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NY Daily News: “The Great White Way goes green”

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 11:43 AM

More than 11.5 million people gave their regards to Broadway last year, generating almost $1.2 billion for New York City’s theater district — and countless greenhouse gas emissions. While Kinky Boots are always welcome on the Great White Way, a colossal carbon footprint is something the entertainment thoroughfare would prefer to do without.

Looking to limit its environmental impact in a meaningful way, Manhattan’s  professional theaters have banned together through an industrywide initiative called the Broadway Green Alliance to help Broadway get greener.

“We know that Broadway is not only economically and culturally important to New York City, but people from around the country and around the world come to New York to see a Broadway show, so we know that becoming more energy- and resource-efficient is good for our industry, for our city and our world,” says Rebekah Sale, coordinator of Broadway Green Alliance.

The alliance started as an ad hoc committee of the Broadway League in 2008 before becoming an affiliate program of Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, which is the theater world’s principal non-profit fund-raiser and grant-making organization. “We’re a group of theater professionals, students and fans who come together to work on greening Broadway in a grass-roots way,” Sale says.

When it comes to implementing environmentally friendlier practices, the old adage “go big or go home” need not apply. Sale says that although the alliance is equally as interested is discussing sustainable design or infrastructure improvements with theatres, as it is with organizing recycling programs to make the opening and closing of shows more resource-efficient, sometimes it’s the small stuff, like battery and light bulb upgrades, that makes the biggest difference.

“Most shows now use rechargeable batteries in microphones and flashlights, keeping thousands of toxic disposable batteries from the waste stream every month,” Sale says. “It is easy, saves money, and is better for the environment. ‘Wicked’ went from using 15,000 batteries a year to just under 100.”

“Green captains,” from left, A.J. Fisher, Kimilee Bryant, Rhea Patterson and Jessica Lea Patty help promote an environmental message at theatrical productions.

The lights of Broadway have been, burning bright since the turn of the 20th century, Broadway Green Alliance liaison for their production,” Sale says. “This season we had Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald and Michael C. Hall volunteer. They all volunteered to be the green captains on their production, which is nice because of the legitimacy (it adds) among the whole cast and crew.”

Convincing New York’s theaters that energy and resource efficiency doesn’t require them to sacrifice anything in terms of creative integrity of artistic mission has gone a long way toward getting the industry as a whole to embrace the alliance’s grassroots efforts. “Donyale Werle literally went dumpster diving to create the set of ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ in 2012, and she ended up winning that year’s Tony Award for best scenic design,” Sale says. “It was a totally upcycled set.”

The alliance relies on ambassadors called “green captains” to help relay its message to the casts and crews of every play and musical participating in the program. “We ask for a volunteer at the first rehearsal of every Broadway show, somebody who will be the go-to green person and the Broadway Green Alliance liaison for their production,” Sale says. “This season we had Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald and Michael C. Hall volunteer. They all volunteered to be the green captains on their production, which is nice because of the legitimacy (it adds) among the whole cast and crew.”

Support from Broadway’s brightest stars is huge, but Sale stresses that greening the Great White Way is really a group effort — one that requires the assistance of both the people on the stage and those in the seats. For the past five years, the Broadway Green Alliance has held four public collection drives a year in New York City. It’s managed to recycle 15 tons of electronic waste and nearly 10,000 pounds of clothing and textiles so far to date.

“We want people to see what we do,” Sale says. “We want to make sure that they see that we’re challenging ourselves. We just want to show people that green is something that this industry cares about and is working on.”

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Environmental Achievements of the 68th Annual Tony Awards

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a3b4e87c536f2c98b3c3298233601652One of the nation’s preeminent cultural events, the Tony Awards, in collaboration with the Broadway Green Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), took steps to reduce the environmental impact of its annual awards show, rehearsal period and telecast. The Broadway Green Alliance is an industry-wide initiative that educates, motivates and inspires the theater community and its patrons to adopt environmentally friendlier practices. This effort was achieved thanks to the collaborative efforts of The Broadway League, The American Theater Wing, Radio City Music Hall, and White Cherry Entertainment.

