In the runup to last year's summer Olympics, a lot of attention was paid to the horrible air quality in Chinese cities like Beijing. Now Toyota has decided to contribute to the effort to clean things up. The automaker made a number of grants under the Toyota China Youth Environmental Protection Aid
Program last week in Beijing.

One of the awards was for restoration and cleanup as part of following the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. A total of 27 other environmental programs also received grants from Toyota.

[Source: Toyota]

Toyota Presents Environmental Protection Grants in China

Tokyo - TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces that Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (TMCI), together with the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China and the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) awarded grants under the FY2008 Toyota China Youth Environmental Protection Aid Program at a ceremony today in Beijing, China.

Approximately 400 people attended the ceremony, including Chinese government officials and executives of ACYF and TMCI.

The Toyota China Youth Environmental Protection Aid Program, which was established in 2005, solicits written proposals from Chinese youth concerning environmental education, ecosystem restoration, pollution prevention and resource conservation. Those who submit the best proposals receive grants to support their environmental-protection activities and are given the opportunity of a study trip to Japan.

This year, under the program's continuing theme "Everyone's world, everyone's responsibility", 311 proposals were sent in from across China. One proposal received the Toyota Special Award, 12 received general support and 15 received individual commendations.

The Toyota Special Award went to "Garbage Disposal and Recycling in Reconstruction Efforts for Areas Stricken by the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake", a program that has played an extremely important role in protecting the environment, restoring the ecosystem and ensuring sanitary conditions and the availability of drinking water for
the public during the reconstruction of disaster-stricken areas in Sichuan Province.

TMC and its affiliates have continued to conduct social contribution activities throughout the world, focusing on the three areas of environmental protection, traffic safety and human resources development. In China, TMC and its affiliates are implementing afforestation programs to combat desertification, conducting traffic-safety educational events for the general public in collaboration with the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and have established the Toyota Study Assistance Fund and a research center in collaboration with the School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University.

TMC aims to be a good corporate citizen and plans to continue contributing to Chinese society.

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