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Earth Week

How Does Turning Off Lights Help the Environment?

This Earth Week, we’re asking you to turn off your lights while you watch TV or use mobile devices. But you might be wondering whether such a small action can really help the environment.

We can assure you that it can, and we’ve put together a quick video and an infographic to show you how.

So watch and read on—with your lights off!

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Tell us how many lights you’ll be turning off during Earth Week for a chance to win a 60-inch, energy-efficient, smart TV or a Green is Universal prize pack!


Watch Green-Themed Shows on NBCUniversal’s Networks

Building on our commitment to sustainability across NBCUniversal, Green is Universal will celebrate Earth Week with a slate of environmentally-themed events, programming, and public awareness initiatives. Our on-air and digital properties will incorporate environmental education and themes in content including:

Access Hollywood, Access Hollywood Live and Access Hollywood Weekend Show will feature green segments on eco-conscious celebrities and their lifestyles, as well as a The More You Know environmental behind- the-scenes story.

Bravo will air programming with green themes from the Real Housewives of Orange County, Million Dollar Listing, and Watch What Happens Live during Earth Week.

Chiller will run a slate of movies that take place in the dark to celebrate our Earth Week theme “Lights Off. Screens On.” including: The Whisperer in the Darkness on 4/21 at 8PM, Shadow at 10:30PM, Nightwolf on 4/22 at 8PM, Tower Block at 10PM, Night of the Living Dead on 4/23 at 8PM, Doghouse at 10PM, Little Monsters on 4/24 at 8PM, The Signal at 10PM, “Hidden” on 4/25 at 8PM, Vanishing on 7th Street at 10PM, and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant on 4/26 at 9PM.

CLOO will run episodes of Monk and MacGyver with environmental themes, as well as the film Against the Dark.

CNBC will feature green investment and business themes on Closing Bell, Street Signs, Squawk Box, Squawk on the Street, Power Lunch and Mad Money.

E! will run green-themed celebrity stories in E! News including fashion and healthy living features.

Fandango will feature the Best Green Movies photo gallery on their site.

Golf Channel will have multiple guests on Golf Central and Morning Drive to discuss the environment, as well as including green golfing tips in their instructional shows.

iVillage will be engaging their audience around food, health, and beauty featuring environmental content throughout Earth Week.

LX TV will run a special eco episode of Open House in shows on 4/26 and 4/27.

MSNBC’s NewsNation with Tamron Hall and Melissa Harris Perry will explore environmental injustice and impact of pollution exposure.

NBC will air programming with environmental themes in two episodes of American Dream Builders on 4/20 and 4/27 featuring eco-contestant Darren Moore and green home renovations.  Additionally, the 4/23 episode of Days of Our Lives and 4/29 episode of About a Boy will include environmental education.

NBC Late Night’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers will include environmental themes in show content.

NBC News will re-air an episode of Ann Curry Reports, entitled “Our Year of Extremes – Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?” in select markets during Earth Week.

NBCUniversal Owned Stations will be participating in Earth Week in a variety of ways, including covering potential stories and events that are relevant to each specific market. The stations’ websites will also will feature green content.

The NBC Sports Group will incorporate green-themed programming throughout Earth Week. NHL Live studio programming will spotlight what select NHL playoff teams are doing to be green. In addition, SportsDash will include green themes all week, ranging from covering the latest sports trends to unearthing green initiatives across sports leagues and properties. In addition, SportsDash will cover NASCAR’s environmental efforts at Richmond International Raceway as well as an environmental service project.

Nightly News will air conservation related segments.

Oxygen will run episodes of The Face on 4/21 and Tori and Dean on 4/23 that include energy conservation themes.

Sprout will promote Earth Week through kid-friendly green information on its daily live The Sunny Side Up Show and with the 4/22 premiere of Tree Fu Tom, an animated series about the amazing adventures of a young boy and an enchanted kingdom called Treetoplis.

