January 2017 | Business View Magazine

70 71 TOTO’s industry-leading 1G toilets with Tornado Flush™ technology offer substantial water savings while maintaining our renowned performance. SAVE 35% * MORE WATER WITH A 1G ® TOILET TOTOUSA.COM | 800-350-TOTO Product Shown: Promenade ® II 1G ® One-Piece *vs. a 1.6 gpf toilet Atlanta, Georgia TOTO’s Commitment toSustainability At TOTO, PeoplePlanetWater is a core fundamental and part of our daily lives. We understand that a clean environment directly impacts people’s quality of life, so we strive to ensure that everything we do benefits people, protects the environment and respects water. Many of our products exceed the EPA standards for water efficiency and performance criteria. Toilets are available with our 1G Tornado Flush technolo- gy that uses just one gallon of water to effectively clean the bowl—that’s 35 percent less water than a standard toilet. Our Aero Showers use air-injec- tion technology to provide a rich, satisfying shower experience while using 2.0 gpm or less. And in the commercial space, our sensor-operated EcoPower Faucets and Flush Valves save energy by using wa- ter instead of electricity to operate. In addition to product innovation, TOTO leads the sustainability charge with earth-friendly manu- facturing processes and materials. Recently, we’ve partnered with Georgia Power to move towards our goal of converting our Morrow facility to 100 percent solar energy. From repurposing our rejected fired por- celain into floor tiles and brick to our use of soy-based hydraulic oil in our forklifts, we’re doing our part to help ensure a healthier planet for future generations. Find more information on our sustainability efforts and Life Cycle Assessments at www.totousa.com. www.totousa.com Benfield, Atlanta’s former Director of Sustain- ability, was chosen to direct the city’s program. “There are four deliverables that Rockefeller provides for each selected city,” Benfield ex- plains. “The first is that they select and pay for a chief resilience officer in each of the cities, so I’m going to be in charge of spearheading the program in the City of Atlanta. Then, they pay for a consultant to draft a chief resilience plan; they provide in-kind resources in the form of strategic partners and consulting firms that are available to provide technical support for our work; and finally, they deliver to us a resilience plan. We’re in the early stages of the program, and we’ll kick off our planning, next month.” “In Atlanta, this process is going to involve selecting what stresses we think the city most needs to combat,” Benfield continues. “We’ll probably be looking at aging infrastructure, and also our transportation system is in need of upgrading and expansion. We’ll probably be looking at food deserts and increasing access to fresh, healthy food. And we’ll also look at income inequality and equity infused throughout all of the initiatives we’ll be working on. Once we get the plan in place,we’re going to be identifying specific areas where we can implement initiatives and, hopefully, start seeing some real action to address these problems.” When it comes to implementing programs, Benfield says that Atlanta’s Office of Sustain- ability, which she recently directed, already has