Rounding Out the Waste Cycle: TMMK's On-Site Greenhouse
Our own geodesic dome sits on the lawn of the 508 Utility Building as TMMK’s greenhouse. The greenhouse, called a Growing Dome, is a pre-fabricated unit, measuring 50 feet in diameter and 19 feet tall.
“The greenhouse completes the waste segregation cycle,” said Chuck Martin, a specialist in Facilities Control. “We’ll use the compost we create from cafeteria waste and other biodegradable material as a growing medium in the greenhouse. Bedding plants and vegetables will be grown in the greenhouse year round and eventually will be composted again.”
Although the geodesic design enables the greenhouse to maintain optimum growing temperatures with little or no extra heating or cooling, Facilities Control looks toward future efficiencies by supplementing the current heating process with waste heat
generated from our in plant HVAC system.
Tomatoes and herbs have been started in the greenhouse, and landscape bedding plants will be started in late winter. The greenhouse allows TMMK team members to see (and eat) tangible benefits of their efforts in waste segregation.
At Toyota, every day is Earth Day and the little things add up, especially when almost 43,000 team members across 14 North America manufacturing plants do them. Such efforts have saved nearly $600 million since benchmarking began in 2002. They’ve also resulted in Toyota’s 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.