â€œUnderstand, commit and improve.â€ That is what is requred from the increasing amount of British arts organisations and institutions which undertake the so-called â€˜Industry Greenâ€™ certification.
The Industry Green certification was developed for the music, theatre and the wider creative industries to recognise commitment and achievement in managing and reducing carbon. It was developed by Julieâ€™s Bicycle, a not-for-profit organisation working with the arts and creative industries to cut carbon emissions and make environmental sustainability a core component of their work. Established in 2007 by the music industry, Julieâ€™s Bicycle has since extended its remit to the performing arts, visual arts and fashion.
With an audit report of the organisationâ€™s environmental performance â€“ covering energy, waste, water and travel â€“ the Industry Green certification process is providing ever more organisations in the UK with the evidence to shout about their environmental successes. A certification of one, two or tree stars show staff, suppliers, artists and audiences that here is an organisation which is committed to going green.
Three stars to three organisations
In 2013, the outstanding three stars have been awarded to the opera institutionÂ GlyndebourneÂ and the theatre production companyÂ Lyric HammersmithÂ both for the second year in a row â€“ and they have been joined for the first time byÂ Battersea Arts Centre.
Lyric Hammersmith is committed to becoming more environmentally friendly by reducing our carbon emissions by 10 percent each year
Nine British arts companies were successfully awarded the two star rating: Live Theatre, Northern Stage, The Sage Gateshead, Tyneside Cinema, Seven Stories, Greenwich Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, Young Vic.
And a one star certification goes to twelve organisations across the UK: Centre for Life, Dance City, Theatre Royal, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Glasgow Film Theatre, Almedia, Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Court, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tricycle, Norwich Theatre Royal.
The Industry Green certification is compatible with, and complimentary to other environmental certification schemes including BS8901, ISO20121, ISO14001 and the Carbon Trust Standard.
â€œUNDERSTANDÂ your environmental impactsPREPAREÂ for compliancyREDUCEÂ carbon emissionsÂ SAVEÂ moneyÂ SHAREÂ the storyÂ BUILDÂ your brandÂ JOINÂ a community of companies working together to green the industryâ€
Â»Â See who isÂ currently certified
Â»Â Download theÂ Industry Green brochureÂ (PDF) for more information.
Â»Â More info:Â juliesbicycle.com/industry-green
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