For more information about what you can do, please visit Broadwaygreen.com and BroadwayreeningAdvisor.org.

Energy

  • NRDC has purchased renewable energy credits for 100% of the electricity for the Tony Awards.
  • Radio City Music Hall has implemented an enhanced energy-efficiency plan and installed energy-efficient lighting.

Transportation

  • NRDC has purchased carbon offsets for 100% of the unavoidable GHG emissions from transportation vehicles.

Paper

  • The production/management offices for the Tony Awards use 30% post-consumer recycled paper.

Recycling

  • Radio City Music Hall provides extensive recycling backstage as well as for employees and guests. All trash is taken to a materials recovery facility where all recyclables are sorted out and recycled.
  • The production/management office is recycling all paper, bottles, caps, batteries, office supplies, pens, clips and re-using binders.

Water

  • Radio City Music Hall has retrofitted their restrooms with low-flow toilets and flush meters. Restroom faucets are hands-free and the rooms feature post-consumer recycled content tissue products.

Education

  • The Broadway Green Alliance provides information on Broadway’s green initiatives and tips for the public on its website and through text access. This information can be accessed by going to www.broadwaygreen.com or by texting BGA to 99222.

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Broadway Green Alliance’s The Green Design Symposium

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The Green Design Symposium took place on 20 March 2014.
It was a panel of experts discussing why and how to green up theatre designing.
Dr. Allen Hershkowitz of the NRDC gave the opening remarks about why it is important to go green this Earth Day.  Then a panel of experts talked about ways to be more eco-friendly when designing sets, costumes and lighting for theater. The panel included Donyale Werle winner of the 2012 Tony Award for excellence in stage design (or whatever they call it) for her up-cycled set of PATS.  Following the presentations the attendees broke up into smaller groups to network and discuss questions and issues in the topic areas. Lastly we had a robust Q and A to end the event.
The event took place at the Westside Theatre, upstairs, 407 West 43rd St. from 7-8:30 pm.

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Announcing the Spring Textile Drive

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Please join Broadway Green Alliance for their Spring Textile Drive on April 23rd!

Duffy Square
Wednesday, April 23rd
11-3pm

More information coming soon!

BGA Volenteers with MOTOWN Green Captain Marva Hicks.

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Pop Up Repair: Brooklyn March 12-30

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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BGA 5 Year Report

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In June 2008, over 250 theatre professionals from every part of the community gathered for a Town Hall at the Gershwin Theatre to discuss their nascent efforts to green Broadway. At that time, there was no place to go to find out how to make better environmental decisions on what paints to use for sets, which lighting instruments were more energy-efficient, or how a production could use rechargeable batteries or focus on recycling when closing. Working with the support of Dr. Allen Hershkowitz and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), participants from that Town Hall formed a group called Broadway Goes Green, which was launched officially in November 2008 by leaders in the theatre community and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Today, as we celebrate our milestone fifth anniversary, we are known as the Broadway Green Alliance and are a thriving organization disseminating information on greening theatre from front-of-house to backstage, from Broadway to all across the country and around the world. 

The Broadway Green Alliance educates, motivates, and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to  implement environmentally friendlier practices.

Click here to download BGA’s 5 Year Report.

 

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Announcing the BGA Green Lighting Guide by James Bedell

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Announcing the BGA Green Lighting Guide

When it comes to theatrical lighting, the gear is changing at an incredible rate. It feels like just a few years ago it would be impossible to consider LEDs for anything more than special effects. Yet today, multiple manufacturers have created LED profile and wash fixtures that are capable of stunning stage washes, pin spotting, and even beautiful warm front light. The days of energy efficient fixtures not being able to do the job of stage lighting are drawing to a close.

When it comes to moving toward a sustainable future, it’s hard to imagine a community more supportive that theatrical professionals. Whether it’s the green captains of Broadway shows, or scenic designers putting in the extra effort to make sure their set is built from found materials, across our community out of both ethos and necessity, we are conserving resources every day.

One of the biggest lessons the BGA has learned from it’s partnership with the NRDC is the concept that there is no green, only greener than the day before. It’s in that spirit that the Broadway Green Alliance decided to launch the greener lighting guide. Which of course, begs the question:

What is the Greener Lighting Guide?

