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#NoFoodWasted Twitter Party: April 20, 9 PM ET


Did you know the average person wastes 244 pounds of food each year? That’s roughly the same weight as a refrigerator! Join us this Earth Week as we raise our collective voices to increase awareness about this issue and encourage people to take action to reduce food waste. We’re kicking off the week with a Twitter Party on Monday, April 20, at 9 pm ET. We hope you’ll join us!

Follow the hashtag #NoFoodWasted to learn more about the issue and how to reduce food waste – and share your food waste photos all week on Twitter and Instagram!

Check out the amazing group of panelists we’ll have at the party!

Food Waste Fighters:

And an awesome group of eco-bloggers:



























And the list is still growing! This is going to be a super-fun and educational event, so we hope you’ll join us!

WHEN: Monday, April 20, at 9 pm ET

WHERE: Anyone can join in by following the hashtag #NoFoodWasted on Twitter or on one of these platforms made specially for joining and chatting in a Twitter Party: TweetChat or Twubs.


Participate in Earth Hour!

Australia Canberra Copyright WWF Australia

Imagine if one night a year people in cities, towns, and homes across the entire world would turn off their lights for one hour to celebrate the one thing we all have in common: Earth. Pretty cool concept, huh?

No need to imagine any further; it exists! Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million people and over 2,000 businesses turned off their lights for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Just a few years later Earth Hour has become the largest global sustainability movement—with over 4,000 cities across approximately 162 countries participating. These special 60 minutes enable global citizens to come together and raise awareness about the climate change affecting all of our lives.

Join energy savers around the world on March 28, 2015 from 8:30 to 9:30pm (in your local time zone) and click off the switch. You may celebrate by simply turning off your lights at home at the appointed time, or make an event of it and host an Earth Hour party with friends and family. You might want to stock the house with eco-friendly candles. Or take part in the hundreds of Earth Hour events taking place around the world.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the appointed day. You can make your own Earth Hour daily by turning off lights when you aren’t in the room and by unplugging electronics to prevent phantom energy draw. These energy-saving hours add up; don’t be surprised if you save some cash on your next bill! Learn more and get involved in taking small steps that have a big impact by signing up for One Small Act.

Curious how others celebrate Earth Hour? Check out some of our favorite bloggers’ experiences and recommendations:

  • Living Consciously reminds us to not only turn off our devices, but to also pull the “vampire” charges out of the walls.
  • Groovy Green Livin’ has ideas for how to spend the hour, like having a candlelit dinner or taking a walk.
  • Mommy Greenest admits she often forgets about Earth Hour, but reminds us that you can do your part in honor of Earth Hour any hour (and hopefully many!) during the year.
  • Green4U has a slew of ideas for celebrating – like organizing a block party to spread the word AND get to know your neighbors!
  • Jen and Joey Go Green have great ideas for taking Earth Hour beyond a simple 60 minutes.
  • Green Child Magazine shares how Earth Hour can be a family event.
  • Diane from Turning the Clock Back encourages those who feel going green is too hard to take the first step by simply celebrating Earth Hour.
  • Climate Mama says Earth Hour is a great opportunity to begin your family’s “spring into action” plan, to make our planet a safer and more sustainable place.
  • Laura from The Soft Landing writes about setting a good example for your kids and using Earth Hour to teach them about the importance of protecting the planet.
  • Diana from the Big Green Purse has a bunch of tips for reducing energy use beyond Earth Hour and invites everyone to Join the global #EarthHour #yourpower conversation on Facebook and Twitter by posting photos of how you’re spending the hour. (Make sure your devices are charged up in advance, so you can truly unplug for the event!)

(Photo by © WWF Australia via Earth Hour)


Thanks for Helping Us #ShareATree!

Since 2009, Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation have partnered to give a gift to the environment—with your help. When you #ShareATree, you share a tree planted by the Arbor Day Foundation.

For 2014, we asked talent from our brands to draw trees. Then, we showcased them in a virtual forest, and asked you to share their trees or decorate your own.

Thanks to all of your shares, Green is Universal has donated $25,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation.

The campaign is now over, but check out the trees from our talent:

Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens Live
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Carl Quintanilla, Squawk on the Street
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Jim Cramer, Mad Money
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Sharon Epperson
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Maria Menounos, Untold
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Ross Mathews
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Spike Feresten, Car Matchmaker
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Jose Diaz-Balart, The Rundown