Syfy will feature a Earth Week slate of natural disaster movies including: Metal Tornado, Alien Tornado (4/22), Storm War, Annihilation Ba’al : The Strom God, Polar Storm (4/23), Megafault, Ice Twisters,  Swamp Volcano (4/24), and The Day After Tomorrow (4/27).

Telemundo will feature environmental information and tips on recycling as well as green kitchen segments and celebrity stories in Un Nuevo Dia, Al Rojo Vivo, Noticiero Telemundo, Titulares y Mas, Titulares Telemundo, and Ritmo Deportivo.

TODAY will air a variety of segments throughout Earth Week on greening your home, when it is worthwhile to buy green, eco- travel resorts, green gadgets, fashions, and more.

UniversalHD will air episodes of Monk including one that explores earth quakes and their environmental impacts.

USA will run a slate of Modern Family episodes with environment themes on Earth Day, 4/22 from 8-10PM.

The Weather Channel® will premiere “Cracked—Running Out of Water: A Special Investigation,” an ongoing series chronicling how American communities are grappling with a looming crisis of depleting water supplies. Airing throughout the week, during live programming, the series begins in drought-stricken Wichita Falls, Texas, which could be the largest American city to run out of water. The Weather Channel will also feature eco-related content on

The More You Knowa new slate of environmentally themed The More You Know public service announcements will run during Earth Week and throughout the year across the networks.  The new spots feature NBCUniversal talent providing their favorite conservation tips including turning off the lights, recycling electronics, eating locally, and conserving energy and water.  Participating talent include:  Allison Sweeney, Ken Jeong, Kellie Giddish, Retta, Erika Christensen, Jim Kramer, Reza Farahan, Meghan Markle, McKenzie Westmore, Chris Hayes, and Fernando and Martha Vargas, among others. To learn more, visit


Celebrate Earth Week at Universal Orlando and Hollywood!

We’re celebrating Earth Week with two exciting events at our theme parks!

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Universal Orlando will be hosting the “Earth Week Recharge Experience.” On Earth Day, April 22, from 1-6 p.m., you can play in our kinetic energy playground! A giant hamster wheel, seesaws, and other equipment will harness your energy to help power the event. Power up your devices in our relaxing solar recharge lounge, and have a “Lights Off. Screens On.” photo taken, so it looks like you’re on the set of an NBCUniversal TV show! Plus, there’ll be live entertainment, giveaways, and lots more throughout the day.

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Universal CityWalk Hollywood will hold the “Lights Off. Screens On. Music Fest” on April 25, from 6-10 p.m. McKenzie Westmore from Syfy’s Face Off and mun2’s Liz and Jackie of Reinas de Realty will be your hosts, and DJ Casey Connor will be spinning all night. Power the event on our kinetic dance floor, while moving to performances by Reasons Be and Brightener. Plus, get great giveaways and recharge your devices at our solar charging kiosks. Learn more here.


#LightsOffScreensOn Twitter Party

Lights Off. Screens On. Twitter Party

Join us on Earth Day for a Twitter party celebrating Green is Universal’s #LightsOffScreensOn Campaign!

Did you know if we all turn off two lights in our homes for an hour, every day, we’ll save more than five billion kilowatt-hours of electricity nationwide, each year? The amount of coal it takes to produce that much electricity could fill up the Empire State Building almost three times!

From April 21st through April 28th, we’ll be encouraging people to take the #LightsOffScreensOn pledge and go green by going dark–just turn off the lights while watching TV or using mobile devices. During our Earth Day Twitter Party, we’ll be spreading the word about the campaign and sharing other easy tips for saving energy and living greener. We’ll also be giving away green prizes!

Follow @GreenIsUni and use the hashtag #LightsOffScreensOn to join the fun!

SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUEST: Actress Meghan Markle (@MeghanMarkle) from the USA Network hit drama “Suits.” Meghan is also featured in a new The More You Know PSA about the environment!

OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS: WeSpire (@GoWeSpire), Triple Pundit (@TriplePundit), Mommy Greenest (@RachellSarnoff), Climate Mama (@ClimateMama), Green Talk (@GreenTalk), MomsRising (@MomsRising), Yoli’s Green Living (@yoliouiya), Mindful Momma (@MindfulMomma), Green Child Magazine (@GreenChildMag), Green and Clean Mom (@greenmom), Green Moms Collective (@GreenMomsCo), Green Sisterhood (@GreenSisterhood), Creative Green Living (@CreativeCarissa), Mom-Blog (@ginabad), EcoMom Alliance (@ecomomalliance), Flour Sack Mama (@FlourSackMama), and more!

WHERE: Anyone can join in by following the hashtag #LightsOffScreensOn on Twitter or on one of these platforms made specially for joining and chatting in a Twitter Party: TweetChat ( or Twubs chat room (

RSVP here.

See Official Rules for prize eligibility here.


Earth Week 2014: Lights Off. Screens On.

Lights Off. Screens On.

For Earth Week 2014, we’re asking you to join us in saving energy by watching in the dark.

When you consider that TVs, tablets, laptops, and mobile devices are all illuminated when in use, it begs the question: Why bother with any other lights?

If every household in the United States turned off two light bulbs for one hour every day, we’d save more than five billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, nationwide, each year. The amount of coal it takes to produce that much electricity could fill up the Empire State Building almost three times!

So this Earth Week, go here to pledge how many lights you’ll turn off anytime your screen is on. Then, enter to win an energy-efficient smart TV or a Green is Universal prize pack filled with lots of green goodies.

Plus, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ to stay up-to-date with all our exciting plans!



Why Shop When You Can Share?

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This Earth Week, NBCUniversal joined the sharing economy, by partnering with yerdle, a new online platform, that helps you share stuff with friends. By giving away or loaning items you have, but rarely (or never) use, you’re reducing waste and conserving natural resources. Plus, you can nab items, from other people, for free! Many of our brands shared with you items from their sets and stars—see some of them here!

Even though Earth Week has come to a close, that’s no reason to stop sharing. Keep giving and getting items on yerdle, and check out other innovative companies that are stars in the sharing economy, here.

Plus, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest green news!


Watch How We Powered the Earth Week Parties!

This Earth Week, we kicked off the festivities with two events at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood: At our Power the Earth Week Parties, guests got down to light up a dance floor and powered a movie screen by pedaling stationary bikes. Check out all the action here, and in the photos below:












“Share” the News about “Share and Tell”!

Are you as excited about “Share and Tell” as we are? Then help us spread the word! Check out our blogger app, below, to:

  • Learn how sharing items reduces waste and helps the environment
  • Take an eco-quiz to find out how green you are
  • Download a PDF explaining seven simple ways to start sharing now
  • Read stories of how sharing helps people get what they need
  • Join our Share and Tells to get items from NBCU channels, shows and celebs!

Bloggers: We’d love for you to share our app! Just copy and paste the appropriate code to add this app to your blog:


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And be sure to follow us on for all the latest Share and Tell updates!


Power the Earth Week Parties!

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To kick-off NBCUniversal’s Earth Week, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will host a “Power the Earth Week Party” at their CityWalk locations. The interactive and educational program will encourage guests to generate pedal power from stationary bicycles. That energy will power video screens showing clips from Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s upcoming movie “Planet Ocean.” Narrated by Josh Duhamel and directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, the film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least-known regions of our planet. Throughout the event, guests will be challenged to pedal faster to increase their energy output—with the results being displayed on a meter.

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“Planet Ocean”

CityWalk guests will also be encouraged to dance the night away on a special energy floor powered by the dancer’s movements.

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Universal Orlando Resort’s event will take place on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. EDT and Universal Studios Hollywood’s event will take place on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. PDT.


