Walt Disney World Resort Leads the Way in Florida's Green Lodging

More and more frequently today families are concerned with the environment; they conserve water, recycle cans and papers, drive hybrid cars, and do what ever they can to help make a better world. Even tourism is going green, and more choices are being made for eco-friendly travel. However, relatively few people realize what a strong choice for environmental conservancy they make when traveling with Disney.

An early advocate for environmental consciousness Walt Disney himself was a champion for stewardship of our natural resources, and the company continues to follow in his footsteps even today. Travelers who are concerned for the environment can feel good staying at any of Walt Disney World's Resort Hotels as they continue to lead the way in "Environmentality." Disney Resorts have been part of The Florida Green Lodging Project since it's inception, and all 23 of the resorts on property have been certified in the program since 2008.

You can find environmental conscious choices that have been made at the hotels working in their daily operations. They have a towel and linen reuse program and low-flow faucets and showerheads in all of the rooms as well as energy efficient lighting and motion sensor-controlled air conditioning. Some hotels have even installed tinted/double-paned windows. Resort hotels are recycling newspaper, office paper and aluminum cans.

Environmentality is Practiced Throughout the Walt Disney World Resort
Environmentality is Practiced Throughout the Walt Disney World Resort

Since 1990 water conservation efforts have been a major concern at the Walt Disney World Resort. Changes that have been made in water reclamation since that time have reclaimed more than 6 million gallons of water each day. Each day! Even though water demands on the property have grown significantly, aquifer levels at Walt Disney World have stayed to those of 20 years ago.

When it comes to daily garbage, Disney's sanitation cast members are second to none. Though not always noticeable to tourists (recycling trash cans in park are limited) the Walt Disney World sanitation crews hand-sort every single bag of trash for recycling. 39,000 tons of a year is recycled; including metal, grease, and cardboard.

Popular promotional products are made from recycled materials too:

  • Celebration buttons now made of 30 percent recycled steel.
  • PhotoPass plastic cards are made of 95 percent recycled content.
  • Merchandise bags are made of 100 percent recycled plastic.

These programs are just a scratch in the surface of how the Walt Disney Company continues to be a leader in greening industry standards, and you can read more about them in the in the 2010 Corporate Citizen Report. Did you know the lengths that Disney goes to make sure they're making the world a better place? Leave a message and let us know what your favorite program with "Environmentality" is!

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