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: Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, September 20, 2019

The worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey, becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast. 

While filming in the UK, the Downton Abbey production team implemented sustainable production practices to reduce their environmental impact. Offices included recycling and composting, plumbed in water coolers, glasses, crockery and cutlery, with no disposable food service products available for office use.  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. 

Downton Abbey successfully reduced the amount of new materials used throughout filming. Carnival Films had stored sets from six seasons of Downton Abbey and the production was able to re-use and/or re-purpose most of them, which let to very minimal new set builds. The production issued reusable water bottles to crew upon request, and added a daily reminder on the call sheet for crew to bring them, leading to the elimination of plastic water bottles on set. The sound department used rechargeable batteries throughout production to reduce the need for disposables.

At wrap, the costume department donated $800 worth of fabric and materials to the Wimbledon College of Arts. Storage boxes and hangers were donated to Sewn Right and Freddie’s Flowers, and set decoration donated produce to The Hounslow Urban Farm to be used for animal feed. These practices and more led to Downton Abbey receiving a 2019 EMA Green Seal.

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