It’s Summer and that means family vacation time! We just returned from a week at Disneyland where from day one we saw one major change in the parks: paper straws are now exclusively used on Disneyland properties as part of their efforts to preserve our environment. So that made us wonder, “What else is Disney doing to help our environment?” We learned there is a long list of ways Disney is using alternative energy to fuel their properties worldwide. Take a look!
According to Angie Renner, Director of Environmental Integration for Disney, the company has some challenging goals to hit in their environmental programs:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 50% of 2012 levels by 2020.
- Divert 60% of waste from landfills by 2020.
- Decrease water consumption across the board.
How will Disney achieve its goals?
In February 2019, Disney announced its second solar farm project is up and running. This 270-acre energy farm near the Disney Animal Kingdom in Florida uses 518,000 solar panels that produce enough power to provide electricity for 10,000 homes. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to removing about 10,000 cars from the road. Disney plans to use this energy, combined with their first 22-acre solar farm near EPCOT, to power two if its four theme parks in Central Florida.
It’s not just about electricity though. To make this project even better for our environment, Disney is growing plants and flowers in these solar farms that are pollinator-friendly to create a healthy habitat for butterflies, bees, and other insects.
Here are some other examples
- Here are some other ways Disney is using alternative energy solutions around the globe:
- The combined power produced by solar farms in Walt Disney World (Florida), Disneyland (California), Hong Kong Disneyland, and the Tokyo Disney Resort could power 42,000 homes.
- Disney’s fleet of buses and some other vehicles used in the parks are powered by renewable fuel produced from the used cooking oil and other non-consumable food waste in their kitchens.
- The parking trams visitors ride to enter the parks and some of the attraction vehicles use compressed natural gas rather than conventional fuel.
- The iconic monorails have always been on the leading edge of energy conservation by using electricity since they were first introduced to the parks in 1971.
- Several rides like the “Finding Nemo” submarine attraction are powered by a magnetic coil propulsion system.
- Disneyland Paris uses a geothermal facility that generates enough power to run two of its theme parks and other resort areas from the underground steam and hot water in that geographic area.
- The Shanghai Disney Resort uses a combined heating and cooling plant that reuses heat and condensation from operations to reduce reliance on other energy sources. According to Disney, this system is 70% more efficient that other traditional facilities.
All of these examples make us really excited to find more ways we can choose alternative energy sources to do our part to keep our environment clean and healthy for generations to come!
Want to learn more about alternative energies?
Visit us at the Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition today! The Coalition works to enhance the livability and sustainability of Rogue Valley residents.