Essentially the guide is a database. The Broadway Green Alliance believes that the road to greener choices starts with better information. The truth is not everyone in a position to make spending decisions can walk the floor at LDI. When the grant money comes into a regional theater, or when the dean decides it’s time to spend money on the theater department, the Broadway Green Alliance believes it’s that point of purchase that can make a tremendous impact on what gear is used in these institutions for years to come.

A database in and of itself isn’t useful unless it’s organized in a way that makes sense. The Broadway Green Alliance’s goal with the design of the website was that it could work for both lighting people (lighting designers, master electricians and programmers) and non-lighting people, (artistic directors, company managers, technical directors) alike. So the instruments in the guide are organized by what type of light they produce.

When you click on one of the categories, you’ll find a typical or “standard” instrument, then a list of greener alternatives comes below. If that’s as far as you want to go, you can simply call your local dealer and ask to arrange a review of these instruments in your theater. If you want to know more, click on any listed instrument for detailed stats and links. All data is self-reported by the manufacturers, this is the fastest way to keep the database updated as manufacturers update their offerings. The Broadway Green Alliance couldn’t be more grateful to our launch partners, Chauvet, Robert Juliat, and GLP for helping us to populate the initial database. The Broadway Green Alliance will adding new data every week, and will be sure to announce updates on the BGA blog. In the meantime, the BGA hopes you’ll browse around and tell us what you think of the guide. The Broadway Green Alliance wants to make this guide as valuable as possible for the theater community.

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Re-Use Your Party Dress and Donate for Prom Night

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Have a fancy dress you no longer wear or fit into? Want to help send a girl to her prom in style?

Local 1 member Annie Miller is collecting used party dresses to be donated to the Orange Ulster County BOCES Special Education Program. She is teaming up with Broadway’s Green Captains to get the word out that the Broadway community can help make these girl’s dreams come true.

The dresses collected will be altered for the girls to wear to their senior prom for those that cannot afford to buy a dress.  The IRS allows deductions up to $500 for clothing donations without a receipt. BOCES can give receipts for dresses donated that cost more than $500.

Please email Annie at dimanddoll00@gmail.com or drop off your dresses at the BGA office, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1312.

Please help every girl feel like a Cinderella on her prom night!

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Video: NFL Green, Verizon Green & BGA Tackle E-Waste In Times Square

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Press Release: 5th Anniversary and Launch of NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

BROADWAY GREEN ALLIANCE

THE BROADWAY COMMUNITY’S ONGOING INITIATIVE

TO HELP BROADWAY BECOME GREENER

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CELEBRATES 5 YEARS

AND LAUNCHES NEW

NRDC THEATRE GREENING ADVISOR

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New York, NY – (January 27, 2014) – The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is proud to announce the celebration of its fifth year and the launch of a new online Theatre Greening Advisor. The BGA is an industry-wide initiative focused on enhancing Broadway’s environmental profile by adopting preferable practices and promoting awareness in the creation and presentation of Broadway shows.

In collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the BGA’s early goal was to assess theatre production and disseminate information about environmentally preferable options to the Broadway theatre community including producers, theatre owners, designers, managers, design shops and others. Collectively, the Broadway community has achieved meaningful accomplishments during the first five years of this long-term initiative, including the shift to energy efficient lighting throughout the Great White Way. As a result of this work, Broadway is now a leader in environmental sustainability in the global theatre industry.

Taking this good environmental work to the rest of the country, the BGA and NRDC are now launching the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor—an online guide to help theatres across the country implement environmentally intelligent practices. More than two years of work has gone into the creation of this unique online environmental resource for the theatre community, and it is arguably the most comprehensive theatre greening information database in existence. The BGA and NRDC are making the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor available at no cost to all theatre production worldwide.

The new BGA Greener Lighting Guide, designed to help compare greener stage lighting instruments, will be linked to the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor and both are scheduled to launch today, January 27th, 2014.

BROADWAY GREEN ALLIANCE ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE:

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Broadway theatres have replaced all their marquee and outside lighting with energy-efficient bulbs (over 10,000 bulbs!), saving approximately 700 tons of carbon emissions per year; switched to more environmentally preferable cleaning products and appliances; and established recycling, water filtration and energy efficiency programs.

