LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 31, 2018 – At Disney, our commitment to environmental stewardship focuses on using resources wisely as we operate and grow our business. We provide philanthropic grants and expertise to save wildlife, inspire action, and protect the planet; and we strive to meet long-term goals of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and waste, while conserving water resources when and wherever we can.
As a part of our commitment, our Cast Members are encouraged to conserve natural resources by reducing waste, using water responsibly and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2017, Walt Disney World enhanced its environmental commitment by recognizing Cast Members around the world as Disney Environmental Champions of the Year.
The 2018 Environmentality Champions of the Year for Walt Disney World Resort are Chef Brad Scholten, a chef at the Magic Kingdom, and Michael Tumbleson, a finance manager for Walt Disney World Property Control.
These environmentally-minded Cast Members went above and beyond to help protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling everything from food waste to used furniture. We are so proud of the positive impact these champions have had here at Walt Disney World.
Chef Brad Scholten – Chef Brad inspires Cast Members to care for the environment daily. He left an incredible legacy at Cinderella’s Royal Table through his leadership efforts in the Recycle Right program, and he continues that work in his current role at The Crystal Palace. “Chef Brad is a role model for Magic Kingdom and for the entire Food & Beverage industry through his efforts in food waste reduction and sustainability,” said executive chef Mike Reitzler.
Michael Tumbleson – Michael leads the effort to reduce waste in his work area by finding new and creative uses for company assets that are damaged or no longer needed, ensuring that landfill is the very last option. “I am proud to work with Michael because he works for the betterment of society,” said finance manager Michael Keeton. “His dedication to recycling benefits all of us at Walt Disney World and aims to help generations to come.”
Engineering Services, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (WDPR) Segment Award
In addition to the two Walt Disney World champions, DPECP selected the Engineering Services team for their outstanding commitment to water conservation. This team’s dedication to water efficiency is helping our company to reach our global water conservation goals. In fact, projects spearheaded by this team, such as flush valve replacements, water feature control upgrades and water conservation initiatives across property, have resulted in over 200 million gallons of water saved, which could fill Spaceship Earth more than 10 times!