Earth Week 2013: Sharing Is the New Shopping!


Why shop when you can share? On April 18, Green is Universal—and many NBCUniversal brands—are joining the sharing economy by kicking off “Share and Tell,” this year’s Earth Week campaign.

We’ve partnered with yerdle, a new online platform that helps you share stuff with your friends. Each of our brands has created a yerdle “Share and Tell” app for their Facebook page around a specific theme of items to exchange. On the apps, you and your friends can give away, get and loan things with each other—thus reducing waste and conserving natural resources. You can also enter to win cool items that our shows and stars are sharing with you.

Here’s a look at who’s participating, their theme and a few (but not all!) of the items they’re sharing:

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Access Hollywood
From our family to yours: a little piece of Hollywood from us to you!
They’re Sharing: Dresses worn by Shaun Robinson, Kit Hoover and Michelle Beadle.

Director's Chair

Ever wonder what Bravolebrities would use if they were stranded on a desert island?
They’re Sharing: Bravo’s Bamboo Directors Chair, Set of “Watch What Happens Live” Glasses


Recycle your dead weight and survive a zombie apocalypse.
They’re Sharing: Cow skull and cowboy hat from “Remains”

black light

CNBC and CNBC Prime
Treasures from our set to your home. Start sharing—you could save a fortune.
They’re Sharing: Black light and magnifying glasses used by fraud expert Curtis Dowling on “Treasure Detectives,” “American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Suckers” framed poster

what would ryan lochte do?

What would Ryan Lochte share? Trade your items with fellow fans and enter to win a signed poster from Ryan.
They’re Sharing: “What Would Ryan Lochte Do? prize packs, including a signed poster

Jay Leno Mug

Green is Universal
One person’s stuff is another person’s story.
We’re Sharing: Signed “Tonight Show” mugs from Jay Leno; Signed “TODAY” tote bag by Savannah Gutherie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Sara Haines; non-electric espresso machine; scooter; bamboo mini speaker; NBC peacock pillow

honest kit

Share eco-friendly items with your friends and encourage them to do the same.
They’re Sharing: Honest Company Outdoor Fun Kit

Music Prize Pack

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
I love “Late Night“ swap!
They’re Sharing: Music prize pack, including signed drumsticks from Questlove and a LNJF guitar pick


Share your favorite books in the spirit of recycling good literature.
They’re Sharing: Signed books from anchors Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Melissa Harris-Perry and Mika Brzezinski

larry's bobblehead

Keep the party going by sharing and swapping items with your friends!
They’re Sharing: Larry Hernandez’s Bobblehead, Guad’s polo shirt worn during the 2012 Olimpico segments

bad girls club nail art

Join our swap—you may even find the perfect outfit for your next hot date.
They’re Sharing: “Bad Girls Club” nail prints and necklace

chica set prop

Sprout is celebrating Earth Day with a garden swap party!
They’re Sharing: Nature-themed prop from “The Chica Show,” “Tree Fu Tom” gift pack

Big Rich Texas Cowboy Hat

Revamp Your Closet: Share your clothing, shoes, and accessories!
They’re Sharing: Cowboy hats worn by “Big Rich Texas” stars, yoga clothes worn by Tia and Tamara Mowry.


We have all the technology of the past that you might need/want.
They’re Sharing: iPad, Syfy radios, Flip Cam


The Weather Channel
Whether it’s a flashlight, or a first aid kit, help your friends be prepared for severe weather.
They’re Sharing: Emergency Car Care Kit, Emergency Self-Charging Radio with Light.

Psych Pack

To our character family, USA invites you to share a bit of your past in exchange for someone else’s!
They’re Sharing: Character packs from “Psych,” “Covert Affairs,” “White Collar” and “Royal Pains.”

Be sure to check out their pages, enter to win their items, share your own stuff and get other things back. Sweepstakes run from April 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET through April 29, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET.

Happy Earth Week!

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