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Going Green(er)

April 12, 2010

I am keeping the ‘Going Green’ theme this week as I discuss some of the great strides the park has made in energy conservation. As I mentioned in my last blog, Busch Gardens is committed to the environment and caring for the natural world that we share.

As you can imagine, we use a lot of energy to ensure you have a fantastic day at the park. From operating our world-class roller coasters, to pumping the water through our three thrilling water rides, to just having park lighting on at night time, it takes a lot of power to keep us going.

Using electricity is inevitable at a theme park, but our Environmental Manager, Alicia Moore, explained to me what we are doing to put energy conservation in the spotlight in 2010.

All of our back stage area spotlights have been replaced with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). While this is a small step, it saves more than 33,000 kwh a year, and everything makes a difference. Many of our administration offices and restrooms have switched from the standard light switch to light sensors. Each location that has a sensor is estimated to have an electricity savings of approximately 50% during one year.

Since I am a Rides Manager, I am very excited about switching the lights on Der Wirblewind (Waveswinger) to LEDs. The ride looks fantastic at night and really stands out. The lights use 90% less energy than those used in previous seasons.

Here is a picture of the new LED lights on Der Wirbelwind.

IllumiNights will light up the night during the summer months and almost all lighting effects used for this awesome event will be LED; the highest energy-efficient light available.

Finally, the Security and Health Services Department have two new vehicles this year that are twice as efficient with fuel as compared to previous models.

Busch Gardens has always been committed to the environment, but seeing what is going on in the park really makes me realize that we all can make a difference.

Rob
Park Operations Manager at Busch Gardens

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