Disney Honored for Environmental Storytelling: Television and Studio Groups Lauded for Efforts in Storytelling and Sustainable Production

The 2022 Environmental Media Awards (EMAs) celebrated TV shows and films that have harnessed the power of storytelling to encourage action to create a more sustainable future, and Disney shows and productions took several of the top honors.

National Geographic’s America the Beautiful: Brave New World won an Environmental Media Award in the Documentary Series category. This documentary follows a growing band of wildlife heroes across North America who are fighting to preserve our most iconic animals and wildest places. Whether the battle is to rewild the northern prairies, save our rarest big cat, or restore an underwater forest, these champions are everyday people of all ages and from all walks of life, sharing one thing in common: They care enough to make a difference.

ABC’s Abbott Elementary also took home the Paul Junger Witt Comedy Award for the episode “Art Teacher.” In this episode, Jacob and Barbara band together to start a school garden with the goal of providing fresh produce for school lunches.

Image Courtesy of ABC’s Abbott Elementary

Several other Disney titles were named finalists for the 2022 EMAs, including Hulu’s The Next Thing You Eat: Sushi, National Geographic’s Biggest Little Farm: The Return, 20th Television Animation’s American Dad “Dr. Sunderson’s SunSuckers,” and Disney Branded Television’s Mickey Mouse Funhouse “Crystal Clear Waters.”

Mickey Mouse Funhouse “Crystal Clear Waters”

The Environmental Media Awards are presented by the Environmental Media Association (EMA), an organization dedicated to promoting environmental action and innovation through storytelling. The full list of nominees and winners is available at: https://www.green4ema.org/ema-awards.

In addition to awarding films and television shows with environmental storylines, the EMA also recognizes productions for their environmental efforts behind the scenes with the EMA Green Seal, a program honoring excellence in sustainable production.

EMA Green Seals are awarded to productions that meet or exceed a set of sustainability criteria on a scale of 200 points. Any production that earns at least 75 points is awarded a Green Seal, and productions that achieve a score of 125 or more receive a Gold Seal.

This year, Disney productions were awarded a total of 96 Green Seals, and of these, 38 achieved Gold Seal status. The full list of Disney recipients can be found below.

For nearly a century, Disney has created stories that celebrate the wonders of the world we all share. The awards from the Environmental Media Association recognize the ways that we are building on our legacy of storytelling to help write the next chapter for our planet by lowering the impact of our operations, leading in wildlife care and conservation, and telling stories that inspire connection with our planet and all who call it home. We call these collective efforts Disney Planet Possible – tangible actions we’re taking to put possibility into practice and inspire optimism for a brighter, more sustainable future. Learn more about Disney’s efforts at https://impact.disney.com/environment/.

Disney EMA Green Seal Winners:

Gold Seals: Green Seals:
9-1-1 9-1-1: Lonestar
Andor American Born Chinese
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania American Horror Stories
Avatar: The Way of Water American Horror Story: Double Feature
Better Things Atlanta
Chang Can Dunk Big Leap
Darby and the Dead Big Shot
Great Expectations Big Sky
Hawkeye Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Black-ish
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Boston Strangler
Mayans M.C. Chevalier
Motherland Crater
Ms. Marvel Crossover
Not Okay Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.
Only Murders in the Building Fire Island
Peter Pan & Wendy Flamin’ Hot
Prom Pact Fleishman is in Trouble
Sausalito Good Trouble
Secret Invasion Grown-ish
SheHulk: Attorney at Law Haunted Mansion
Shōgun History of the World, Part II
Snow White Hocus Pocus 2
The Clauses How I Met Your Father
The Dropout Kindred
The Mandalorian Kingswood
The Marvels Launchpad Shorts: Beautiful FL
The Mysterious Benedict Society Launchpad Shorts: Black Belts
The Patient Launchpad Shorts: Maxine
The Resident Launchpad Shorts: Project CC
The Villains of Valley View Launchpad Shorts: The Ghost
This is Us Launchpad Shorts: The Roof
Under the Banner of Heaven Love, Victor
Untitled Sisters Project Maggie
White Men Can’t Jump Mike
Willow Moon Knight
World’s Best No One Will Save You
Young Woman and The Sea Ordinary Joe
Our Kind of People
Promised Land
Reservations Dogs
Tell Me lies
The Bear
The Boogeyman
The Chi
The Menu
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
The Princess
The Wonder Years
Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion
Welcome To Chippendales
What We Do in the Shadows
Wu- Tang: An American Saga

Photo credit, top: National Geographic for Disney+