Facilities

The buildings where we work every day offer great opportunities to make our operations more sustainable, and NBCUniversal is committed to that effort. We work to reduce the footprint of our facilities by identifying ways to save energy and water, improve efficiencies, reduce waste and implement innovative design elements—all to lessen the collective impact of our workplaces on the environment.

Here are some highlights of our work with facilities and operations:

Energy

  • The Weather Channel’s HD broadcast facility in Atlanta, Georgia, received Gold LEED® New Construction certification for its many innovative approaches, including the use of heat from studio lights to warm the building.
  • Our theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood employ sophisticated energy management systems. They also enlist teams of employees seeking new ways to improve operational efficiencies of existing attractions and venues as well as new construction. For example, at both parks, the Simpsons Ride incorporates new and innovative on-demand hydraulic power systems and energy-efficient lighting systems.
  • Universal Studios demonstrates their commitment to alternative energy technologies with a solar array that generates power equivalent to sustaining nearly 1,400 homes a day. They also installed a natural gas fuel cell that supplies both electricity and hot water to food production kitchens.
  • Trams at Universal Studios Hollywood are powered by cleaner-burning, more efficient diesel technologies that reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A number of our facilities also use the latest in lighting efficiencies, including LED lighting beds, sensor lighting and daylighting design.
  • Both our Hartford station, WVIT, and the Weather Channel are utilizing a white roof design that reflects sunlight, reduces heat load and lessens stress on the facilities’ heating and cooling system.
  • Our Bay area station, KNTV-NBC 11/KSTS Telemundo, is powered by renewable wind energy.
  • Many of our offices coordinate rideshare programs. Our New York Tristate offices also offer an intra-facility shuttle bus service between various New York and New Jersey facilities, reducing the number of individual cars on the road. Several of our facilities reserve preferred parking for carpooling, hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Allowing our workforce to go virtual also reduces our environmental footprint. Video conferencing and telepresence meeting technology offer a substitute for business travel. These as well as other virtual office solutions support employees to work remotely, eliminating the emissions creating by commuting.

Water

  • The Weather Channel has implemented a weather-sensitive irrigation system that works with nature to irrigate the landscape. A 75,000-gallon underground retention pond collects and stores rainfall, and pumps out irrigation water only when current rainfall isn’t sufficient. The energy-efficient system also monitors weather conditions for expected precipitation and determines when landscape watering is needed. The Weather Channel keeps its eye on other water uses too, using automatic faucets and flush valves in the restrooms to reduce water consumption.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios use recycled water when available for landscape maintenance and some of its operations. The 400-acre property has also installed stormwater treatment devices covering over 80% of the property. These retain trash and sediment that would otherwise be carried off by runoff, so it can be managed onsite and not discharged to the Los Angeles River.

Waste and recycling

  • Both the movie studio and theme park at Universal Studios in Hollywood continued enhancing their various recycling and reuse efforts with a focus of food waste and composting programs. Through its combined recycling efforts, Universal kept 70% of its waste from landfills.
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Sustainability @ NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal is making a commitment to sustainability across the entire company. Our Green is Universal initiative is focused on bringing an environmental perspective to everything we do, informing and entertaining our audiences while driving more sustainable practices into our own operations. As one of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, we want to participate in and help lead one of the most important dialogues of our time—and build a stronger business and a more sustainable world in the process.

Our Green is Universal initiative translates our environmental commitment into action. It identifies ways to integrate sustainability across our businesses, in front of the camera as well as behind it. Whether identifying opportunities for energy savings and innovation in production and distribution, educating our consumers via environmentally themed programming on our airwaves, reducing the carbon footprint of our products, or activating and engaging our workforce, NBCUniversal is hard at work mobilizing our assets to protect the planet.

About NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. With more than 40 TV, digital and out-of-home platforms reaching over 100 million consumers each month, NBCUniversal can harness the power of these communications and experiential platforms to help our audiences learn about the environment and the ways they can live greener.

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Sustainable Filmmaking: Last Christmas

Last Christmas, November 8, 2019

Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson star for director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Spy, Bridesmaids) in Last Christmas, a romantic comedy inspired by a George Michael beat, from a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones’s Baby) and playwright Bryony Kimmings.

Kate (Emilia Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

While filming in London, the Last Christmas cast and crew took their sustainability efforts to the next level. They set a goal from the beginning to be as plastic-free as possible. They distributed thermal cups to everyone on set, which could be used for cold water on warm days, or hot tea on cold nights. Offices included recycling and composting, plumbed in water coolers, glasses, crockery and cutlery.  Paperwork such as call sheets, scripts, and production documentation were delivered electronically, with hard copies only issued on request. White office paper was made from 100% recycled content. Green tips and facts were put onto call sheets to educate and inspire crew.

There were many efforts to reduce the carbon emissions on the production. They used over 60% LED set lighting which uses significantly less energy than standard set lights. In lieu of trailers, the production rented hotel rooms while filming in the London City Center. Cast also made efforts to carpool rather than taking individual vehicles to set. When unit drivers were waiting for their next trip, they were given a warm place indoors to avoid vehicle idling. And when heating their stages, they used renewable diesel made from 100% used cooking oil.

The Last Christmas team also gave back to the local community. They donated over 1,800 lbs of excess food from catering and set decoration to City Harvest London, equaling approximately 1,500 meals fed to those in need. Props, Set Dec, and Wardrobe donated over $11,000 worth of items such as toys, clothing, drums, and furniture to organizations including Suited & Booted, Smart Works, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, First Days, The Children’s Society, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, and Smile for a Child. There was also a voluntary cast and crew clothing and toiletry drive, with items being donated to Whitechapel Mission and the Helen Bamber Foundation. These practices and more led to Last Christmas receiving a 2019 EMA Green Seal.

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