The Sundance Channel’s “Big Ideas for a Small Planet” series received rare access to Lexus’ U.S. headquarters in 2008, and video clips have been posted online. In its quest to find eco-friendly businesses, the program looked at Lexus’ environmental commitment as reflected in its headquarters, hybrid drive lineup, and future planning. For those enthusiasts interested in seeing where Lexus conducts its U.S. operations (which are not open to the public), the program shows a modern, eco-friendly, stylish environment (pictured with the 2007 GS 450h above), not unlike that of many Lexus dealerships. The complex in Torrance, California has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, an indication of its efficient design.
The Sundance program also touched on Lexus Hybrid Drive’s philosophy and noted plans for a 95% recyclable future Lexus car (discussed before the HS 250h came out, which according to Lexus is 85% recyclable, including the batteries). The environmental issue is definitely a complex and vital one, with future technological advancements certain to play a central role.
Two video clips are available after the jump.
Please note that these clips may not be playable depending on region. On the Sundance website, they are listed under “Big Ideas for a Small Planet”, clips 4 and 5. The first clip shows the headquarters:
The second clip discusses Lexus Hybrid Drive:
[Source: Sundance Channel]