000 donated toward fueling future workforce and community.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

In Huntsville, the first shovel of dirt was turned on what will become a jointly owned-and-operated automotive production plant that will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles a year, beginning in 2021. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (MTMUS) is expected to create 4,000 jobs, with a $1.6 billion investment split by the two companies.

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Toyota Financial Services Offers Payment Relief to Customers Affected by California Wildfires

Toyota Financial Services will proactively attempt to contact customers via email and telephone in the affected areas to assess their needs and inform customers of the options available to them.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced it is offering payment relief options to its customers affected by the recent series of wildfires throughout California. This broad outreach includes any Toyota Financial Services (TFS) or Lexus Financial Services (LFS) customer in the designated disaster areas.

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Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Thanks to a research discovery in battery development, your phone charge might last a little longer.

That's one of the findings of Monash University, a leading university in Australia, and the Toyota Research Institute North America (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor North America R&D (TMNA) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The new battery materials discovery involves non-volatile, non-flammable and electrochemically stable electrolytes that could be applied to batteries. The discovery is outlined in a study published in the leading international journal Energy and Environmental Science.

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Toyota: Students Invited to Take Peek into the Future of Mobility

Immersive Educational Experience to Explore STEM Concepts set for Oct. 30.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Rather than take a bus on a field trip, this October, Toyota and Discovery Education will bring the latest in automotive technology to students in their classrooms.

Toyota Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan is opening its doors to middle and high school students nationwide through a free virtual field trip. The live event, Cars of the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Automated Vehicles, will explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts through an in-class activity. Students will see how TRI is using artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics to develop smarter automated vehicles. To assist teachers, an educator guide for the virtual field trip is available for download.

"Toyota is working on cutting-edge AI research, and we are excited to show students how we are applying that to vehicle automation and robotics to ignite their passion in STEM," said Ryan Eustice, senior vice president of Automated Driving, Toyota Research Institute.

Students will also get an insiders' tour of the University of Michigan's Mcity, the one of a kind urban test facility where industry, government and academia come together to improve transportation, safety, sustainability, and accessibility for the benefit of society.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan are one of hundreds of school districts across the U.S. expected to participate in the virtual field trip.

"Students will be able to see how the curriculum and hands-on skills we practice daily are implemented into the technological world around them; specifically, in the real world work at Toyota," explains Tom Pachera, Ann Arbor Public Schools STEAM Coordinator.

The Virtual Field Trip is the part of Toyota's TeenDrive365 initiative, which offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators, teens and parents. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, these resources include: standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12; activities that teach appropriate behaviors for young drivers and passengers.

Event Details

What: Cars of the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Automated Vehicles

When: Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time

How: Register by clicking here or visit http://teendrive365inschool.com/educators/field-trip, and download materials.

Viewers nationwide are encouraged to engage in the virtual premiere using #TD365VFT via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Toyota Financial Services Offers Payment Relief to Customers Affected by Hurricane Michael

We extend our heartfelt thoughts to those affected by the devastating storm.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced it is offering payment relief options to its customers affected by Hurricane Michael. This broad outreach includes any Toyota Financial Services (TFS) or Lexus Financial Services (LFS) customer in the designated disaster areas.

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Toyota: Career Pathway in Kentucky Named Leading 'Benchmark' Program for U.S.

Harrison County Schools, local universities offer STEM career pathway from Pre-K to master's degree.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

A national model for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career pathways in Cynthiana, Kentucky, is bulldozing the obstacles girls face for a career in manufacturing. Harrison County High School freshman Kara Hines says there are so many great options in STEM, she "just can't pick right now."

"Engineering, chemical engineering, material science," Hines listed the fields currently at the top of her list. "If you start earlier, the easier it is for you to go into a career. You'll figure out what you like sooner."

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Toyota AI Ventures Goes on the Road to Meet Robotics Entrepreneurs

Calling robotics innovators in Silicon Valley, Austin, Boston and Pittsburgh.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures announced that it is participating in a series of events across the United States to meet promising entrepreneurs that are looking for funding. As part of the "call for innovation" initiative that it unveiled this summer in partnership with the robotics group at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the Toyota AI Ventures team will go on the road beginning this week to take part in several startup events. The series includes RoboBusiness 2018 in Silicon Valley where the firm's managing director Jim Adler gave a presentation on the main stage the evening of Sept. 26, 2018.

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Toyota: Hands-On Approach Brings Thousands Outdoors to Restore, Refurbish, Rehabilitate

Toyota Volunteers Take Part In 50 National Public Lands Day Projects.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

With a focus on projects in nine states 20 years ago, volunteers set out to unify their work to restore public lands, parks, forests and beaches under the newly organized National Public Lands Day (NPLD). That year, more than 1,500 Toyota team members, families and friends worked together to clean the waters of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. and plant greenery at the National Wildlife Refuge in Seal Beach, California.

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Originally Published by Toyota North America.

Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), Toyota USA Foundation and SMU have joined together to collaborate on the creation of a new and innovative STEM-focused school in west Dallas.

The aim is to inspire and prepare students for the next generation of STEM jobs through curricula that is project-based and business-aligned.

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Toyota Gives At-Risk Youth H.O.P.E.

Automaker donates $50,000, funds afterschool program.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Fifty at-risk teens in Pontotoc County have brighter futures thanks to Helping Other People Excel (H.O.P.E.) Afterschool. Toyota Mississippi gifted Transforming Lives Ministries with $50,000 to launch the free 10-month after-school program, which will focus on life skills education.

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