Green NBC: Jimmy Fallon's Bamboo Set, Sustainable Production Guides, Green Week Programming, and More (Photos)

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" set, fall 2009. Credit: Dana Edelson, NBC Universal, Inc.
NBC Universal and company-wide environmental initiative Green is Universal is paving the way for sustainable film and television production. From greening the set of Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to cutting carbon emissions on the feature film Away We Go, their Film and Television Production Guides outline environmental practices, from pre to post production, and are available to the industry at large for download. This past week they spread environmental awareness across television production arms; Universal Media Studios (UMS) and Universal Cable Productions (UCP), during their annual Green Week--if you missed it, watch Al Gore on 30 Rock, and more on Click through for highlights from the 39-page sustainable production guides and photos from green set construction at Jimmy Fallon and SNL.
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Bamboo floors on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Credit: Green Media Solutions

NBCU Film and Television Production Guides

The step-by-step Guides outline film and television production and include instructions from pre-production through distribution. The 39-page document includes a list of resources for environmental information, sustainable film production, construction, catering, energy, and office; a glossary of terms, and case studies of the feature film Away We Go and set production on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It offers tips on hiring green vendors; informing and continuing momentum with the film crew--with key phrases like "rent instead of buy," and "reuse instead of wreck"--and provides information on green office practices, from printing on double-sided paper to purchasing clean energy from local power companies. Tips on travel, transportation, and hotels are also included, from hiring a local crew to minimizing dry cleaning. The guides are available for download, below.

Download the NBC Universal Film Production Guide
Download the NBC Universal Television Production Guide

Away We Go, Feature Film Case Study

The Focus Features film Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes and shot in the spring and summer of 2008, was the subject of a pilot experiment in reducing carbon emissions and environmental impact on a feature film. The goal was to influence the attitudes of vendors and partners beyond production and reduce CO2 emissions in local and long-distance travel and transportation. The production crew reduced the number of shoot locations, rented hybrid vehicles, reduced idling time, used biodiesel, and hired contractors to manage waste and recycling. The central office in Connecticut generated 53,991 pounds of waste, and with waste redirection it was separated into 19,986 pounds of compost, 6,361 pounds of recyclable material, and 27,643 pounds of general waste. Total carbon emissions from the film production was calculated at 975 metric tons of CO2.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Green Set in NYC

When Jimmy Fallon took over Late Night in March 2009, his show premiered on a set with sustainable production at its core. Plush movie theater seats acquired and refurbished from Radio City Music Hall were installed as the new audience seating. Carpets made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles, and CFL and LED overhead lighting were installed where possible. The set was constructed with FSC-certified wood, the floors with bamboo, and the set decor incorporated reclaimed doors, a desk from the set designer's own home, and all paints used were low-VOC or no-VOC. :: Green is Universal Image: "Saturday Night Live" backstage, low-VOC and no-VOC paint. Credit: Green Media Solutions
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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" set, fall 2009. Credit: Green Media Solutions

NBCU's Environmental Initiatives

Earlier this year, Universal Studios Home Entertainment transitioned to a DVD case that uses 20% less plastic than a standard case. This move alone, will result in an estimated 1.8 million pound reduction in CO2 emissions by 2010. NBCU's corporate headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza have implemented a "closed loop" recycling system where they have recycled and converted over 50 tons of paper waste into cardboard DVD cases and boxes for company use.

NBC's Annual Green Week

Green Week culminated last night with 100 Heartbeats hosted by Jeff Corwin, part of MSNBC's landmark Future Earth series--if you missed it, it's set to re-broadcast on December 6, 2009 at 8pm and 11pm EST. The series continues with the premiere of "Waterless World" on December 20, 2009. Visit for highlights from last week, including a cameo by Al Gore on 30 Rock, Ed Begley, Jr. accepting Jay Leno's "Green Car Challenge," and the exploration of melting ice cores and green energy sources on the Nightly News.

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