Arcola Theatre is delighted to announce that it has achieved Green Tourism Award Gold standard. Sustainability Projects Manager, Rachel Carless, and the rest of the sustainability team worked hard to fulfil the rigorous set of criteria set out by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), who came to carry out an audit at the end of April. Arcola is now the first theatre in the UK to achieve a Gold award in Green Tourism and is proud to be recognised as â€˜a strong local catalyst in greening North East London (Hackney and surrounding districts)â€™.
The GTBS, developed by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism and validated by Visit Britain, is the largest of its type in the world, and since 1997 has worked to make tourism and the hospitality industry in the UK more sustainable. The audit covers areas such as energy efficiency, waste minimisation and recycling, use of local produce, and support of public transport, its overall aim to encourage sustainability in business and provide the consumer with a â€˜greenâ€™ choice.
Attempting to improve on the Bronze Award, received in 2008, the sustainability team had a number of issues to address including improving links with other GTBS members (e.g. Arts Admin), developing better systems for measuring the theatreâ€™s energy use, and sourcing greener cleaning products. In the GTBSâ€™ audit report, special mention was given to Arcolaâ€™s success in communicating the green message, in particular through the Green Sundays events and the green notice board up in the cafÃ©/bar. Reaching the GTBSâ€™ Gold standard is recognition of Arcola Theatreâ€™s ongoing commitment to sustainability and its goal of becoming the worldâ€™s first carbon-neutral theatre.
The Green Tourism audit report can be viewed here.