Between May and October 2011, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Factory Theatre, Tafelmusik, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Toronto Dance Theatre/STDT provided a yearâ€™s worth of utilities bills for analysis. TheÂ Energy Conservation Audits reportÂ is the first step inÂ Torontoâ€™s Green Theatres,Â Â a concerted approach to greening performing facilities in Toronto.
Measures taken to green Toronto theatres will result in improved working and public environments â€“ along with significant energy savings over time. Each of the participating companies received detailed, practical recommendations that will help them integrate greening into their facility upkeep and repair and renovation plans.
Â Torontoâ€™s Green TheatresÂ is the first arts sector initiative of its kind in Canada and a possible model for other communities. Like all Creative Trustâ€™s work, it was developed collaboratively and will rely on our collective muscle for its success. We thank both Torontoâ€™s Cultural Services and Energy Efficiency Offices, which have been wonderfully supportive of our plans to work across our sector to reduce theatresâ€™ carbon footprints. We hope that our results will act as a catalyst for changing awareness and behavior around one of the most compelling issues of our day.