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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:

NBCUniversal Events - 2014

NBCUniversal Events - 2014

NBCUniversal Events - 2014

NBCUniversal Events - 2014

NBCUniversal Events - 2014

NBCUniversal Events - 2014

NBCUniversal Events - 2014

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!


How Does Turning Off Lights Help the Environment?

This Earth Week, we’re asking you to turn off your lights while you watch TV or use mobile devices. But you might be wondering whether such a small action can really help the environment.

We can assure you that it can, and we’ve put together a quick video and an infographic to show you how.

So watch and read on—with your lights off!

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Tell us how many lights you’ll be turning off during Earth Week for a chance to win a 60-inch, energy-efficient, smart TV or a Green is Universal prize pack!


Watch Green-Themed Shows on NBCUniversal’s Networks

Building on our commitment to sustainability across NBCUniversal, Green is Universal will celebrate Earth Week with a slate of environmentally-themed events, programming, and public awareness initiatives. Our on-air and digital properties will incorporate environmental education and themes in content including:

Access Hollywood, Access Hollywood Live and Access Hollywood Weekend Show will feature green segments on eco-conscious celebrities and their lifestyles, as well as a The More You Know environmental behind- the-scenes story.

Bravo will air programming with green themes from the Real Housewives of Orange County, Million Dollar Listing, and Watch What Happens Live during Earth Week.

Chiller will run a slate of movies that take place in the dark to celebrate our Earth Week theme “Lights Off. Screens On.” including: The Whisperer in the Darkness on 4/21 at 8PM, Shadow at 10:30PM, Nightwolf on 4/22 at 8PM, Tower Block at 10PM, Night of the Living Dead on 4/23 at 8PM, Doghouse at 10PM, Little Monsters on 4/24 at 8PM, The Signal at 10PM, “Hidden” on 4/25 at 8PM, Vanishing on 7th Street at 10PM, and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant on 4/26 at 9PM.

CLOO will run episodes of Monk and MacGyver with environmental themes, as well as the film Against the Dark.

CNBC will feature green investment and business themes on Closing Bell, Street Signs, Squawk Box, Squawk on the Street, Power Lunch and Mad Money.

E! will run green-themed celebrity stories in E! News including fashion and healthy living features.

Fandango will feature the Best Green Movies photo gallery on their site.

Golf Channel will have multiple guests on Golf Central and Morning Drive to discuss the environment, as well as including green golfing tips in their instructional shows.

iVillage will be engaging their audience around food, health, and beauty featuring environmental content throughout Earth Week.

LX TV will run a special eco episode of Open House in shows on 4/26 and 4/27.

MSNBC’s NewsNation with Tamron Hall and Melissa Harris Perry will explore environmental injustice and impact of pollution exposure.

NBC will air programming with environmental themes in two episodes of American Dream Builders on 4/20 and 4/27 featuring eco-contestant Darren Moore and green home renovations.  Additionally, the 4/23 episode of Days of Our Lives and 4/29 episode of About a Boy will include environmental education.

NBC Late Night’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers will include environmental themes in show content.

NBC News will re-air an episode of Ann Curry Reports, entitled “Our Year of Extremes – Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?” in select markets during Earth Week.

NBCUniversal Owned Stations will be participating in Earth Week in a variety of ways, including covering potential stories and events that are relevant to each specific market. The stations’ websites will also will feature green content.

The NBC Sports Group will incorporate green-themed programming throughout Earth Week. NHL Live studio programming will spotlight what select NHL playoff teams are doing to be green. In addition, SportsDash will include green themes all week, ranging from covering the latest sports trends to unearthing green initiatives across sports leagues and properties. In addition, SportsDash will cover NASCAR’s environmental efforts at Richmond International Raceway as well as an environmental service project.

Nightly News will air conservation related segments.

Oxygen will run episodes of The Face on 4/21 and Tori and Dean on 4/23 that include energy conservation themes.

Sprout will promote Earth Week through kid-friendly green information on its daily live The Sunny Side Up Show and with the 4/22 premiere of Tree Fu Tom, an animated series about the amazing adventures of a young boy and an enchanted kingdom called Treetoplis.

Syfy will feature a Earth Week slate of natural disaster movies including: Metal Tornado, Alien Tornado (4/22), Storm War, Annihilation Ba’al : The Strom God, Polar Storm (4/23), Megafault, Ice Twisters,  Swamp Volcano (4/24), and The Day After Tomorrow (4/27).

Telemundo will feature environmental information and tips on recycling as well as green kitchen segments and celebrity stories in Un Nuevo Dia, Al Rojo Vivo, Noticiero Telemundo, Titulares y Mas, Titulares Telemundo, and Ritmo Deportivo.

TODAY will air a variety of segments throughout Earth Week on greening your home, when it is worthwhile to buy green, eco- travel resorts, green gadgets, fashions, and more.

UniversalHD will air episodes of Monk including one that explores earth quakes and their environmental impacts.

USA will run a slate of Modern Family episodes with environment themes on Earth Day, 4/22 from 8-10PM.

The Weather Channel® will premiere “Cracked—Running Out of Water: A Special Investigation,” an ongoing series chronicling how American communities are grappling with a looming crisis of depleting water supplies. Airing throughout the week, during live programming, the series begins in drought-stricken Wichita Falls, Texas, which could be the largest American city to run out of water. The Weather Channel will also feature eco-related content on

The More You Knowa new slate of environmentally themed The More You Know public service announcements will run during Earth Week and throughout the year across the networks.  The new spots feature NBCUniversal talent providing their favorite conservation tips including turning off the lights, recycling electronics, eating locally, and conserving energy and water.  Participating talent include:  Allison Sweeney, Ken Jeong, Kellie Giddish, Retta, Erika Christensen, Jim Kramer, Reza Farahan, Meghan Markle, McKenzie Westmore, Chris Hayes, and Fernando and Martha Vargas, among others. To learn more, visit


Celebrate Earth Week at Universal Orlando and Hollywood!

