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With a focus on being more environmentally friendly, many companies have been inspired to make changes in the way they approach their own actions. Disney is no exception when it comes to making environmental changes. The Disney parks and stores have done away with plastic bags and are going to reusable canvas bags. Straws and lids have now been removed from the Disney resorts and parks. These aren’t the only changes the Disney resorts have made. Disney is a very environmentally conscious company that also utilizes quite a bit of energy, so they have been inspired to take other steps when it comes to being more environmentally conscious. Many of the Disney vehicles utilize alternative fuels for power and much of the lighting around the Disney resorts have been upgraded to LED bulbs to reduce energy consumption. When you have a $97 million dollar utility bill you definitely want to make sure you find ways to cut those energy costs!
If you take a look at an area near Disney’s Animal Kingdom you will find that Disney has partnered with the Reedy Creek improvement district and Origis Energy to build a solar facility that will be able to provide power to two of the Disney parks. These solar panels are going to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 57,000 tons. Not only will this solar panel facility be built, but there is another already in use near Disney’s Epcot Center that will be used in conjunction with the solar panels near Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These two facilities will be able to provide about 25% of the Disney park’s power. Not only does Disney want to utilize the solar panels for energy, but they are also looking at ways to add to these solar facilities by including the potential for pollinator-friendly flowers; butterfly, bee and bird habitats and hopefully much more as they tap into Disney cast members to provide inspiration with their own conservation ideas that could be implemented by the Disney Company.
Raising awareness in conserving energy and creating renewable energy sources is important to Disney and will continue to be an important initiative in the future. This inspiration to conserve energy and find renewable energy resources were all dreams of Walt’s especially with his ideas for Epcot Center and it is important for the Disney company to continue to carry on this legacy and inspire other company business leaders to bring their own initiatives to their businesses.

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