Universal Studios Hollywood became the first movie studio and theme park to introduce a solar powered golf cart as a means of employee transportation.
The device, created to achieve savings in fossil fuel use and carbon emissions and to replace the familiar gas-powered studio transportation staples, was designed and manufactured by the Cruise Car company.
On hand to mark the occasion were Universal Studios Hollywood President and COO, Larry Kurzweil and Environmental Media Association President Debbie Levin, joined by Universal employees and special guests, Shrek and The Mummy.
The introduction of the solar-powered golf cart coincided with the environmental awareness initiative, Green is Universal, ” that is being observed this week across all the company’s divisions.
Universal Studios Hollywood is committed to energy conservation and has been effective in creating “Green” opportunities through environmentally conscious theme park ride construction. The parks’ new “The Simpsons Ride” debuted this past summer to a series of dramatic savings in energy consumption achieved through the use of new lighting technologies, new technologies in electric motor drives and through cutting-edge software designed to control hydraulic systems for maximum efficiency.
Universal Studios Hollywood is also the first-ever theme park to be awarded the Environmental Media Association’s Green Seal Award for achievements in environmental awareness.
Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.
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