Walt Disney World is continuing its efforts to invest in new technologies and renewable energy products that will continue to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
In a recent Q&A with Forbes, Angie Renner, environmental integration director at Walt Disney World Resort, said the company is striving to meet three environmental goals: to divert 60 percent of its waste from landfills by 2020, reduce net emissions 50 percent from 2012 levels by 2020 and to reduce water consumption across the board.
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“Environmental stewardship and conservation were engrained in The Walt Disney Company from the beginning,” Angie Renner recently told me. Angie is an Environmental Integration Director at Walt Disney World Resort, and today she says the company is investing in new technologies and renewable energy projects that have thus far cut greenhouse gas emissions nearly in half. Why? Because as a Bloomberg story just noted, warmer temperatures are already impacting the “the comfort and health and well being of [the resort’s] customers.”
In other words, climate change is bad for business. But as I’ve seen firsthand, companies that invest in clean energy, engage customers in sustainability efforts and leverage their influence to drive smart policies can turn a downside risk into tangible cost-savings, customer retention and global leadership.
I recently caught up with Angie to learn more about the company’s sustainability initiatives and successes and its efforts to provide environmental education to the hundreds of thousands of guests who visit the iconic Disney resorts each day.