Happy 100th birthday to our beautiful National Parks! As of August 25th, the National Park Service has protected and preserved beautiful spaces in this country for a full century. But how much do you really know about our National Park System? Check out these facts from the National Resource Defense Council:
President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation on August 25, 1916 to create the National Park Service to protect our natural spots and “leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”—thanks, President Wilson!
There are more than 460 parks, monuments, and heritage sites included in the Park Service including Yosemite, Denali, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Florida Everglades, and California’s Redwood Forests.
Our National Parks stretch across more than 84 million acres and can be found in twenty-seven different states.
The National Parks drew more than 300 million visitors last year—including hikers, cyclists, day-trippers, families, individuals, school groups, you name it!
More than 20,000 staff members make the National Park Service possible—from the Park Ranger to the Park Mailman, everyone works together to make sure these parks will be with us for centuries to come.
The National Park Service is still adding land to their jurisdiction! Just days ago President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The National Park Service will oversee and share with the public 87,500 acres of Maine’s North Woods that encompass awe-inspiring mountains, forests, and waters of north-central Maine.
To celebrate 100 years of National Parks, the National Park Service has launched a special site called “Find Your Park” to make choosing a park and planning a trip easy and fun: http://findyourpark.com/. Use it today to find the perfect park for you and your family.
In the meantime, if you’re not able to get to a National Park anytime soon, make sure to check out the local parks in your own neighborhood.
See how much Ron Funches and Bridgit Mendler, from NBC’s “Undateable,” love their local parks:
It’s that special time again, when elite athletes from around the world converge on one city for an exciting two weeks of sports. That’s right, it’s time to gather round our screens to watch the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! (Can you tell we’re excited?)
On their #RoadtoRio, members of Team USA stopped by The More You Know to share their words of wisdom. Here, one of our favorite gold medal-winning gymnasts, the talented Aly Raisman, reminds us about an easy way to stay green this summer:
And watch more great tips from other incredible Olympians, like Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian (swimming); Allyson Felix, Emma Coburn and Ashton Eaton (track and field); Kerri Walsh Jennings (volleyball); Adeline Gray (wrestling); David Boudia (diving) and Maya Moore (basketball).
Over the next two weeks, you don’t have to worry about missing your favorite sport, however niche it may be—NBC has scheduled an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming from Rio. That beats the previous record held by the 2012 London Games by over one thousand hours, and is, according to NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell, “The most comprehensive coverage of any event in sports history.” Do yourself a favor and take advantage.
Additionally, since Rio is only one hour ahead of the east coast, these will be the most live Olympics ever—so you don’t have to delay the excitement.
You can catch all the action Friday, August 5th on NBC at 7 pm, starting with what’s sure to be a truly extraordinary Opening Ceremony. Go to nbcolympics.com for full Olympics details.
Jason Bourne, the fourth movie in Universal Pictures’ blockbuster series, hits theaters today, July 29th. Matt Damon returns as the ex-CIA operative turned agency outsider who’s trying to right the wrongs of his past without destroying himself in the process. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Riz Ahmed (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), and Ato Essandoh (Django Unchained).
Skull Island: Reign of Kong is a fantastical quest to find the legendary beast, himself. On your ride through dark jungles, you’ll fight off jungle predators and hostile tribes.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resortis the newest on-site hotel. Lounge and splash about in the 16,000 square foot pool—the largest pool in the resort hotels—and sleep in one of 1,000 guest rooms, including 83 suites. Order a delicious meal at Amatista Cookhouse (try the mojo-marinated rotisserie chicken) and ride the watertaxi past great views of the waterfalls at the lagoon.
But Universal Orlando Resort isn’t just a fantastic family getaway—it’s also making huge strides to limit its carbon footprint.
Here are just a few ways it stay green:
All excess food is donated to the Second Harvest Foodbank.
19% of the park’s total waste was diverted in 2015.
There are 2,500 recycling locations throughout the parks.
