Whether through conservation, recycling, education or designing theme park attractions, Universal Orlando Resort is minimizing its impact on the environment. We have more than 2,300 recycling bins, and in 2011we recycled 255 tons of plastic and glass bottles, 23 tons of aluminum cans, 1,188 tons of cardboard, 745 tons of yard waste and 3,300 wood pallets.
We also saved approximately 491,000 kWh of electricity in 2011 as a result of increased energy-conservation efforts, including more efficient lighting, such as new LED fixtures inside the "E.T. Adventure" attraction at Universal Studios Florida, and a new, more efficient air compressor to power special effects for "The Cat in the Hat" attraction at Islands of Adventure. "The Simpsons Ride" also conserves energy by incorporating an "on demand" hydraulic power system. Total energy savings across the entire resort during 2011 was enough to power approximately 40 average-sized homes in the Orlando area for an entire year.
We use cleaner-burning biodiesel fuel in all of our mobile diesel equipment and water taxis, and we use environmentally friendly horticultural practices, such as supplementing nutrients in potting soil with coffee grounds.
Similar sustainability efforts are under way at Universal Studios Hollywood, where we recycled more than 400 tons of plastic bottles in 2011 and diverted 93 percent of our waste from local landfills.
All three Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort are certified members of the Florida Green Lodging program.