Toyota Motor North America


Georgetown, Kentucky, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Morizukuri 2020
Awareness & Community Engagement
About the Program
PEMC’s Toyota Motor North American Production & Manufacturing Center is located several miles north of Lexington, Kentucky. In 2020, the PEMC Team led an educational project that trained employees on the benefits of trees, and how to plant them correctly. Through this project, they sought to help their employees better understand the Dr. Miyakawa method for Morizukuri – creating a forest – while also bringing biodiversity and wildlife to the campus.

Practices and Impacts
  • Morizukuri means “creating a forest” in Japanese. As a worldwide sponsor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Toyota has requested all their sites to participate in the celebration of Morizukuri. The PEMC facility’s educational tree planting project was part of the global Morizukuri events.
  • 15 PEMC employees planted more than 2,000 trees, representing 24 different native Kentucky tree species. Species planted included shagbark hickory, Kentucky coffeetree, American hornbeam, northern red oak, and many more.
  • Employees were trained on the benefits of trees for clean air, slowing climate change, reducing stormwater runoff pollution, and more. They then learned the Dr. Miyakawa method for properly planting trees, which promotes tree growth in height versus width.
  • A post-event survey documented employee’s appreciation of the project, many of which confirmed they were pleased with the educational aspect of the tree planting activity and that they felt more informed about Morizukuri and tree plantings. They also felt significantly more likely about participating in future Morizukuri at home and in their community in the future.
  • Many partners contributed to the success of the project. Most notably, Davey Institute and Davey Tree Expert Company assisted with designing the project, digging the holes, and setting up the planting event. Davey employees also helped in providing the educational component of the project, and assisted staff in properly planting the trees according to Dr. Miyakawa’s method.