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TV Production

Universal Television (UTV) and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) are committed to reducing the environmental impact from production activities. To assist in this effort, NBCUniversal developed a Sustainable Production Program which empowers our TV divisions to integrate sustainable best practices across their productions.

At the foundation of the program are easy to use infographics which illustrate sustainable production best practices. These practices span across all production operations and equip filmmakers and crewmembers with the tools to take action and reduce impact. To view the infographics and learn more about our sustainability program, click here.

Read on for examples of how our TV crews have integrated environmental action into their everyday work:

Over 60 TV productions take part in the NBCUniversal’s Sustainable Production Program each year, and below are some of the highlights from the past few seasons:

    1. In Chicago, the Fire, Med, and PD production teams worked together to donate leftover catering to local non-profit organizations who serve food to those in need.
    1. In Los Angeles, NBCUniversal has made a concerted effort to increase the use of LED set lighting across its scripted television shows produced on the Universal Studios lot. In 2017, LED set lighting made up an average of 45% of these lighting packages.
    1. Additionally, shows including The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Superstore actively utilized the Television Asset Center, a 160,000 square foot space filled with sets, props, wardrobe, set decoration, construction materials, office supplies, and furniture. The warehouse provides assets from previous productions so that shows can avoid buying and building new.
    1. In New York, the greenery department on The Path reduced water waste by collecting rain in large vats to water the on-screen gardens. Mr. Robot distributed reusable aluminum water bottles to all crew members to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt lowered energy consumption by using LED lighting packages on all stages. The New York construction departments sourced FSC-Certified Meranti plywood, which ensures that the lumber is harvested responsibly and sustainably.
    1. In Atlanta, the Good Girls offices and stages were set up with composting, which kept food waste and other compostable materials out of landfills. They also donated over 1,200 lbs of excess catering to those in need.
    1. In Vancouver, in an effort to lower their carbon footprint, the Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and The Arrangement crews reduced catered beef consumption by two-thirds.. The crews also did a voluntary food drive to raise money for the Vancouver Food Bank. Vancouver productions reduced their waste by instituting comprehensive recycling and composting throughout their operations.

NBCUniversal educates filmmakers and crew members on sustainable best practices with first-of-their-kind, user-friendly infographics. The visual guide covers how to reduce environmental impact through energy efficiency, water conservation, responsible waste management, and sustainable sourcing of materials. In 2017, NBCUniversal made these infographics available to the entire industry and is a contributing partner of