Five ‘Environmental Heroes’ Disney Cast Members

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Environmental Heroes

Five ‘Environmental Heroes’ Disney Cast Members

Five Disney World Cast Members are being recognized as ‘Environmental Heroes’ as part of Earth Month! These Cast Members have done their part to conserve natural resources, care for wildlife and their habitats, and reduce waste all year long.

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Helping animal keepers repurpose discarded items like water jugs, cardboard tubes, yoga mats
and fire hoses into exciting things that draw out an animal’s natural instincts helped Angela
become an Environmental Hero. Instead of ending up in a landfill, these items became logs to
scratch, balls to pounce on and puzzles to solve for the animals in our care.


For Leah, her lightbulb-moment for making an impact led to turning off the lights and
conserving energy at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT. After noticing many lights, pop-
quiz boards and video displays in the building stayed on overnight, she created beautiful
lighting maps and led conversations with engineers to understand which lights should remain
on overnight. With the right lights turned off, the animals get better sleep, and The Seas
reduced the amount of electricity used.


Jim put possibility into practice during a merchandise event for cast members where he took
recycling to the next level. With events like this, there’s bound to be a lot of cardboard boxes,
plastic wrappers and Styrofoam, so Jim and his team introduced special recycling bins and
diligently separated these materials throughout the event. These simple actions helped divert
105 bags of soft plastic, 49 bales of cardboard and a full semi-trailer of Styrofoam from the


Marcela and Vanessa proved one question can lead to big results: “Do you need a bag with
that?” This small change in routine when helping guests at the register has kept hundreds of
shopping bags from going to waste.

“Every person has a role in changing the world for the better,” Marcela, who also loves to
introduce reusable bags to guests, says, “selling reusable bags is an easy way I have been able
to do that.”


If these cast members have inspired you to create change, there are a few simple ways you can
help build a brighter, more sustainable future. Next time you visit a Disney Park, try recycling
plastic bottles, declining a bag at a merchandise location or using a refillable water bottle… and
you, too, may be recognized with an Environmental Hero award!

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