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Comcast NBCU Commits to Sustainability with New Telemundo Center

Comcast NBCUniversal works to reduce the environmental footprint of our facilities. Our buildings identify ways to improve efficiency in energy, water consumption and waste reduction through innovative design elements. The Telemundo Center, a new state-of-the-art global headquarters for Telemundo in Miami is one such example, rising to the challenge of building better.

The Telemundo Center’s 500,000 square-foot facility is built on 21 acres with studios for news, sports, entertainment, international and digital media all under a single roof. Moving from Hialeah, Florida, the guiding principle for the new headquarters’ conceptual design plan ensures the adoption of advanced sustainability standards and initiatives.  Among the main business practices promoted at the new facility are waste reduction methods that limit environmental impact and promote sustainability.

Here are some significant green initiatives being implemented throughout the new building:

Energy

  • “Think before you print”: A new digitalization and archiving policy to incentivize less printing and conserve paper, ink and electricity. Secure Printers that employees can access throughout the building also eliminate the need of additional individual printers.
  • Lighting and Energy Saving: The building uses 100% LED light to consume less electricity than incandescent or fluorescent lighting.  Each light can be controlled individually so they can be off when not in use and save additional power usage. Strategically placed skylights also allow for natural light throughout the building.
  • Cafeteria: Non-disposable silverware is provided to all employees. For takeout orders, eco-friendly packaging and cutlery are offered. No plastic utensils, mugs or straws are used. To promote further waste reduction, discounts are offered at the coffee bar for employees that use reusable mugs.

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Water

  • Water refilling stations: No plastic water bottles are sold in the building to eliminate waste. Instead, there are 4 water-refilling stations available on each floor. Each one monitors how many plastic bottles have been saved with every fill at the facility. This effort alone keeps an average of 443 plastic water bottles out of circulation daily which adds up to 115,180 bottles per year. To date, 20,241 plastic bottles of water have been eliminated thanks to these refilling stations alone.

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Waste and Recycling

  • Organic Waste: Establishing a clean desk etiquette, no organic waste is permitted in work areas. All organic waste is collected and disposed of in pantries or the cafeteria.
  • Trash and Recycling Bins: Clearly identified trash and recycle bins are located throughout Telemundo Center near the printing stations and pantries. There are no individual waste baskets in the offices or workstations.
  • Recycling Program: A robust recycling program promotes employee awareness and maximizes engagement on an ongoing basis to inspire habitual practices for employees’ homes and families.

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Transportation

  • Electric Car Charging Stations: There are 10 ChargePoint CT4000 series electric car-charging stations available, at cost, for all employees. Once cars are fully charged, a notification is sent via text/email advising the employee that the car is ready for pick-up.
  • Carpooling and Commuter Services: The Telemundo Center uses the RideFlag app. Employees submit their destination and find ideal carpool matches based on overlapping routes. Giving employees the choice on whom to ride with, the system seamlessly routes the driver to the rider. RideFlag also verifies the carpools, the miles that were driven and CO2 savings.

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Vendors

  • Eco-friendly Vendors: An essential element of Telemundo Center’s efforts is doing business with eco-friendly vendors that prioritize recyclable materials. A prime example is the dry-cleaning company that provides services for employees. They use biodegradable bags and environmentally friendly GreenEarth solvent.

Promoting sustainability is a full-time occupation. To support Telemundo Center’s sustainability initiatives, a dedicated Green Team drives all sustainability efforts within the building. The Green Team ensures implementation, progress and continues to find new ways to protect the environment and the future. The buildings where we work, live and play every day offer great opportunities to make our operations more sustainable, and Comcast NBCUniversal’s newest location at Telemundo Center is fully committed to that effort.

 

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Cool Planet Award Honors NBCUniversal

Today, NBCUniversal was honored with the Cool Planet Award-Media Sector by The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison. According to The Climate Registry, the award “recognizes the valuable contribution of Southern California Edison business customers who demonstrate exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management.”

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The award was given for fifteen energy efficiency projects at Universal Studios from 2014 to 2017. Those projects include LED lighting installation in broadcast studios, LED lighting improvements at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, and retrofitted central plants among others. The projects submitted for the Cool Planet Award are now saving the company approximately 6.2 million kWH annually.

“California continues to demonstrate that carbon emissions can be decoupled from economic growth. The Cool Planet Award recognizes businesses that incorporate sustainability into their long term plans,” said Ann McCabe, Interim Executive Director of The Climate Registry. “The Award recipients demonstrated a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint by working alongside SCE in order to manage their energy use.”

