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The buildings where we work, live and play in 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 improve efficiency in energy and water consumption, reduce waste and implement innovative design elements—all to lessen the collective impact of our workplaces on the environment.

The below projects are just a sample of notable works implemented by NBCUniversal Operations & Technology to further the company’s commitment to advancing environmental solutions.

Energy

  • The NBCUniversal real estate portfolio utilizes a utility bill pay system to better manage energy consumption in our theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood, along with our studios and office space at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NBC Sports and Golf Channel.
  • Universal Theme parks have been diligently replacing outdated and inefficient lighting technology with LEDs, including newer lamp designs that can now be utilized in our creative attractions. LED set lighting has also been installed for some of our long term production. Los Angeles studios for NBC4 Southern California, Telemundo, Access Hollywood, and E! News are equipped with nearly 100% LED studio lighting.
  • In June 2017, NBCUniversal launched its own line of LED production lighting products called LightBlade (lightbladeled.com). This comprehensive digital lighting system delivers high quality light using significantly less power, generating less heat and CO2 emissions. LightBlade has been used on film, television, and commercial sets across North America.
  • A number of our facilities also use the latest in lighting efficiencies, including advanced automated controls utilizing sensors that have motion, occupancy, temperature and ambient daylight capabilities connected to dimmable ballasts.
  • Many of our offices, coordinate rideshare programs. Our New York Tristate offices 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 reserves preferred parking for carpooling, hybrid and electric vehicles. Installations of electric vehicle charging stations continue to increase at NBC Sports in Stamford and Universal Studios in Los Angeles, the latter now having more than 95 charging spaces across the Universal City property.
  • Allowing our workforce increased mobility is also beginning to reduce our environmental footprint. Video conferencing and telepresence meeting technology offer a substitute for business travel. These, as well as other virtual office technology solutions, support employees to work remotely, eliminating the emissions created by commuting.
  • NBC7 and Telemundo 20 San Diego operate out of a state-of-the-art, LEED Silver-certified, broadcast facility. Some of the center’s sustainability features include a 200 KW solar rooftop system and parking lot; a 250 KW natural gas fuel cell reducing reliance on the grid; a tightly-controlled efficient HVAC system that conserves electricity; air-cooled chillers with economizers that reduce energy by using outside cold air to cool; smart window shades that prevents additional heating and cooling use; LED lighting in the news studio and throughout the facility, and 19 solar tubes for additional natural indoor lighting.
  • In February 2018, 10 Universal City Plaza, an 800,000 square foot high rise office building located in Los Angeles, achieved LEED Gold with a Performance Score of 65 , an improvement from the building’s previous LEED Silver certification.
  • In 2017 the Universal City property in California was honored by The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison with a “Cool Planet Award” for implementing projects that now save the company 6.2 million kWh annually.

Water

  • Universal Studios uses recycled water when available for landscape irrigation. The nearly 400-acre property also installed storm water treatment devices covering over 80% of the property. These devices 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

  • Universal Studios has a Zero Waste recycling program, helping to significantly reduce the amount of material sent to landfill from corporate & production offices, facility studio operations and production stages. The program provides compost, recycling and landfill receptacles, making it easy to separate food and food-related materials out of the waste stream and keep recyclables clean and dry. Universal Studios Orlando continues to implement a similar robust program.
  • A number of our employee commissaries, including those at Universal City Studios, Dreamworks Animation, and 30 Rock, donate excess food to local hunger relief agencies.