Healthy ecosystems provide many benefits to Disney and the communities in which we work and live. We are developing an ecosystem management strategy designed to deliver a net positive impact on ecosystems. As part of this strategy, ecosystem impacts are first identified during the design-review process of new building projects. Then, habitat and restoration solutions are developed to avoid, minimize or mitigate those impacts. Finally, a set of sustainable design solutions are evaluated for potential implementation.
Walt Disney Imagineering R&D is leading this effort through pioneering work in the area of ecosystem services. Our work is firmly grounded in academic research. We draw upon the expertise of key thought leaders in this field, in particular Stanford University and the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Ecosystem Services Research Partnership. This ongoing research emphasizes the balance between built and natural environments.
Our Ecosystems Integrated Approach will continue to develop and evolve as more scientific research becomes available. We expect to pilot this approach in upcoming design projects.