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Watch How We Powered the Earth Week Parties!

This Earth Week, we kicked off the festivities with two events at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood: At our Power the Earth Week Parties, guests got down to light up a dance floor and powered a movie screen by pedaling stationary bikes. Check out all the action here, and in the photos below:

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“Share” the News about “Share and Tell”!

Are you as excited about “Share and Tell” as we are? Then help us spread the word! Check out our blogger app, below, to:

  • Learn how sharing items reduces waste and helps the environment
  • Take an eco-quiz to find out how green you are
  • Download a PDF explaining seven simple ways to start sharing now
  • Read stories of how sharing helps people get what they need
  • Join our Share and Tells to get items from NBCU channels, shows and celebs!

Bloggers: We’d love for you to share our app! Just copy and paste the appropriate code to add this app to your blog:

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And be sure to follow us on facebook.com/greenisuniversal for all the latest Share and Tell updates!

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Power the Earth Week Parties!

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To kick-off NBCUniversal’s Earth Week, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will host a “Power the Earth Week Party” at their CityWalk locations. The interactive and educational program will encourage guests to generate pedal power from stationary bicycles. That energy will power video screens showing clips from Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s upcoming movie “Planet Ocean.” Narrated by Josh Duhamel and directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, the film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least-known regions of our planet. Throughout the event, guests will be challenged to pedal faster to increase their energy output—with the results being displayed on a meter.

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CityWalk guests will also be encouraged to dance the night away on a special energy floor powered by the dancer’s movements.

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Universal Orlando Resort’s event will take place on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. EDT and Universal Studios Hollywood’s event will take place on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. PDT.

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Earth Week 2013: Sharing Is the New Shopping!

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Why shop when you can share? On April 18, Green is Universal—and many NBCUniversal brands—are joining the sharing economy by kicking off “Share and Tell,” this year’s Earth Week campaign.

We’ve partnered with yerdle, a new online platform that helps you share stuff with your friends. Each of our brands has created a yerdle “Share and Tell” app for their Facebook page around a specific theme of items to exchange. On the apps, you and your friends can give away, get and loan things with each other—thus reducing waste and conserving natural resources. You can also enter to win cool items that our shows and stars are sharing with you.

Here’s a look at who’s participating, their theme and a few (but not all!) of the items they’re sharing:

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Access Hollywood
From our family to yours: a little piece of Hollywood from us to you!
They’re Sharing: Dresses worn by Shaun Robinson, Kit Hoover and Michelle Beadle.

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Bravo
Ever wonder what Bravolebrities would use if they were stranded on a desert island?
They’re Sharing: Bravo’s Bamboo Directors Chair, Set of “Watch What Happens Live” Glasses

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Chiller
Recycle your dead weight and survive a zombie apocalypse.
They’re Sharing: Cow skull and cowboy hat from “Remains”

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CNBC and CNBC Prime
Treasures from our set to your home. Start sharing—you could save a fortune.
They’re Sharing: Black light and magnifying glasses used by fraud expert Curtis Dowling on “Treasure Detectives,” “American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Suckers” framed poster

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What would Ryan Lochte share? Trade your items with fellow fans and enter to win a signed poster from Ryan.
They’re Sharing: “What Would Ryan Lochte Do? prize packs, including a signed poster

Jay Leno Mug

Green is Universal
One person’s stuff is another person’s story.
We’re Sharing: Signed “Tonight Show” mugs from Jay Leno; Signed “TODAY” tote bag by Savannah Gutherie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Sara Haines; non-electric espresso machine; scooter; bamboo mini speaker; NBC peacock pillow

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iVillage
Share eco-friendly items with your friends and encourage them to do the same.
They’re Sharing: Honest Company Outdoor Fun Kit

Music Prize Pack

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
I love “Late Night“ swap!
They’re Sharing: Music prize pack, including signed drumsticks from Questlove and a LNJF guitar pick

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MSNBC
Share your favorite books in the spirit of recycling good literature.
They’re Sharing: Signed books from anchors Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Melissa Harris-Perry and Mika Brzezinski

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Keep the party going by sharing and swapping items with your friends!
They’re Sharing: Larry Hernandez’s Bobblehead, Guad’s polo shirt worn during the 2012 Olimpico segments

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Oxygen
Join our swap—you may even find the perfect outfit for your next hot date.
They’re Sharing: “Bad Girls Club” nail prints and necklace

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Sprout
Sprout is celebrating Earth Day with a garden swap party!
They’re Sharing: Nature-themed prop from “The Chica Show,” “Tree Fu Tom” gift pack

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Revamp Your Closet: Share your clothing, shoes, and accessories!
They’re Sharing: Cowboy hats worn by “Big Rich Texas” stars, yoga clothes worn by Tia and Tamara Mowry.

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Syfy
We have all the technology of the past that you might need/want.
They’re Sharing: iPad, Syfy radios, Flip Cam

EMERGENCY CAR KIT

The Weather Channel
Whether it’s a flashlight, or a first aid kit, help your friends be prepared for severe weather.
They’re Sharing: Emergency Car Care Kit, Emergency Self-Charging Radio with Light.

