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A Leader in Sustainability - Toyota of El Cajon

Post Date:02/27/2019 5:30 PM

Date: February 27, 2019

A Leader in Sustainability - Toyota of El Cajon

The City of El Cajon has begun developing a Climate Action Plan, a policy document that will help establish the City’s sustainability strategies. In addition to the City’s efforts, many businesses and residents are already leading the way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community such as Toyota of El Cajon.

When it came time for the Kaminskys to relocate the family-owned Toyota of El Cajon, they wanted a building location and design that would reduce impacts on the environment. After meeting with architects and contractors, the Kaminskys elected to repurpose an old Home Depot store on Arnele Avenue. The new dealership significantly reduced trash that would have otherwise gone to local landfills, as well as energy and water consumption.

In 2009, Toyota of El Cajon achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certificate with a Silver rating for its new dealership. The LEED certification confirmed that the project met the highest environmental building standards to reduce greenhouse gases through energy and water conservation.

Energy Efficiency: The building’s design features reduced the facility’s overall energy use by 26%. The lighting systems also promotes low energy use, heat transmission, and light pollution. In addition, the building features an energy efficient “Cool Roof” and high performance insulation.

Water Conservation: The facility saves over 105,000 gallons of water, or 43% of its total water use, by using low-flow water fixtures.

Recycling: Toyota of El Cajon encourages its associates and customers to recycle by placing blue receptacles throughout the dealership.

Toyota of El Cajon’s commitment to leaving a “green print” on our environment also serves as an example of how others can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

If you or your business is interested in being featured in our sustainable strategies stories, please call us at 619-441-1742, or email For more information about the City’s Climate Action Plan, please visit or to participate in the plan’s development by taking a survey, visit


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