Reduces annual CO2 emissions by:
LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT MAKES BEING GREEN A PRIORITY
LEGOLAND® California Resort makes Mother Nature a priority all year long. LEGOLAND
California, SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium, and LEGOLAND Water Park have made it a priority to adopt green practices and to educate Park guests on effective ways they can make a difference.
LEGOLAND California Resort is proud to partner with Buster® BioFuels to further their green initiatives. Buster BioFuels collects grease and oil from the Park’s eateries to create bio diesel. Currently some of the bio fuel is being used to run the Park’s hot water washers and eventually LEGOLAND California plans to use it to fuel the Resort’s golf carts and other vehicles. Right now some of the surplus bio fuel created from the Resort’s grease and oil also is being used in a joint project to help power select school buses in the San Dieguito Unified High School District.
In addition to the Buster BioFuels relationship, LEGOLAND California Resort continues its commitment to the environment, which began when the Park opened in 1999, through a variety of ‘green’ initiatives:
LEGOLAND California Resort’s “Green Wave Committee,” – a group of Model Citizens (employees) with representation from every department in the Park from Marketing to Landscape, Operations and Events – are dedicated to creating a cleaner, more eco-friendly environment for both the staff and Park guests. The Green Wave Committee has spearheaded many projects since its inception in 2007 including beach cleanups, E-waste recycling events, can collections and other volunteer activities. The Green Wave Committee also is responsible for the Resort’s “Earth Week” activities and commissioned an Earth Day themed LEGO mural that is displayed in the Park every April.
In 2010, the team started “Cans for Canines”, a department recycling challenge encouraging employees to donate their recyclables to benefit the Canine Companions for Independence organization. The team also implemented a “Cans for Haiti” program through the American Red Cross. Over $6,000 has already been raised for these charities through these efforts.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The educators at SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium encourage guests to learn more about the world’s oceans and the importance of being environmental stewards through a variety of fun, educational, hands-on activities. Each year, the SEA LIFE team contributes significant time and resources to many important environmental projects including Earth Month-themed events; participation in beach cleanups; a celebration of World Ocean’s Day as well as environmental messages throughout the Aquarium.
Annually, Resort guests as well as Park Model Citizens recycle tons of traditional recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, batteries, plastic and aluminum cans. Behind-the-scenes tons of landscape waste, wood pallets, metal, glass, restaurant cooking oil and grease, and E-waste also are recycled. A one-to-one ratio of recycling bins has been established throughout the Resort.
In 2010, LEGOLAND California Resort recycled more than 700 tons of materials – the equivalent of 50 school buses! This number included:
- 24 tons of plastic
- 179 tons of paper and cardboard (saving 3,043 trees)
- 1 ton of aluminum cans (enough to power all of the Resort’s Model Citizens’ TVs for 15 days)
- 218 tons of landscape waste
- 2,583 wood pallets equaling 54 tons
- Over 6 tons of coffee grounds
- 41 tons of restaurant oil/grease that will turn be turned into Bio Fuel
- 1,660 pounds of E-waste (unwanted electronic items such as TVs, VCRs, cell phones, computers and monitors)
- 161 tons of tree trimmings (re-used as ground cover)
LEGOLAND California Resort is making a transition to sustainable packaging for many of the food items made fresh throughout the Resort. Many of the dining areas throughout the Resort have switched to GREENWARE™ cups and lids that are derived entirely from corn and are compostable. Signage about GREENWARE is posted wherever the cups are available.
LEGO® MODEL CLEANING
Environmentally-friendly powdered walnut shells are used by the Park’s Model Shop team to clean the more than 15,000 LEGO® models throughout LEGOLAND California Resort.
All of the vegetation recycled within LEGOLAND California Resort is used to make mulch and compost for landscaping the entire 128-acre family theme park. The use of mulch in our landscape helps to conserve water. The mulch absorbs the water, whether it is from rainfall or irrigation and allows it to percolate into the soil instead of running off. The mulch also moderates soil temperature so there is less loss of water from evaporation.
To further its composting efforts, LEGOLAND California Resort started a worm Vermi-Composting program in 2010, allowing the Park to reduce food waste by 75 pounds a day.
All water drainage inside LEGOLAND California Resort (from wash downs etc.) is diverted from storm drains by diversion gates which channel water back into the sewer system where it can be treated and/or recycled. The only water washed down storm drains is rain water.
Not only is reclaimed water used for all the irrigation and plants, but an Irrigation Control System (Centralized Irrigation Control) has been established based on an evapo-transportation rate. This on-site weather station feeds data (humidity, wind speed, high temps, etc…) into the Irrigation Controller and factors how much water is used by plants each day, adjusts irrigation run times and controls the amount of water used.
REGENERATIVE MEDIA FILTERS
LEGOLAND Water Park uses regenerative media filters instead of traditional sand filters in all pools. Regenerative media filters do not require backwashing on a daily basis and as a result use much less water than traditional sand filters. With the addition of the Water Park, LEGOLAND California Resort only uses about 5% more water than in years past.
To decrease energy usage at SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium, LED lights were recently installed to replace the existing metal halide lamps in the Aquarium’s main display tank. Prior to installing the LED lights, total energy usage in the tank was 4,150 watts per hour. The new LED lights’ energy usage is just 500 watts per hour.
RECYCLED MILK JUGS
Trash cans, recycling bins and benches throughout LEGOLAND Water Park are made of recycled milk jugs. There are 18 benches made of 800 of the plastic jugs each; there are 20 trash cans and 20 recycling bins, each made of 330 milk jugs.
PEST AND RODENT CONTROL
LEGOLAND California Resort follows an Integrated Pest Management approach in allowing natural predators to take care of pest problems first versus immediately spraying pesticides. Nesting ladybugs are encouraged throughout the Park. To control rodents, the Landscaping team has established nesting boxes for a pair of horned owls throughout the Park..
*CO² results were derived from estimated gallons of oil provided by the restaurant that can be recycled in to B100 fuel; or estimated fuel consumption by the company. Emissions are compared to Diesel #2 fuel and are based off EPA's life cycle analysis. Engine year/type may cause variation in results.