As part of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s environmental commitment, we continually look across our businesses for opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint and to encourage our customers and audiences to reduce their impact.  

This week is Earth Week and all across the world events are being held in support of environmental protection.  Comcast and NBCUniversal’s dedication to helping preserve the environment is evident in many of the green initiatives happening across the business, such as finding new ways to save energy, operate more efficiently, and encourage others to conserve resources. Below are just a few examples of how we support Earth Week all year long: 

  • Consumer programs like Ecobill, our online paperless billing program, has helped reduce paper waste in homes and businesses across the country. At the end of 2013, 6.7 million Xfinity customers had enrolled in the program. Ecobill is fast and easy and gives customers the convenience of being able to pay their bills anytime, anywhere while reducing paper waste. Self-installation of our products and services has also helped reduce truck rolls and fuel consumption.

  • NBCUniversal celebrates their seventh Earth Week with the launch of a new energy awareness campaign as part of their ongoing green initiative, Green is Universal.  This new campaign, "Lights Off.  Screens On." encourages consumers to reduce their carbon footprint by turning off the lights when they turn on their TV, computers, tablets or smartphones screens.  Additionally, more than 300 hours of programming will be broadcast across 50 platforms throughout the week in order to educate our audiences about environmental topics.

  • Last year, we launched Xfinity Home Control and added EcoSaver, a cloud-based solution that can help customers potentially reduce their energy use and save money on their utility bills year-round. The EcoSaver service, paired with the Xfinity Home thermostat, learns the unique heating and cooling patterns of a home and makes automatic and incremental adjustments to the thermostat based on real-time weather data, the thermal characteristics of the house and the temperature preferences of the occupants.  Over time, the system adapts to user inputs, helping to reduce energy while keeping the home comfortable.

  • Earlier this year, we announced plans to build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, a 59-story, 1,121-foot tall building that will be designed by Lord Norman Foster, who has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology. We will seek Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Platinum certification for the new building, which will neighbor Comcast Center, our global headquarters and one of the tallest LEED Gold-certified buildings in the U.S.

  • We have also come up with some creative ways to reduce the environmental impact of our film and TV productions.  Those solutions range from reducing electricity and water use on location to equipping our studios with innovative technologies that improve collaboration while reducing the need for travel.

 Through thoughtful leadership and innovation, we will continue to strive to do business in a socially responsible manner by focusing on reducing energy usage and conserving natural resources in both our customers’ homes and in our places of business and operations.