Behind The Scenes

ESPN’s Charlotte HQ goes green

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Editor’s Note: Earth Day is Friday, April 22. This week, Front Row will highlight some of the ways ESPN and its employees are working to promote environmental awareness. Here’s a look at how our Charlotte, N.C. office, home to ESPN Regional Television (ERT) and ESPNU, is saving energy.

Many of the employees of ESPN Regional Television (ERT) are constantly on the road, helping produce more than 1,000 sporting events annually. Others are home in Charlotte, N.C., helping to produce ESPNU’s programming and much more.

As the slideshow demonstrates, they’ve got some innovative ways to approach Earth Week. Charlotte’s Green Team consists of Debbie Clay, Bernadette Buttafuoco, Mike Kalasnik and Paula Smith.

Clay, a Facilities Safety & Health Manager, reports: “Earth Week 2011 at ERT in Charlotte consists of electronics waste recycling, seed exchange program, unwanted clothes for reuse, plastic grocery bags for recycle and blankets/towels/toys for the animal shelter.

“In addition, we invited children of employees to submit creative art with a sustainability theme. Each entry will receive some really cool gifts, including T-shirts and a DVD of their art on video.

“We are also raffling CFL [Compact Fluorescent Light] bulbs and a complete home energy assessment. More participation in donating items provides more chances to win.”

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