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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 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 some of the amazing work being done by NBCUniversal employees to further the company’s commitment to advancing environmental solutions.

Energy

• The NBCUniversal real estate portfolio recently implemented 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• Universal Theme parks have been diligently replacing outdated and inefficient lighting technology with LEDs, including newer lamp designs that can now be utilized in our creative attractions.
• 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 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.  Installations of Electric Vehicle Charging stations continues to increase at Universal City and NBC Sports in Stamford.
• 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 solutions, support employees to work remotely, eliminating the emissions creating by commuting.
• The new Brokaw News Center was built with a focus on energy efficiency. The Center implemented energy- and cost-saving management controls, which give the facility a technologically advanced infrastructure. When implemented in 2014, there was an estimated annual savings towards operating costs of $78,000 due to the new energy conservation measures.
• NBC7 San Diego moved into a new state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly broadcast facility in spring 2016. The new center’s green features include a 200 KW solar rooftop system and parking lot; a 250 KW natural gas fuel cell that emits low carbon electricity; a new, tightly-controlled efficient HVAC system that conserves electricity; air-cooled chillers that are capable of using outside cold air to cool computer equipment; and LED lighting all throughout the facility, including the news studios.

Water
• Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios in Los Angeles use recycled water when available for landscape maintenance and some of its operations. The 400-acre property has also installed storm water 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
• NBCUniversal employees implemented an updated recycling program at the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles, helping to significantly reduce the amount of material sent to landfill from corporate & production offices, facility 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.

• 30 Rockefeller Plaza currently utilizes a single stream recycling plan which mixes metal, glass, plastic and paper to be sorted off site at a recycling facility.