Q: When did you first hear about the Broadway Green Alliance?
A: I first heard about the Green Alliance when my PSM sent an email out saying the company was looking for a Green Captain. I just thought, sure…and then after my first meeting I realized how little I actually know and how much I can do, in my small way, to make things better in my small part of the world.
Q: Did your current theatre already have any greener practices set in place?
A: I believe The Hirschfeld Theatre had green practices already in place. There are recycling bins throughout the building. The sound department recycles batteries and I know that Jujamcyn is committed to a greener theatre environment. The company was given a reusable lunch bag with a water bottle and food containers as a welcome gift when we started our run.
Q: What things would you like to do in your everyday life that are “greener”?
A: When I went to my first Green Alliance meeting, I realized that I have only the most rudimentary knowledge of recycling practices. I was awed by some of the other Green Captains and the extent of their understanding of what can and can’t be recycled. I would like to get my company to be more conscious about using disposable water bottles, coffee cups and plastic utensils.
Q: What specifically interests you about being “green”?
A: I became more interested in being green when I realized literally how much garbage I was creating. I made a personal commitment to be more aware and use fewer prepackaged foods, etc. I discovered a website called “reusit.com” I purchased all kinds of reusable, washable items to replace disposable items and I stopped buying packaged foods. I bring my own cotton bags to the grocery store, buy in bulk and always have real utensils, food containers, cotton bags, etc. on hand so that I don’t have to rely on disposable items.
Q: What is the most frustrating thing about being a Green Captain?
A: The most frustrating thing about being Green Captain is getting people to step out of their comfort zone, just a bit, and literally walk those extra few steps to put garbage in its proper place. Also I watch people come in every day with coffee and food that they have purchased. It only takes a few extra minutes to prepare your own food in a reusable container and to carry your own coffee container, mug, water bottle.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Green Captain?
A: Well..the best thing is that I am learning so much about what is possible in terms of recycling. I volunteered at the e-waste drive in Duffy Square and was amazed at what was recyclable. I learned that there are many things that I have been putting in the trash that can be recycled. I am also excited about the upcoming Textile Drive. I can donate all my old clothes and linens and not just throw them away…I had no idea that was possible.
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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