Psych Pack

USA
To our character family, USA invites you to share a bit of your past in exchange for someone else’s!
They’re Sharing: Character packs from “Psych,” “Covert Affairs,” “White Collar” and “Royal Pains.”

Be sure to check out their pages, enter to win their items, share your own stuff and get other things back. Sweepstakes run from April 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET through April 29, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET.

Happy Earth Week!

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We’re All in This Together: Giveaway and Official Rules (3/12/13-4/9/13)

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COMPLETE SMALL ACTS, WIN PRIZES!

We all know One Small Act makes it easy, fun and rewarding to make a difference. Now it’s time to give you something more for your efforts. We are kicking off the “We’re All in This Together” giveaway on Tuesday, March 12, 2013! Here’s how it works:

Open the One Small Act app (download it here if you don’t already have it) and complete acts from the “We’re All in This Together” action list by April 9, 2013:

  • Recycle batteries – 15 points
  • Use a coffee cup, water bottle, glassware and flatware at work – 20 points
  • Use less paper at work – 20 points
  • Stop dry cleaning your clothes (or never start) – 30 points
  • Install a shower timer – 5 points
  • Switch to natural baby wipes – 10 points
  • Donate clothes to a charity – 20 points
  • Buy antibiotic- and hormone-free meat regularly – 50 points
  • Drink with a reusable straw – 10 points
  • Sell used goods online – 5 points

If you complete three of the actions, you’ll earn the “We’re All in This Together” badge–and the first 250 people to do so will also win a prize pack consisting of a Green is Universal tote and Planet Ocean DVD, and either a Green is Universal T-shirt, water bottle or pencil kit. (If you’re eligible for the prize pack, we will email you on or around April 9, 2013.)

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But don’t stop there! Do more, ask your friends to join in and share your accomplishments along the way. Just think: If 50 people completed each of the actions above, we will have saved 1,108 pounds of waste from entering landfills, prevented 908 tons of CO2 from being released in the environment, conserved 1,500 gallons of water and saved 316.5 KWh of energy.

Log on. Take action. Ask your friends to do it. We’re all in this together.

Bloggers:
We’d love for you to share our giveaway and the One Small Act app with your communities. Grab a badge below and link it back to this blog post or to the One Small Act app page.

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Link to: http://www.greenisuniversal.com/blog/were-all-in-this-together/were-all-in-this-together-giveaway-and-official-rules/

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Link to: http://www.greenisuniversal.com/play/one-small-act/

Official Rules:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal U.S. residents who are 18 years or older as of March 12, 2013. Commencing on March 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time ET and continuing through April 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET, Green Is Universal (“Sponsor”) will give away up to two hundred fifty (250) packages consisting of a Green is Universal tote and a prize pack, which may include items such as a Planet Ocean DVD, Green Is Universal T-shirt, a water bottle or a pencil kit (“Prize”). Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar Prize (or Prize element) of comparable or greater value. To enter, participants must download the free One Small Act app (http://www.greenisuniversal.com/play/one-small-act/) and complete any three items from the “We’re All In This Together” action list. Limit one (1) Prize per household member. Prizes will only be available while supplies last. Prize redeemable through May 1, 2013. Sponsor’s decision cannot be appealed. The collection and use of personal information collected below will be governed by the Sponsor’s privacy policy, located at http://www.nbc.com/privacy-policy/terms-of-service/. Total Estimated Retail Value for all Prizes, including shipping and handling, $50.00. Actual Retail Value may vary.

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Share a Tree Update: Trees to Be Planted in Florida

In December, we asked you to help us support the Arbor Day Foundation’s goal to plant one million trees by December 31st. With your help, the Share a Tree initiative was a huge success and we met our goal in record time!

Thank you to all who hung a virtual ornament, shared the ornament, tweeted, texted, completed One Small Act actions and checked in on Foursquare. Each of these activities resulted in the Arbor Day Foundation planting a tree until they hit the goal of one million trees.

Curious as to where these one million trees are going to be planted? Here is the latest from the Arbor Day Foundation:

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The Share a Tree Program helped the Arbor Day Foundation plant a million trees all across the United States in our nation’s national forests and state parks. One of the places in which these trees were planted is in Four Creeks State Forest in Florida. Slash Pines are being planted in this forest to help filter water and to provide a habitat for numerous animal species. Not far from Jacksonville, the forest is named for the four waterways that form the headwaters of the Nassau River.  In all, there are more than 50 miles of river and about 10 square miles of estuary in this watershed which are home to  deer, turkey, wild hog, gopher tortoise, wading birds and numerous species of resident and migratory songbirds. The goal, with help from Arbor Day Foundation members and donors, is to help replant 131 acres of damaged areas that are critical to the area watershed and to the animals that dwell in the forest.

