Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Click here for the Toolkit

EFSPA-Green-LogoThis 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:

Presented with Media Partner The List


Sponsored by PR Print and Arts & Business Scotland

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Presented by the CSPA and Creative Carbon Scotland

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

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TOWERS OF EDEN Announced as Winner for 2017 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award!

The award winner, Outland Theatre’s production of Towers of Eden, portrays a dystopian future where environmental disaster has struck, traditional agriculture is no longer sufficient to feed the ever-growing population and the government offers a solution which becomes corrupt. They convinced judges with their unique concept and gripping theatrics which accurately conveyed their sustainable messages. Moreover, they were conscious of the sustainability of their production by considering the carbon footprint of their show, including the impact of their marketing, travel options and sustainable engagement through a crowd funding initiative to support their trip to Edinburgh

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