We’re celebrating Earth Week with two exciting events at our theme parks!

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Universal Orlando will be hosting the “Earth Week Recharge Experience.” On Earth Day, April 22, from 1-6 p.m., you can play in our kinetic energy playground! A giant hamster wheel, seesaws, and other equipment will harness your energy to help power the event. Power up your devices in our relaxing solar recharge lounge, and have a “Lights Off. Screens On.” photo taken, so it looks like you’re on the set of an NBCUniversal TV show! Plus, there’ll be live entertainment, giveaways, and lots more throughout the day.

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Universal CityWalk Hollywood will hold the “Lights Off. Screens On. Music Fest” on April 25, from 6-10 p.m. McKenzie Westmore from Syfy’s Face Off and mun2’s Liz and Jackie of Reinas de Realty will be your hosts, and DJ Casey Connor will be spinning all night. Power the event on our kinetic dance floor, while moving to performances by Reasons Be and Brightener. Plus, get great giveaways and recharge your devices at our solar charging kiosks. Learn more here.


#LightsOffScreensOn Twitter Party

Lights Off. Screens On. Twitter Party

Join us on Earth Day for a Twitter party celebrating Green is Universal’s #LightsOffScreensOn Campaign!

Did you know if we all turn off two lights in our homes for an hour, every day, we’ll save more than five billion kilowatt-hours of electricity nationwide, each year? The amount of coal it takes to produce that much electricity could fill up the Empire State Building almost three times!

From April 21st through April 28th, we’ll be encouraging people to take the #LightsOffScreensOn pledge and go green by going dark–just turn off the lights while watching TV or using mobile devices. During our Earth Day Twitter Party, we’ll be spreading the word about the campaign and sharing other easy tips for saving energy and living greener. We’ll also be giving away green prizes!

Follow @GreenIsUni and use the hashtag #LightsOffScreensOn to join the fun!

SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUEST: Actress Meghan Markle (@MeghanMarkle) from the USA Network hit drama “Suits.” Meghan is also featured in a new The More You Know PSA about the environment!

OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS: WeSpire (@GoWeSpire), Triple Pundit (@TriplePundit), Mommy Greenest (@RachellSarnoff), Climate Mama (@ClimateMama), Green Talk (@GreenTalk), MomsRising (@MomsRising), Yoli’s Green Living (@yoliouiya), Mindful Momma (@MindfulMomma), Green Child Magazine (@GreenChildMag), Green and Clean Mom (@greenmom), Green Moms Collective (@GreenMomsCo), Green Sisterhood (@GreenSisterhood), Creative Green Living (@CreativeCarissa), Mom-Blog (@ginabad), EcoMom Alliance (@ecomomalliance), Flour Sack Mama (@FlourSackMama), and more!

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

RSVP here.

See Official Rules for prize eligibility here.


Earth Week 2014: Lights Off. Screens On.

Lights Off. Screens On.

For Earth Week 2014, we’re asking you to join us in saving energy by watching in the dark.

When you consider that TVs, tablets, laptops, and mobile devices are all illuminated when in use, it begs the question: Why bother with any other lights?

If every household in the United States turned off two light bulbs for one hour every day, we’d save more than five billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, nationwide, each year. The amount of coal it takes to produce that much electricity could fill up the Empire State Building almost three times!

So this Earth Week, go here to pledge how many lights you’ll turn off anytime your screen is on. Then, enter to win an energy-efficient smart TV or a Green is Universal prize pack filled with lots of green goodies.

Plus, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ to stay up-to-date with all our exciting plans!



Green Features at NBCUniversal Broadcast Center


NBCUniversal’s Universal City Broadcast Center opened in February 2014 as the new home for many of our west coast news and television operations. The two-building, 150,000-square-foot headquarters is the new workplace for more than 600 NBCUniversal employees including those at local affiliates KNBC and KVEA, as well as the L.A. bureaus of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo News.

Sustainability and technological innovation was top-of-mind throughout construction of the headquarters. NBCU participated in Southern California Edison’s “Savings by Design” program, which optimizes energy efficiency. Energy conservation and waste reduction processes were integrated during the conception and build out. The following savings have already been achieved, or are expected to be achieved, at the UCBC:

  • 96% of 2,760 total tons of debris generated during the demolition phase were recycled/reused as verified by LA County.
  • Total estimated annual savings include 718,443 lbs of CO2 and $128,404 in energy costs.
  • Between the facility’s two main buildings, it’s estimated the UCBC will save more than 800,000 kWH in electricity per year.
  • Employee recycling programs being implemented in 2014 are expected to result in substantial waste reductions and savings of material resources.

Share a Tree 2013: Help Plant 1 Million Trees!

Share a Tree

Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation have teamed up once again for our annual Share a Tree initiative. Help us plant 1 million trees by December 31!

This year, you can create free photo holiday ecards and share them with your friends and family. Go here to get started. We’ll plant one tree for each ecard created and shared.

In addition, we’ll plant one tree for each tweet sent using #ShareATree, each TREE text sent to 436287, and each click of the “Plant a Tree” button.

Join us at our kickoff Twitter party, on December 4th, at 8 p.m. ET—and happy sharing!

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