Yarel Ramos, Reventón
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Al Roker, TODAY
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Natalie Morales, TODAY
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Alison Sweeney, The Biggest Loser, Days of Our Lives
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Bob Harper, The Biggest Loser
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Dolvett Quince, The Biggest Loser
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Benjamin Stockham, About a Boy
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Galen Gering, Days of Our Lives
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Kristian Alfonso, Days of Our Lives
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Lauren Koslow, Days of Our Lives
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NBC Sports
Rebecca Lowe
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Deitrick Haddon, Fix My Choir
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Michelle Williams, Fix My Choir
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Kaitlin Becker, The Sunny Side Up Show
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Ian Ziering, Sharknado
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Julie Benz, Defiance
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Vanessa Hauc, Noticiero Telemundo
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The Weather Channel
Sam Champion, America’s Morning Headquarters
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TV Distribution
Meredith Vieira, The Meredith Vieira Show
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Jerry Springer, The Jerry Springer Show
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Maury Povich, The Maury Show
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Steve Wilkos, The Steve Wilkos Show
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Billy Bush, Access Hollywood
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Liz Hernandez, Access Hollywood
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Shaun Robinson, Access Hollywood
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Kit Hoover, Access Hollywood Live
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Mark Feuerstein, Royal Pains
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Enter the Eco Eats Sweepstakes, Win a NatureBox Subscription!

Green is Universal will be hosting a fun, three-week “Eco Eats” sweepstakes from September 29 – October 17!

To join, visit our free green-living tool, One Small Act, and join the “Eco Eats” challenge. Everyone who signs-up and tackles at least one action by October 17th will be entered to win one of five 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox.

Interested? Get started on One Small Act today, and enter the Eco Eats challenge on September 29!* Read official rules here.

*Eco Eats will not be live until September 29.


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Refer Friends to One Small Act, Win Prizes!

OSA goodies

Green is Universal’s free One Small Act platform helps you green your life by providing little actions that have a big impact on the environment.

Right now, we’re giving away green goodies to our One Small Act users who invite friends to join. If you’re not already a user, simply sign up and start referring friends!

  • If one friend joins, you get a Green is Universal t-shirt.
  • If two friends join, you get a glass water bottle.
  • If three friends join, you get an umbrella.

Plus, all your friends will receive a Green is Universal reusable bag!

Start referring your friends, now!

Giveaway runs through November 21, 2014. Prizes will be sent after that. See terms and conditions here.


Thanks for Celebrating Earth Week with Us!

During Earth Week, you answered our call to turn off the lights while watching TV or using mobile devices—we received more than 122,000 pledges in just a few days! Plus, we relaxed and recharged with you in Orlando, and partied together at the Lights Off. Screens On. Music Fest at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

Check out highlights from the week here:

Though Earth Week is over, you can continue to save energy by keeping the lights off when your screens are on.


The “Lights Off. Screens On.” Music Fest

On April 25, Universal CityWalk Hollywood hosted the “Lights Off. Screens On.” Music Fest! Guests powered the event via a light-up, kinetic dance floor, and heard performances by Reasons Be and Brightener. Plus, Liz and Jackie, of mun2′s Reinas de Realty and DJ Casey Connor keep everyone moving and cheering all night long.



mun2′s Liz and Jackie of Reinas de Realty

mun2′s Liz and Jackie of Reinas de Realty

Reasons Be

Reasons Be








Comcast Cares Day 2014: East River Park Cleanup

On April 25, we continued celebrating Earth Week by participating in Comcast Cares Day, one of the country’s largest corporate volunteer events. More than 80,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, friends, and family volunteered at events across the world. Here in New York, we helped revitalize East River Park, with New York Cares, by planting flowers, mulching, weeding, and painting.

George Oliphant, host of NBC’s George to the Rescue, led the event, and Michael Jack, president and general manager of NBC 4 New York, and Telemundo 47’s president and general manager Cristina Schwarz kicked it off.

By the end of the morning, we’d applied 10 cubic yards of mulch and compost, restored one lawn, revitalized five planting beds by removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants, and painted over 1,000 feet of fencing along the FDR highway. Check out some photos from the day:

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NBCUniversal Events - 2014

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NBCUniversal Events - 2014

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NBCUniversal Events - 2014

NBCUniversal Events - 2014


The Earth Week Recharge Experience

On Earth Day, April 22, Universal Orlando hosted the “Earth Week Recharge Experience!” Park guests could visit our kinetic playground and generate energy just by playing on seesaws, a giant hamster wheel and swings. Plus, we had live entertainment, areas to relax and “recharge,” and solar chargers to power up devices. Check out some snapshots from the day:














NBCUniversal Stars Celebrate Earth Week

Our stars are living the green life! Check out the video below and hear from Kari Wuhrer from Syfy’s Sharknado 2, Martin Passocre and Stephanie Szostak from USA’s Discretion, Julie Benz and Grant Bowler from Syfy’s Defiance, David Walton from NBC’s About a Boy, Tim Love from CNBC’s Restaurant Kickstart and the cast of NBC’s The Night Shift. They’re sharing how they go green, year round—and, in keeping with this year’s “Lights Off. Screens On.” theme—what they do when the lights are off.

And don’t forget to pledge how many lights you’ll turn off for Earth Week and enter to win an energy efficient, smart TV!

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