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Disney Goes Green

03/20/2009


As part of Walt Disney's "Corporate Responsibility Report", the company is setting aggressive environmental goals for itself to lower the company's carbon footprint and impact on the environment. The company plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% over the next 4 years and reduce its electricity usage by 10% over the next five years. The goals also include reducing water consumption, utilizing clean energy and reducing garbage. The initial focus will be on the theme parks which consume the most energy and produce the most waste.

Disney theme parks have already implemented some green projects. For example, in 2007 the Disneyland Railroad and Mark Twain Riverboat were converted to run on biofuel made from the used cooking oil from Disney's restaurants. While the biofuel costs more, it saves Disney over 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year and reduces their greenhouse gas emissions dramatically. Disney also uses natural gas to run the trams that connect the theme parks and hotels.