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NBC: Green Highlights

Check out this collection of photos of some green content highlights from the networks of NBC Universal.

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30 Rock: Green Highlights

Check out this collection of photos of some green content highlights on NBC’s 30 Rock.

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30 Rock: Green Highlights

Check out this collection of photos of some green content highlights on NBC’s 30 Rock.

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Volunteering

NBC Universal’s commitment to bettering the environment starts in our own communities. Through active engagements both domestically and internationally, NBC Universal Volunteers make a significant impact in the areas of education, community development and the environment.

Earth Week 2010
For Earth Week 2010, employees in New York and Los Angeles, as well as Toronto, Sweden, and London, volunteered their time beautifying and restoring parks and recycling books and clothing.

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, more than 100 NBC Universal New York employees gathered to beautify an area of Central Park in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy. The volunteer project involved scraping and repainting over 300 feet of benches.

Across the country in Los Angeles, more than 60 volunteers helped further NBCU’s commitment to restoring Aberdeen Canyon in Griffith Park. NBC Universal announced a $10,000 grant to Los Angeles Conservation Corps to support year-round maintenance of the area.

In the UK, hundreds of London-based employees got involved in Earth Week by recycling books, CDs, DVDs, and clothes at three Green Drop & Swap events. A smaller group of employees spent Earth Day volunteering at the London Wetlands & Wildfowl Trust where they helped to beautify the bird sanctuary and clean-up the grounds.

 

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The Story of Stuff

By Nicole Walters, GreenisUniversal.com

Have you ever been to your grandmother’s house and seen kitchen appliances that she bought in the 50s that are still kicking?  And what’s more, they don’t seem like they are going anywhere too quickly.  After I bought my own home a few years ago and started buying newer versions of these appliances I couldn’t help but notice the difference between what I was buying and what I had seen growing up with Grandma.  I kind of assumed that since my products had been outsourced to developing countries so that I could buy them cheaper, that was the reason and left it at that.

Well, Annie Leonard couldn’t leave it at that. She has spent the last 10 years researching the materials economy – the life cycle of all of our stuff – and created this short web-based documentary.  If you’ve got the 20 minutes, it’s a fountain of real eye opening information.

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Say it Paper Free

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Our friends at Sprig created these awesome Holiday eCards so you can send your Holiday wishes in true green style.

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What’s the Hex Code for Green?

By Dana J. Robinson, NBC Universal

If you don’t know what a hex code is, don’t sweat it – there are plenty of other ways for you to go green online! There are tons of ways to be proactive about saving the environment conveniently located on the web, which means you don’t have to leave the house to participate. (Added bonus: you’re also reducing your carbon footprint by not driving anywhere…win/win!)

My Baby Treehttp://www.mybabytree.org

The Indonesian rain forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, thanks to factors such as the country’s massive rubber and palm oil industries. According to the site, forest the size of 6 football fields is destroyed illegally. People and animals, both in Borneo and around the world, need these forests in order to thrive. For a small donation, you can pay for a new tree to be planted…but it doesn’t end there! You get to watch your tree grow up right before your eyes (and from the comfort of that sofa you’re probably still on… ahem!)

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Green Screens Recycling Event Coming to NYC, Volunteers Needed

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On America Recycles Day, help clean up NYC and make electronics waste history!

NBC Universal and the City of New York are teaming up to create “Green
Screens
“, a FREE two-day Electronics Recycling Collection in all five
boroughs!

Saturday and Sunday, November 15 – 16 from 8 am to 2 pm, bring your unwanted computers, TVs, cell phones, radios,
cameras, VCRs and other electronics for drop off at any of the locations
listed after the jump.

We need YOU! Please volunteer to help make this event a success.

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Green Stocking Stuffers: From Small Green Companies

Whose eyes don’t light up at the sight of a stuffed stocking on Christmas morning? So this year, why not power that delight with green, eco-friendly gifts that are sure to bring smiles of glee. There are many small green items from small eco-business that need our support this holiday season. I’ll play Santa and suggest my Green stocking stuffer list for all ages:

Pharmacopia: Lavender Hand Cream (all natural and organic) with yummy shea butter. The 1.7 oz size fits perfectly in your purse, desk, backpack or car so you can re-apply throughout the day.

To-Go Ware: Organic Bamboo Utensil Set, a fork, knife, spoon and chop sticks wrapped in a holder that ties closed, travels easily, and is a genius way to avoid using plastic utensils when eating on the run.

Ecolips: Tis the season to protect your pucker…Ecolips provides a wide variety of certified organic lip balm. Try their new Pure & Simple line, a 99% organic lip balm that is completely edible in Grape, Coconut and Kiwi-Strawberry. Plus cool accessories such as an Eco Clip (a carabiner clip), an Eco Leash (a neoprene balm holder), an Eco Key Ring (a rubber overcap with key ring) and an Eco Lanyard (a lip balm necklace).

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Text for Trees!

Green is Universal is proud to announce that this year’s broadcast of the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special will include a tree planting promotion in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant up to 1 million trees.

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Throughout the month of December, viewers can text the word “TREE” to 46833. For every text message we receive, the Arbor Day Foundation, through the help of their sponsors, will plant a tree in our nation’s depleted forests – up to 1 million trees.

Don’t have a cell phone? Don’t want to text? No problem! Simply go to arborday.org/nbc to send an e-card to your friends. Every e-card sent will add to our total. Help us reach our 1 million tree goal and spread the message!

To learn more about the energy saving practices Tishman Speyer has put into place to “green” the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, read this blog.

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