April is Earth Month, so it seemed like the perfect time to challenge our participants at the Disneyland Resort to make a commitment to reduce their environmental impact during the remainder of their program. We want them to know that the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” is more than just a slogan, it should be a way of life because their everyday actions truly matter.
One way they’re doing their part is by taking advantage of the Disney Commuter Assistance Program. Many of our participants made a pledge this month to maximize this program to find alternative methods of transportation to and from work each day, such as carpooling with a friend, riding their bike, walking or taking the bus.
Using these methods of transportation can also help them save on gas money and earn them cool prizes or gift cards throughout their program. But the real prize is they’re helping protect the environment!
Water consumption is another way for our participants to make a difference. Living in California, we know firsthand that every drop counts. Did you know that if you leave the faucet running for just one minute each day, you can waste around 1,800 gallons of water per year?
We challenged our participants to think about how they use water each day. Many of them leave the faucet running while brushing their teeth and precious gallons of water are being used and wasted. Another way they’re helping out is by making a strong effort to use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic bottles. This sounds so simple, but these small actions can have a big difference in reducing environmental impact.
Here in Carnegie Plaza, we have recycling bins conveniently located on each floor. We partner with the Orange County Conservation Corp. to collect plastics, aluminum, paper and cardboard. Our participants can even utilize these bins to recycle their cans, glass and plastic bottles. All of these recycling opportunities are within steps of their apartment door.
Disneyland Resort Cast Members recently had the opportunity to take part in a resort-wide challenge to promote recycling awareness. The competition was called the Environmentality Art Challenge and the projects had to be created out of nothing but items from the recycling bin. We decided to take part in the fun.
Our theme for the competition was “Disney College Program Thinks Green.” We based our entry on the Disney-Pixar film Inside Out, and we showcased the three components of the Disney College Program (Living, Learning and Earning) as “islands.”
Using mainly recycled paper, cardboard, coffee filters and plastic, we were able to create an amazing finished product and it was awesome to see so many participants get so excited about a great cause. Who knew that playing with recyclables could be so much fun?
Earth Month is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop making a strong effort to reduce our environmental impact. We know that our everyday actions may seem small, but with so many of us on the program, we can really make a big difference.
These are just a few of the things our California-based participants are doing to reduce, reuse and recycle, and we want YOU to get involved, too! We’re challenging you to think about some of the things you can do to pitch in and explore your environmentality. Remember, these small tasks that may only take you a few minutes each day could make a huge difference!