Check out more ways Universal is keeping it green in this handy infographic, and go here to see what other exciting events are happening at the resort:
Hold on tight. The second season of USA’s Mr. Robot premieres Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c, and it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
A quick review: the show stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer who’s drafted into the secret hacker collective fsociety, led by the enigmatic and mysterious Mr. Robot (Christian Slater). The second season sees the fallout from the group’s major hack of Evil Corp, the show’s behemoth multi-national company. Mr. Robot also stars Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Martin Wallström (Simple Simon), Grace Gummer (The Newsroom), Michael Cristofer (Ray Donovan) and Stephanie Corneliussen (Legends of Tomorrow).
But this show isn’t just racking up industry awards–it’s also picking up nods for its eco-friendly practices on-set. Mr. Robot received an EMA Green Seal for its sustainable production practices on season one. And here are some ways the crew kept things green during filming for season two:
Fuel: In order to cut carbon emissions, a special blend of B20 biodiesel was used for generators and trucks.
Electricity: The Mr. Robot lighting department used energy-efficient LED lighting, which greatly reduced energy demands.
Recycling/Composting: Systems for both recycling and composting were implemented throughout production; season 2 also saw a composting program that traveled to on-location filming.
Food: Catering worked with Rock and Wrap It Up! to donate food to members of the NYC community who are food insecure. This also reduced the amount of methane gas that was released into the atmosphere.
Read more about Mr. Robot‘s sustainable practices here, and be sure to tune in to the season two premiere on Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c, on USA.
July 4th is a time to celebrate, and NBC will be doing so in style, along with Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, Pitbull, Sara Bareilles and many others at this year’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, live at 8 pm ET. While you’re preparing for your own party or BBQ, keep these tips in mind to make your holiday a greener one:
Forty percent of food in the U.S. ends up in landfills. Reduce your food waste by saving and freezing leftovers instead of throwing them away.
If you’re grilling, consider using propane instead of charcoal to cut down on your carbon footprint.
Instead of paper or Styrofoam plates, dish up your meal onto reusable or biodegradable plates.
It may be hot, but if all your guests are outdoors, there’s no keep the air conditioner on. Make sure to turn it down or off.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to shut off power strips to cut down on phantom energy.
If you’re tuning in to the fireworks on NBC, save energy by turning off the lights while the TV is on. (And isn’t it better to watch fireworks in the dark?)
Bravo’s Odd Mom Out returns for its second season this Monday, June 20! Joanna Cassidy stars in the breakout scripted series, but did you know she’s also an environmental star? Watch her green PSA for The More You Know campaign:
“Need a few easy ways to save some cash? Adjust your thermostat a few degrees, run your appliances at off-peak hours, and turn off your computer and your light every night. Hey, change is good – the jingling kind especially.” Great ways to save money AND energy!
Check out The More You Know’s environmental playlist for more eco-friendly tips, and don’t miss the Odd Mom Out season two premiere on Monday, June 20th at 10pm ET.
NBC 7 San Diego moved into a new state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly broadcast facility this spring. The owned station’s new home in Kearny Mesa, California has a certified energy-efficient design that minimizes employees’ impact on the environment in subtle-yet-serious ways.
Here are some of the news center’s greenest features:
A 200 KW solar rooftop system and parking lot
A 250 KW natural gas fuel cell that emits low carbon electricity
A new, tightly-controlled efficient HVAC system that conserves electricity
Air-cooled chillers that are capable of using outside cold air to cool computer equipment
LED lighting all throughout the facility, including the news studios
Use of natural light in lieu of electric light by incorporating occupancy and sunlight driven lighting, solatubes and skylights and automatic shades that are light-sensor driven
A low-flow drip system for sprinklers that contains a smart irrigation controller
Low-flow water devices, drought tolerant plants and ground cover.
See for yourself as NBC 7’s Jodi Kodesh takes viewers behind the scenes, and learn more about NBCUniversal’s commitment to sustainable facilities here.