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Applications Open for 2013 Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowships and Innovation
Grants

NEW YORK,  April 9, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Toyota  today announced a 
$3.5 million  grant to  The National Audubon Society to extend  Toyota
TogetherGreen, a national initiative that invests in emerging conservation
leaders and funds innovative community-based conservation projects throughout 
the United States. Now in its sixth year, Toyota TogetherGreen has engaged
nearly 370,000 people in conservation action to date.

In 2013, Toyota TogetherGreen will continue to support:

* Fellowships: Forty Toyota TogetherGreen Fellows will receive  $10,000  grants
as well as specialized training and support to help develop and implement
12-month conservation projects in their communities;  
* Innovation Grants: Up to 40 grants ranging from  $5,000-$80,000  will be given
to support cutting-edge conservation projects that address habitat, wildlife,
water, or energy issues in local communities; and  
* Exit the Highway: A summertime digital campaign will inspire people to get
outdoors and spend more time in nature. By submitting scenic photos of nature,
participants can enter to win a Toyota Prius  v. To learn more, visit 
www.exitthehighway.com.

"Because of Toyota's support, conservationists across the U.S. are incubating
new approaches to creating healthier communities," said  David Yarnold, Audubon
President. "Toyota TogetherGreen has helped jumpstart great programs, leaders,
and ideas by providing funding, professional development, and a support network
to scale conservation work for even more significant results."  

"At Toyota, our commitment to the environment is built into everything we do so
we are thrilled to support Toyota TogetherGreen for its sixth year," said 
Patricia Salas Pineda, Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and the
Toyota  USA  Foundation.  "By engaging diverse communities and supporting
emerging leaders in conservation action, Toyota TogetherGreen is playing a vital
role in helping the environmental movement reach its full potential and achieve
its most important goals."  

Audubon and Toyota created the Toyota TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 through a
 $20 million  grant from Toyota. The program has expanded the scope and reach of
Audubon's conservation action nationwide with impressive results-15 million
gallons of water conserved, 188,931 native trees and plants planted, 17,357
acres restored or conserved and more than 1,000 tons of recyclables collected.
Funding recipients have multiplied their impact by translating their dollars
into  $7.2 million  in matching funds and  $8.8 million  worth of volunteer
time.

The deadline to apply for a Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship or Innovation Grant
is  11:59 p.m. PDT  on  June 7, 2013. Visit  www.togethergreen.org/fellows  and 
www.togethergreen.org/grants  respectively for application guidelines, selection
criteria, eligibility, benefits, and online applications for both programs.

ABOUT AUDUBON
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the
environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature
centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions
of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore
the natural world. (www.audubon.org).

ABOUT TOYOTA
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in  the United States  in 1957 and
currently operates 10 manufacturing plants.  Toyota directly employs over 31,000
in  the United States  and its investment here is currently valued at more than 
$19.5 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and
development, financial services and design.  

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where
it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable
results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on
education, the environment and safety. To date, Toyota has contributed nearly 
$700 million  to philanthropic programs in the United States.   

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide,
visit  http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.  

Contacts:  
Brenda Timm  (Audubon)
212-979-3198/  btimm@audubon.org

Luis Rosero  (Toyota)
212-715-7493/  Luis_Rosero@toyota.com

SOURCE  National Audubon Society

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