Awards and Recognition
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Recognition for our Water Leadership
In 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized The Toro Company with a WaterSense® Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year. This prestigious award recognizes companies that demonstrate a commitment to promoting water efficiency and reducing waste through education and developing products that are independently certified to use less water.
Since 2006, The Toro Company and more than 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers and businesses save more than 4.4 trillion gallons of water – enough water to supply all U.S. households for six months. WaterSense-labeled products and homes have also helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 522.9 billion kilowatt hours – enough to power more than 47.7 million U.S. homes for a year and save more than $87 billion in water and energy bills. To learn more, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
“Sustaining our natural resources is a key focus in the work we do and the products we bring to market,” says John McPhee, general manager, Toro Irrigation and Lighting Businesses. “We are proud to partner with the EPA to take measurable action to conserve our water resources.”
Recycling Demand Champion
With a continued commitment to sustainability, The Toro Company was pleased to be recognized as a 2020 Recycling Demand Champion by The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). The APR program, which is designed to expand market demand for recycled plastics, generated more than 175 million pounds, or 87,500 tons, of new demand for post-consumer resin in its third year.
According to APR, this level of demand increase over prior years has resulted in major economic and environmental benefits. This includes preventing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 45,494 passenger vehicles driven for one year, creating 2,000 jobs in plastics recycling, and providing a new life for a years’ worth of all the plastic recyclables from a city the size of Chicago, IL, (2,695,598 population).
Channel Partner Awards
We were honored in fiscal 2020 to be awarded the Supplier Partner of the Year by The Home Depot for their Indoor Garden Division, as well as being named the Innovation Partner of the Year by Tractor Supply Company. Both recognitions speak to our shared commitment to overall success and excellence in delivering innovative and quality products to meet the needs of our customers.
Toro Urban Park Innovation Award
Established in 2017, the Toro Urban Park Innovation Award recognizes innovation in park management and practices. The 2019 award honored the La Lomita Park project, a unique collaboration between Denver’s Parks and Recreation and Public Works agencies. La Lomita is a pilot effort for Denver’s new Green Infrastructure Implementation Strategy, which highlights opportunities to implement green infrastructure in Denver parks. The funds from the award will transform the park into a learning lab by supporting interpretive signage and environmental education.
Each year, The Toro Company honors employees or teams for outstanding achievements and pride in excellence. The Circle of Excellence award was created to recognize employees whose performance, dedication and contribution go beyond The Toro Company’s standard of performance. Employees who obtain new patents on behalf of the company are recognized at our annual Patent Awards. In addition, employees who demonstrate exceptional commitment to volunteerism are recognized by our annual Everyday Hero and Hands of Hope awards.
Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
In partnership with the Wyland Foundation, The Toro Company co-sponsors the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. In August 2020, residents from thousands of U.S. cities took part in the month-long campaign, which promotes water resource resiliency and water quality. Mayors from 37 states vied to see which city could be the nation’s most “water wise.” Ultimately, residents made 272,373 pledges to change behaviors ranging from fixing home leaks to reducing water pollution. Even amid the unpredictable impacts of the health crisis, many cities still put a priority on water conservation and the importance of protecting our water systems and natural resources.