Recently, in honor of Earth Day 2014, Legoland Florida took on several initiatives in an effort to make the park more eco-friendly, but to educate park goers about how green energy works. In celebration of a new partnership with Tampa Electric, yesterday all 150 acres of Legoland ran on 100% on renewable energy for the entire day. This marks the first time a theme park in the United States has ever done this. The environmental impact of this occasion is the equivalent of removing three cars from the roads for an entire year or planting six acres of trees.
Just before the park opened, a ceremony was held to mark the beginning of a new partnership between Legoland Florida and Tampa Electric complete with eco-friendly confetti. More importantly, the partnership sets up several initiatives to help the park become more eco-friendly moving forward.
For example, Tampa Electric installed a 30-kilowatt solar panel array on top of the park’s Imagination Zone attraction. “This is a partnership built on doing the right thing for the environment,” said Bruce Narzissenfeld, vice president of Marketing, Customer Service, Business Development and Fuel Operations for Tampa Electric. “Together, we’ll teach the next generation about the benefits of investing in renewable fuels like the sun to produce electricity.
As part of the partnership, a new display will be placed inside the park starting in June, featuring an interactive 6-foot LEGO ® Earth model that educates guests on solar technologies. Located outside Imagination Zone, visitors will be able to affect the rate of LEGO Earth’s rotation with tactile solar panels. Guests will also enjoy an interactive zone that features LEGO mini model communities running on renewable energy inside the Imagination Zone.
Since Legoland Florida opened in 2011, the park has made several strides in being environmentally friendly. Throughout the park, guests can find over 180 recycled-made benches, with each made out of 800 recycled milk jugs. Each of the park’s 310 trash cans (consisting of both waste and recycle only at a 1-to-1 rate) are made out of 330 recycled milk jugs. Legoland Florida has map recycling stations to avoid the waste of park maps that guests can acquire at the beginning sections of the park. In addition, the park recycled nearly 60 tons of bottles and cans in 2013, along with 176 tons of cardboard.