The buildings where we work every day offer great opportunities to make our operations more sustainable, and NBCUniversal is committed to that effort. We work to reduce the footprint of our facilities by identifying ways to save energy and water, improve efficiencies, reduce waste and implement innovative design elements—all to lessen the collective impact of our workplaces on the environment.
Here are some highlights of our work with facilities and operations:
• The Weather Channel’s HD broadcast facility in Atlanta, Georgia, received Gold LEED® New Construction certification for its many innovative approaches, including the use of heat from studio lights to warm the building.
• Our theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood employ sophisticated energy management systems. They also enlist teams of employees seeking new ways to improve operational efficiencies of existing attractions and venues as well as new construction. For example, at both parks, the Simpsons Ride incorporates new and innovative on-demand hydraulic power systems and energy-efficient lighting systems.
• Universal Studios demonstrates their commitment to alternative energy technologies with a solar array that generates power equivalent to sustaining nearly 1,400 homes a day. They also installed a natural gas fuel cell that supplies both electricity and hot water to food production kitchens.
• Trams at Universal Studios Hollywood are powered by cleaner-burning, more efficient diesel technologies that reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
• A number of our facilities also use the latest in lighting efficiencies, including LED lighting beds, sensor lighting and daylighting design.
• Both our Hartford station, WVIT, and the Weather Channel are utilizing a white roof design that reflects sunlight, reduces heat load and lessens stress on the facilities’ heating and cooling system.
• Our Bay area station, KNTV-NBC 11/KSTS Telemundo, is powered by renewable wind energy.
• Many of our offices coordinate rideshare programs. Our New York Tristate offices also offer an intra-facility shuttle bus service between various New York and New Jersey facilities, reducing the number of individual cars on the road. Several of our facilities reserve preferred parking for carpooling, hybrid and electric vehicles.
• Allowing our workforce to go virtual also reduces our environmental footprint. Video conferencing and telepresence meeting technology offer a substitute for business travel. These as well as other virtual office solutions support employees to work remotely, eliminating the emissions creating by commuting.
• The Weather Channel has implemented a weather-sensitive irrigation system that works with nature to irrigate the landscape. A 75,000-gallon underground retention pond collects and stores rainfall, and pumps out irrigation water only when current rainfall isn’t sufficient. The energy-efficient system also monitors weather conditions for expected precipitation and determines when landscape watering is needed. The Weather Channel keeps its eye on other water uses too, using automatic faucets and flush valves in the restrooms to reduce water consumption.
• Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios use recycled water when available for landscape maintenance and some of its operations. The 400-acre property has also installed stormwater treatment devices covering over 80% of the property. These retain trash and sediment that would otherwise be carried off by runoff, so it can be managed onsite and not discharged to the Los Angeles River.
Waste and recycling
• Both the movie studio and theme park at Universal Studios in Hollywood continued enhancing their various recycling and reuse efforts with a focus of food waste and composting programs. Through its combined recycling efforts, Universal kept 70% of its waste from landfills.