One of the nationâ€™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 TheaterÂ Wing, Radio City Music Hall, and White Cherry Entertainment.
- 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.
- NRDC has purchased carbon offsets for 100% of the unavoidable GHG emissions from transportation vehicles.
- The production/management offices for the Tony Awards use 30% post-consumer recycled paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Broadway Green Alliance provides information on Broadwayâ€™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.comÂ or by texting BGA to 99222.
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 Julieâ€™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% â€œgreenâ€ while continuing activity and â€“ as there is no litmus test for green activity â€“ 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 BGAâ€™s full-time Coordinator.
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