Once again, Disney has been recognized for its commitment to environmental responsibility.
On Tuesday, The California Stormwater Quality Association honored Disney during its sixth annual awards luncheon, for efforts to reduce storm water runoff and the pollution that runoff causes to our waterways and oceans. Disney was among five recipients of this year’s award.
The popular tourist attraction has created a program to diminish significantly the amount of water that empties into storm drains and the ocean by utilizing a porous asphalt. The porous material allows rainwater to seep into the ground, rather than running over paved surfaces, where it would collect pollutants before finding its way to the ocean.
Builders also used methods that conserved and protected water resources in other recent construction projects. The projects include expansion of the Grand Californian Hotel, as well as the contruction of a bakery, various office builidings, and a parking lot.
Responsible and environmental stewardship is part of Disney’s legacy, said Frank Dela Vara, director of environmental affairs at Disneyland Resort. “We are honored to receive this award, ” said Dela Vara, “and look forward to continuing to develop innovative practices that help sustain our environment and support our core business values, because it is the right thing to do.”
This is the second time recently that Disney has been recognized for its efforts to conserve and protect water resources. Last year, Disney received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for its efforts in the recycling of the more than 16 million gallons of water that the company drained from its California Adventure’s Paradise Lagoon in order to complete renovations.