Happy Trails: Universal Orlando Now Good, Green Fun


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Universal Orlando flashes its green-theme-park cred this week and pledges to leave the "smallest environmental-impact footprint possible," according to Bill Davis, the resort's president and CEO.

As part of a larger initiative begun Sunday by corporate parents NBC Universal and General Electric, Universal Orlando has converted all mobile engines to run on either ethanol or biodiesel. Park officials also say that the resort will increase its recycling and energy-conservation efforts, transition to lower-toxicity cleaners and solvents, and explore the use of solar energy. "We will focus on becoming the greenest resort possible," Davis told the Orlando Sentinel.

Besides recycling everything from restaurant cooking oil to cardboard, the resort is also replacing or updating fixtures, appliances, and engines with higher-efficiency alternatives. A new office of environmental sustainability has also been put in place to green up the joint. ::Orlando Sentinel

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