David Kirkpatrick

June 18, 2009

Six Flags going green

Filed under: Business, et.al. — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:04 pm

The company may be in bankruptcy court after filing Chapter 11 over the weekend, but it’s taking on new environmentally-friendly policies. 

The release (smoke screen?) from today:

SIX FLAGS LAUNCHES GREEN INITIATIVE

World’s Largest Theme Park Company Committed to Protecting the Environment

NEW YORK, June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Six Flags, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: SIXF) announced today a company-wide green initiative to reduce electricity, fuel use and waste while helping to protect the watersheds and ecosystems across theme park and water park locations.

Already undertaking several innovative efforts to improve the energy performance of park operations, Six Flags is embarking on a groundbreaking pilot program at four parks.  All vehicles and trains that operate on diesel fuel will instead be powered by used vegetable oil generated in Six Flags kitchens.  Additional proactive savings in energy consumption will be achieved through the use of LED lamps and lights throughout each park resulting in reduced indirect green house gas emissions from electricity consumption.

“Six Flags is taking aggressive steps to help protect and preserve the environment for future generations,” said Mark Shapiro, Six Flags President and CEO.  “These programs will help safeguard the planet and create lasting partnerships with the communities where we live and work.”

Six Flags is also committed to dramatic recycling and waste handling.  Collaborating with corporate partner, Coca-Cola, over 3,000 recycle bins have already been placed in all Six Flags parks.

“We envision a world where our packaging is not seen as trash, but as a valuable resource that can be re-used to produce a number of products, from new beverage containers to shirts and bags,” said John Burgess, President and CEO, Coca-Cola Recycling.  “This extensive recycling program is a great way for Six Flags guests and Team Members to help support the environment.”

  Other initiatives include:
  —  The installation of low-flow, high efficiency water fixtures
      throughout the parks
  —  The purchase of fuel efficient vehicles to replace older models
  —  The use of water saving plants and groundcover at all parks
  —  Paper recycling programs at all parks

In addition, Six Flags is launching a comprehensive review of a new solar energy strategy.  By using existing available land surrounding a number of parks, Six Flags would be able to create solar panel farms to supply the parks with clean energy and reduce the amount of electricity purchased.

About Six Flags:

Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly-traded corporation  (BULLETIN BOARD: SIXF)  headquartered in New York City and is the world’s largest regional theme park company with 20 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

SIX FLAGS and all related indicia are trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. (R), TM and (C) 2009.

Source: Six Flags, Inc.
   Web Site:  http://www.sixflags.com/

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