The awards ceremony and luncheon took place at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, CA. For more information, please visit www.theclimateregistry.org

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NBCUniversal Honored for Sustainable Film and Television Productions

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(Clockwise from left: SyFy’s “The Magicians,” NBC’s Superstore, and Universal Pictures’ “Almost Christmas” were among the winners at the 2016 Environmental Media Awards)

NBCUniversal had a record-breaking year at the 26th Annual Environmental Media Awards, further demonstrating its leadership in sustainable production. Thirty of NBCUniversal television and feature film productions were recognized with an EMA Green Seal for progress in sustainable production practices – the most the company has ever received in a single year. This is the second year in a row where NBCUniversal has received the most EMA Green Seals of any producing studio.

Below is a complete list of NBCUniversal productions receiving a 2016 EMA Green Seal:

Universal Pictures: Almost Christmas, Bridget Jones Baby, Fast 8, Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed, Girl Trip, Jason Bourne, Snowman, The Mummy

Focus Features: Book of Henry

Universal Television (NBC): Bates Motel (S4), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S3), Chicago Fire (S4), Chicago Med (S1), Chicago P.D. (S3), Crowded (S1), Grimm (S5), Heartbeat (S1), Hollywood Game Night (S4), Shades of Blue (S2), Superstore (S1), Telenovela (S1), The Good Place (S1), The Path (S1), Truth Be Told (S1), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (S2), and Uncle Buck (S1)

Universal Cable Productions (USA/ SyFy) : Falling Water (S1), The Magicians (S1), Mr. Robot (S2), and Suits (S6)

For more on our sustainable production efforts, check out our infographics to explore how NBCUniversal’s filmmakers and crewmembers are reducing their environmental impact.

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(The award ceremony was hosted by Nicole Richie, a frequent environmental activist | Photo credit to Jason Laveris)

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Global Citizens Festival 2016: Stars Shine in Central Park for Fight to End Poverty

This past weekend more than 60,000 music fans and social activists gathered on the Great Lawn in Central park for the fifth Global Citizen Festival.  MSNBC co-sponsored the event for the third consecutive year, thus continuing a partnership with the forward-thinking organization dedicated to ending global poverty by 2030. The celebratory concert featured public figures, actors, singers and politicians campaigning for a myriad of human rights issues championed by Global Citizen to assist those in need.

Saturday’s show capped off a three-month campaign that took a total of 1.3 million actions, leading to 44 commitments and announcements worth a total of $1.9 billion dollars in pledged donations. Global Citizen said that 199 million people will be impacted by this fundraising. From an environmental perspective, Global Citizen is actively dedicated to protecting the environment and providing clean, safe water and sanitation to communities without those luxuries.

Some of the highlights from the 2016 festival included:

Performances from artists such as Kendrick Lamar, who played hit song “King Kunta” to an enthusiastic crowd:

Businessman and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, who called on young citizens to make sure to vote in the upcoming election:

Chris Martin, creative director of the event and lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, who covered Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” live. He even improvised a verse about Rihanna, the next performer, who was running a bit behind schedule:

There were also some fascinating behind-the-scenes interviews with famous attendees and guests, including Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg:

For more on Global Citizen, visit their website.

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On Thrills and Sustainability, Mr. Robot Delivers

 

Hold on tight. The second season of USA’s Mr. Robot premieres Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c, and it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

A quick review: the show stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer who’s drafted into the secret hacker collective fsociety, led by the enigmatic and mysterious Mr. Robot (Christian Slater). The second season sees the fallout from the group’s major hack of Evil Corp, the show’s behemoth multi-national company. Mr. Robot also stars Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Martin Wallström (Simple Simon), Grace Gummer (The Newsroom), Michael Cristofer (Ray Donovan) and Stephanie Corneliussen (Legends of Tomorrow).

But this show isn’t just racking up industry awards–it’s also picking up nods for its eco-friendly practices on-set. Mr. Robot received an EMA Green Seal for its sustainable production practices on season one. And here are some ways the crew kept things green during filming for season two:

  • Fuel: In order to cut carbon emissions, a special blend of B20 biodiesel was used for generators and trucks.
  • Electricity: The Mr. Robot lighting department used energy-efficient LED lighting, which greatly reduced energy demands.
  • Recycling/Composting: Systems for both recycling and composting were implemented throughout production; season 2 also saw a composting program that traveled to on-location filming.
  • Food: Catering worked with Rock and Wrap It Up! to donate food to members of the NYC community who are food insecure. This also reduced the amount of methane gas that was released into the atmosphere.

Read more about Mr. Robot‘s sustainable practices here, and be sure to tune in to the season two premiere on Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c, on USA.

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