Thank you for all of your support in 2012. We look forward to sharing more green projects in 2013!

(Photo via Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

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Shop Green is Universal for Green & Eco-Friendly Gifts

Green is Universal is proud to offer our community an outlet to find products to support more sustainable lifestyle choices at shop.greenisuniversal.com.

Here at Green is Universal, we believe that small changes can make a big difference – not just for yourself, but for the planet. One of the changes we can make is in the products that we choose for our homes, our families and ourselves.

We’ve designed the Green is Universal Shop to aggregate a wide range of products from brands and vendors on the web that support more sustainable and healthier lifestyle choices. You can choose from a wide variety of products in the follow categories:
– organic home decor & accessories
– eco exercise equipment
– recycled products
– organic beverages
– organic beauty products
– eco home cleaning products
– organic clothing

Go here to browse our categories and shop the diverse range of products. When you are ready to choose, you will be taken out of the Green is Universal Shop to make your purchase.

So what are you waiting for? Eco gift giving is a snap! And were you lucky enough to receive a gift card or money for the holidays? There isn’t a better way to spend it than on a sustainable gift!

Green Is Universal does not directly endorse any of the products listed on this website and is not responsible for the products’ quality or the business practices of the online stores.

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Green is Universal & the Arbor Day Foundation Launch Share a Tree 2012

We need you to help plant some trees!

NBCUniversal today announced that it has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to launch the fourth annual “Share a Tree” campaign, which aims to plant one million trees by December 31st. Tree-lovers everywhere can participate by doing one of the following actions:

– hanging a virtual ornament at www.greenisuniversal.com or on Green is Universal’s Facebook page
sharing the virtual ornament via email, twitter or Facebook
– completing one of the 3 “Share a Tree” actions on the One Small Act app
– tweet using the hashtag #ShareaTree
– texting the word “TREE” to 46833
– checking in with Green is Universal on Foursquare

Each of these activities will result in the Arbor Day Foundation planting a tree until they hit the goal of one million trees planted.

“We’re really excited to be partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation again on this great initiative,” said Maggie Kendall, NBCUniversal’s Sr. Director of Marketing & Partnerships, Corporate Social Responsibility. “With just one tweet or click we can help get a million trees planted.”

“The Share a Tree” campaign is part of NBCUniversal’s ongoing environmental initiative, Green is Universal.

Do you want to join in the promotion of this amazing program? Have a blog? Run a website? What about a Pinterest account? Then download (or pin) one of these banners below and link it to http://www.greenisuniversal.com/shareatree/. You’ll be on the Share a Tree team and we’re sure to reach our goal of one million trees in no time!

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“Share a Tree” Twitter Party on Nov. 28

SAVE THE DATE!

Share a TreeWe’re having a party and everyone is invited! Come join us at our SHARE A TREE twitter party and let’s start planting some trees.

DATE: November 28, 2012

TIME: 8 – 9 p.m. ET

HOSTS: Green is Universal (@GreenisUni) & Arbor Day Foundation (@ArborDay)

PANELIST: Practically Green (@PracticallyGrn)

SPECIAL GUESTS: @ecokarenlee, @kimberlypinkson, @EcoWoolworth, @greendivameg, @EnvDefenseFund, @TristinAndTyler, @EileenFisher, @MomsCAF

HASHTAG: #ShareaTree

PARTY LINKS:
Twitter: Tweet Chat or
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Facebook: Fan Chatter

WHAT: Join us for a twitter party celebrating the Green is Universal & the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Share a Tree” project. The party will take place during the 80th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting event on November 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Help spread the joy this holiday season… with trees that will last long after the holidays! Green is Universal (NBC Universal’s sustainability initiative) is supporting the Arbor Day Foundation’s effort to plant 1 million trees by December 31, with your help.

Launching on November 28 at greenisuniversal.com, “Share a Tree” is where you create and hang an ornament on a virtual tree and the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a real tree!

Want to know just what is a Twitter Party? Well here is a great Twitter Party tutorial to get you started. Make sure you follow @GreenisUni on twitter too.

Be sure to RSVP below so we know you will be coming and can make sure we follow you on Twitter too!

 

 





 

 

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Is One Small Act Enough?

Yes! While it may not seem like much to put the empty spaghetti box in the recycling bin or turn off the lights when you leave the room, the impact of your one small act does make a big difference. Really. We’ve asked the experts and here are just a couple of green factoids we found out.

One Small Act #1: Replace old bulbs with CFL bulbs

The Collective Impact: If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars. (Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Star)

One Small Act #2: Pay bills online

The Collective Impact: If every American household used eBills and online bill pay, it could reduce solid waste in U.S. landfills by more than 800,000 tons a year and help curb the release of greenhouse gases by 2.1 million tons. This could also save an estimated 18.5 million trees a year! (Source: Javelin Strategy and Research)

And those are just two good reasons to go green! Want more simple tips on how you can make a big difference? Get the One Small Act app, powered by our friends at Practically Green.

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