Broadway shows now have a BGA liaison, or Green Captain, at nearly all shows, bringing greener practices backstage.  Green Captains come from all aspects of productions, and sometimes even the star of the show participates in this important role. Bryan Cranston, Alan Cumming, Hugh Dancy, Montego Glover, Harriet Harris and Carol Kane have all served as BGA Green Captains.

Running shows are saving money through reduced waste.  Many shows now use rechargeable batteries in microphones and flashlights, keeping thousands of toxic disposable batteries from the waste stream every month.  Wicked went from using 38 batteries every performance to using only 96 rechargeable batteries in a year!   Many shows also print their own cast-change stuffers — on recycled paper — saving reams of paper as well as money.

Events and initiatives held by the BGA are now part of the fabric of Broadway, including  semi-annual electronic-waste and textile recycling events in Times Square and a free binder exchange (operated in partnership with Actors’ Equity Association) where anyone can pick-up or drop-off binders for use in readings and rehearsals. This keeps binders out of the waste stream and encourages re-use. Over the last five years, the BGA has collected over 15 tons (31,000 pounds!) of e-waste, and nearly 10,000 pounds of textiles.

Outreach programs have brought the BGA to theatres throughout the United States, at colleges, off-Broadway and regional and touring venues.  Internationally, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance.  The BGA reaches theatre professionals and audiences through its website filled with information and resources, and through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Today, the BGA also launched the BGA Greener Lighting Guide, in partnership with PLASA.

NRDC THEATRE GREENING ADVISOR

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The NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor is a free online guide to help theatres across the country to implement eco-intelligent practices. The tool provides BGA members with valuable and detailed information on all elements of greener theatres and productions. The NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor supports the work of all six Broadway Green Alliance committees with extensive resources for greener efforts related to Pre/Post Production, Production, Venues, Touring, Education, and Outreach. This guide helps theatres continue to commit to energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction, water conservation, smart paper purchasing and use, and other smart operations. In doing so, theatres and productions across the country are helping to keep our nation’s air and water clean, reduce their contribution to global warming, protect biodiversity, and reduce toxic chemicals use, while seeing cost saving benefits.

“In the past five years, the Broadway Green Alliance has become a part of nearly all Broadway productions, and now is working with Off-Broadway, regional theatres, colleges, and many other venues and shows in and outside of the United States,”  says Charlie Deull, co-chair of the Broadway Green Alliance.   “We are grateful to the NRDC for its work on the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor, which will be a valuable tool for the many BGA participants and allies working to make theatre, and the planet, greener.”

“The single most important thing we can do to help save the planet is to change cultural assumptions and attitudes about how we should relate to Planet Earth,” says Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council who helped to co-found the BGA. “By promoting energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction, water conservation and other smart operations, theatres and productions will help keep our nation’s air and water clean, reduce their contribution to global warming and achieve cost saving benefits at the same time.”

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THE BROADWAY GREEN ALLIANCE (BGA) educates, motivates and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices.  The BGA (formerly Broadway Goes Green) was launched in 2008 as an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and has become a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The BGA brings together all segments of the theatre community, including producers, Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres in New York and around the country, college drama programs, theatrical unions and their members, and related businesses. Working closely with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the BGA identifies and disseminates better practices for theatre professionals and reaches out to theatre fans throughout the country, and through alliances, internationally. www.broadwaygreen.com.

facebook.com/BroadwayGreenAlliance, Twitter: @broadwaygreen.

THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, and Beijing. Since 2007, NRDC has been a world leader in entertainment and sports greening. NRDC is a principal environmental advisor to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Recording Academy, as well as a founding partner of the Broadway Green Alliance. www.nrdc.org

Contacts:

Broadway Green Alliance:

Rebekah Sale, rsale@broadwaygreen.com

Natural Resources Defense Council:

Jenny Powers, jpowers@nrdc.org

Broadway League:

Elisa Shevitz, eshevitz@broadway.org;

Erica Ryan, eryan@broadway.org

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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