Dr. Beth Stevens Speaks on Disney Conservation Efforts

O’Neal Upper School and Middle School students were fortunate to hear from Dr. Beth Stevens, former senior VP of environmental affairs at Disney Worldwide Services at the Upper School morning meeting on Thursday. Dr. Stevens was introduced by her good friend and neighbor, Dr. Lynda Acker – O’Neal parent and former trustee.

Dr. Stevens touched on the sustainability efforts that Disney had in place from emissions control, reducing waste and conserving water. She then focused most of her talk on Disney’s efforts towards nature conservation and its 20+ years of protecting wildlife and wild places through the Disney Conservation Fund.

For more information on Dr. Stevens and Disney’s efforts with sustainability, click HERE for an article published in 2016.
Dr. Stevens presented to O'Neal Upper School students and 8th grade last year. The students enjoyed her talk and asked to have her back again this year. 

Dr. Stevens has a PhD in biology, worked at Zoo Atlanta in the beginning of her career, served as president of the American Zoological Association, was hired by Disney where she ran Animal Kingdom for many years, led the Disney Corporate Citizenship Division after that, received the prestigious Rachel Carson Award, and now, after retirement, chairs the Jane Goodall Institute.

Beth is also very active locally, especially in her role as president of the Village Heritage Foundation, which her mother founded.

    • The Disney World Castle is lit with LED lights with power usage comparable to 2 toaster ovens.

    • Dr. Stevens begins her talk with the fact that many people don't know all that Disney does for environmental and wildlife conservancy.

    • Conservation is "in the DNA" of Disney as Walt himself was a true advocate.

    • Dr. Beth Stevens

    • The Cotton-Top Tamarin is one of 10 species Disney tries to protect through research, education, conserving and building its habitat - the forests.

    • A Disney term.

    • The tree of life in the Animal Kingdom - the only artificial tree.

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