Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Presented with Media Partner The List

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Click here for the Toolkitand to apply for the 2016 award!

Applications are now open for the 2016 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, celebrating the most sustainable shows on the Edinburgh Fringe. This project, a partnership between Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, with media partner The List, rewards shows which engage their audiences with sustainability; take responsibility for their environmental, economic, and social impacts; and think big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world.

The award for Sustainable Production on the Fringe was first launched in 2010 at the Hollywood Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Previous Edinburgh recipients include: Paine’s Plough’s production of Lungs at the Roundabout at Summerhall (2015), the Handlebards for their production of The Comedy of Errors performed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (2014); How to Occupy an Oil Rig (2013) by Daniel Bye and Company, produced at Northern Stage; The Man Who Planted Trees (2012) adapted from Jean Giono’s story by Ailie Cohen, Richard Medrington, Rick Conte and directed by Ailie Cohen, produced by the Edinburgh’s Puppet State Theatre; Allotment (2011) by Jules Horne and directed by Kate Nelson, produced by Nutshell Productions at the Inverleith Allotments in co-production with Assembly; and The Pantry Shelf (2010), a satirical comedy that takes place in any ordinary pantry shelf produced by Team M&M at Sweet Grassmarket. Awardees have gone on to future success on the Fringe and presentations around the world including as close as Cardiff for World Stage Design, and as far as New Zealand and all across the US and Canada.

To be considered for the award, a production uses our online toolkit to evaluate their sustainable approaches. Questions range from an inventory of materials used to what public transportation lines run close to venues to how themes about sustainability are addressed in their shows.

Also, we do hope this will inspire you to have the discussion with your venue about what they’re doing to make those things you don’t control more sustainable. Encourage your venue to join the Green Arts Initiative – details here:

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 How do we make the determinations? Click here to read about our methodology.

please email with any questions.


The 2015 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award for sustainable design, content and production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe,  was awarded today to Paines Plough for their production of Lungs,written by Duncan Macmillan, and performed at the Roundabout at Summerhall.

In a ceremony at Fringe Central on Friday, August 28nd at 4:00 pm, after presentations by Brendan Miles from The List and CSPA Director Ian Garrett, Jessica Fosteskew, stand up comedian and writer for Channel 4, BBC and Radio 4, presented Paines Plough with the 2015 Award for Sustainable Production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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