Resources - Sustainability

ACT GREEN: Understanding audience attitudes towards the role of cultural organisations in tackling the climate emergency
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ACT GREEN: Understanding audience attitudes towards the role of cultural organisations in tackling the climate emergency

What do your audiences think about sustainability issues? What role, if any, do they think cultural organisations should play in tackling the climate crisis?

Flo Carr and Katy Raines from Indigo Ltd present the findings from the recent Act Green national audience research which surveyed 12,000 audience members through 58 cultural organisations in the UK. Research sponsored by pointOne.

Guest speakers:

Vicky Sword-Daniels - Julie's Bicycle
Debbie Bell - HOME
Caroline Aston - Chichester Festival Theatre
Katie Haines - Artsadmin / Season for Change

Link to Webinar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHb87YLDNrQ&t=42s

The Theatre Green Book 1 – Sustainable Productions
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The Theatre Green Book 1 – Sustainable Productions

The Theatre Green Book is a an initiative by theatre makers and sustainability experts to create common standards and a common method for sustainable theatre. Sustainable Productions, the first volume of the Theatre Green Book, focuses on how to make productions more sustainably.

This short version of Sustainable Productions is designed for smaller companies and productions. It contains exactly the same guidance as the full version, but in a form designed for small teams working under pressure of time and cost.

The longer version gives much more information on the principles behind the Green Book, as well as a toolkit of resources for working sustainably. Sustainable Productions was inspired by the expertise of small scale theatre-makers in creating excellent shows with minimum resource. Sustainable Productions turns that knowledge into a clear path to sustainability.

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The Theatre Green Book 2 – Sustainable Buildings
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The Theatre Green Book 2 – Sustainable Buildings

The Theatre Green Book is an initiative by theatre-makers – guided by sustainability experts Buro Happold – to move theatre towards sustainability.

Early in the initiative, we divided that challenge into three parts: making productions sustainably, making our theatre buildings sustainable, and reviewing theatres’ other operations, from catering three volumes of the Theatre Green Book.

This volume, Sustainable Buildings, shows how to make our theatres more sustainable, even though many of them are ageing and starved of investment. It’s designed for executive directors and facilities managers, for boards, funders, local authorities and designers – for anyone who faces the challenge of taking a theatre building and making it ft for purpose in the context of the climate emergency.

Those theatres include some of our most valued, most loved and most prominent public buildings. If we want theatre to point society towards a sustainable future, then we urgently need to regenerate our theatres to suit a world of life-threatening temperature rise, over-exploited resources, and declining biodiversity. That journey will never be easy – theatre owners know how hard it is to raise funds for investment. But it is essential.

Sustainable Buildings gives theatre clear standards for assessing the challenge, selecting priorities – and setting out on the journey.

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The Theatre Green Book 3 – Sustainable Operations
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The Theatre Green Book 3 – Sustainable Operations

The first two volumes of the Theatre Green Book give theatremakers and companies common standards for the sector’s journey to sustainable practice. Sustainable Productions sets common standards for producing shows sustainably. Sustainable Buildings provides guidance to make theatres fit for purpose in the context of the climate emergency.

This third and last volume, Sustainable Operations, covers everything else theatres do, from catering to rehearsals, offices to travel. Theatre’s impact on the planet is broad. Public buildings use energy. Audiences, staff and performers have to travel.

The numerous operations that theatre needs, from rehearsals through to marketing, selling tickets, collecting waste, running dressing rooms and making coffee, all add to theatre’s footprint.

It isn’t a matter of deciding which is the worst offender and forgetting about the rest. If theatre is to become sustainable, and be seen by the public as sustainable, then it has to review every aspect of what theatre-making means, and rethink every way in which it currently harms the planet.

Building on theatre operators’ own expertise, and the knowledge of theatres who have already begun this journey, Sustainable Operations provides solutions to those challenges, and offers a step-by-step approach to addressing them.