Two shows - one a longtime obsession for legions of fans, the other an eagerly anticipated new personality - have taken on a green makeover of their sets and practices. Fans of Fox's 24 and NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will be pleased to learn that the former has gone carbon-neutral, and the latter has retrofitted its studio in an entirely green way.
Here's how the shows are green:
- The eco-friendly production offices replaced incandescent lighting with SFLs and installed motion monitors in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Scripts, schedules and memos are digitally distributed to eliminate paper waste.
- The show's producers purchase wind, solar and hydro power from California utilities for a savings of 940 metric tons of CO2.
- Hybrids and bio-diesel reduced gas usage by 1,300 gallons (though this is just a fraction of what the show consumes each week).
- Unfortunately, to achieve true carbon neutrality, many of the most exciting elements of the show would have to be tampered with. That's why the show has chosen to offset the remaining 1,239 tons of CO2 through investments in carbon credits, instead.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:
- Fallon, on the set makeover that he ordered: "Everything is recycled. We are building everything with recycled metals and using all green lighting. We are starting [construction] from scratch so it is NBC's policy that we make everything from the ground up entirely green. Everything…I wrote up a three page Word document and gave it to the set designer. The craziest stuff I asked for - believe it or not, I got."
- The set features sustainable building practices such as low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, seating reclaimed and refurbished from Radio City Music Hall, and carpeting on the audience risers and the band platform from recycled materials.
- Doors and metal were reclaimed from local salvage stores for the set.