As Universal Studios Beijing prepares for its grand opening, the resort has been honored for its environmental impact. Universal Beijing Resort has been certified LEED Gold under the LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] for Cities and Communities rating system, becoming the world's first theme park resort to earn that rating.
According to the resort, LEED for Cities and Communities evaluates development for natural systems and ecology, transportation and land use, water efficiency, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, materials and resources, and quality of life. Universal Studios Beijing was noted for including 420 acres of green space, plans to reclaim more than than 713 million gallons of water a year and greenhouse gas emissions less than half of the allowed per capita requirement in the LEED Cities and Communities Standard.
The resort also features new public transit support, including a metro station for two lines, plus new bus stops and routes and electric shuttle buses for team members. The resort also said that it has built on-site housing for more than 8,000 team members, each of whom will have their own room, further reducing traffic and emissions.
"We have worked to plan and create a theme park resort destination that is good for the environment, good for our guests and team members and good for our community," General Manager Tom Mehrmann said. "This is an ongoing effort that will continue long after certification. Our guests, team members and community residents will directly benefit from what we are doing."
Universal Beijing Resort will open with two hotels - Universal Studios Grand Hotel and NUO Resort Hotel - a CityWalk dining and shopping area and the Universal Studios Beijing theme park. The park will feature the following lands and attractions:
Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Beijing Resort is set to open this summer, though soft openings have been tipped for as early as this month.
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