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Walt Disney Company Sustainability Practices

Walt Disney Company is an international leader in sustainble tourism.   Walt Disney Company plans and manages for sustainability, disaster reduction, and economic development through eco-friendly tourism. The following videos give a peak at some of Walt Disney Company sustainable tourism practices





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The Windsor Consultation and Sustainable Tourism Last Updated on 2016-02-16 09:46:14 This month I had the privilege of serving as one of the co-chairs for the Windsor Castle Consultation "Imagine the Possible: Innovation for Urban Development, Sustainable Tourism and Culture. The Consultation was coordinated by Dr. Diane Davis of the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC). The Consultation was attended by representatives from three different U.N. agencies and global leaders from such diverse places as Europe, the UAE, U.S. and China. The sustainable tourism portion included concepts of the anthropocene, planetary boundaries, social-ecological systems approaches, resilience thinking and cultural preservation, particularly for indigenous cultures and the cultures found in geotourism destinations. A summary of some of the key ideas presented are as follows: As many scientists have observed we have entered a new geological era called the Antropocene,... More »
Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Last Updated on 2016-02-16 09:45:08 A 70 MM film in the Land Pavilion at Walt Disney World EPCOT Future World. A blend of animation from the Lion King and live action footage to promote an ethic to better connect with nature and protect it. Nature Needs Our Help Laugh and learn as Simba teaches Timon and Pumbaa an important lesson about the environment. When the talkative twosome start cutting down trees to build Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village, Simba steps in to remind them that nature, while majestic, is also very fragile: Hakuna matata may be a good philosophy for everyday situations, but choosing not to worry about our planet could spell disaster! The Circle of Life features a magical mix of animation and live action. Presented in stunning 70mm footage shot in over 30 countries, this panoramic film provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce youngsters to the concept of eco kindness. More »
Solar farm being built at Walt Disney World Last Updated on 2015-06-02 16:40:35 The Reedy Creek Improvement District voted recently to accept a 15-year agreement with Duke Energy to build a solar power facility near Epcot, on 20 acres near World Drive and Epcot Center Drive. Duke will lease the land and Disney will buy the power. Construction on the power plant, with 48,000 solar panels in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head, will begin in mid-summer and should be completed and the plant in service by the end of the year. The 5-megawatt facility represents 1,000 residential rooftop systems, but Disney wasn’t able to confirm what percentage of their power they would receive from the new facility. Disney already uses some solar power, with panels at Ellen’s Energy Adventure and a water-heating system at a wardrobe facility at the Animal Nutrition Center, but nothing on the scale of the new project. According to Disney and Reedy Creek, this project shows... More »
Tourism Opportunities to Protect the Sea Turtles Last Updated on 2014-11-28 12:34:59 The Tour de Turtles race is over this year, with Panama Jack and Calypso Blue III taking first and second. It's amazing that Panama Jack actually traveled 2,828 miles during the 90-day race. That is a lot of swimming. Started in 2008, the Tour de Turtles is a fun, educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. Created by Sea Turtle Conservancy, with help from sponsors and partners, this event follows the marathon migration of sea turtles, representing different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds. 2014 is the seventh year of the Tour de Turtles and followed the migration of 11 sea turtles, representing four or five different species. I have had the good fortune of participating in the Tour de Turtles the last two years. This year we woke up to a beautiful sunrise we watched outside our... More »
Blue Community Series Part 6: Education, Planning, Policy, & Management Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:53:58     Dr. Reese Halter hosts Part 6 of the Blue Community Coastal Habitat & Marine Environment series that presents best practices for sustainable tourism of the Walt Disney Company.  This video focuses on Education, Policy, & Management.  The video features Kim Sams, Director, Corporate Citizenship and Conservation Programs for the Walt Disney Company. More »