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The Broadway Green Alliance runs an annual College Green Captain contest to reward College Green Captains for their greening efforts on campus productions.
Tonya Ingerson, Green Captain at Vassar College, and Grace Urquhart, Green Captain at William Jewell College, were our co-winners of the College Green Captain contest for 2018!
Tonya’s project was called “Environmental Education and Awareness Through Theatre.” She hosted a Climate Change Play Festival at Vassar in which she put on 8 plays from Climate Change Theatre Action’s repertoire. She wanted to festival to be as green as possible so it was zero waste, the food was all vegan, everything was paperless from the advertising to the auditions, she educated the audience and the students working on the plays, and the costumes and props were all either borrowed or made from materials they already had.
Grace started several initiatives in the theatre department to make it more environmentally friendly. She encouraged the switch to rechargeable batteries in mic packs; changed out the old incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs; recycled old screws and other metal hardware; turned old fabric from costumes into dog toys that were then donated to the local shelter; started a waste tracking system that they now use on all of their shows; encouraged the use of greener materials to build sets; and continued to use energy efficient washers and dryers.
Congratulations to Tonya and Grace!
Olivia Ranseen (Indiana University in Bloomington, IN) was our 2017 winner, and Chloe Martins (Drew University, NJ) was the runner-up. Read more about their projects here. Congratulations Olivia and Chloe!
The BGA College Green Captain program is modeled on the successful BGA Broadway Green Captain program, in which a cast or crew member of every Broadway production volunteers to serve as a BGA liaison/go-to member of the production for all things green/environmentally friendlier. College Green Captains are self-selected members of a college or university theatre department who are committed to greening one or more of the department’s productions. The BGA provides a kit of better practices, sample timelines, and links to resources and professionals to educate college Green Captains about how to green their productions. The College Green Captain program works best when there are one or more student Green Captains and faculty or staff Green Captain to ensure continuity of the greener practices.
The BGA seeks to encourage artistic growth and the highest standards of excellence in theatre, while including a growing commitment to resource and energy efficiency, reduced toxicity, and environmentally friendlier practices in the design, production, running, and striking of a college production. We are creating this award to recognize and encourage outstanding BGA College Green Captains for college theatrical productions.
Winners will have brought innovative, creative, and/or widely-applied greening and energy-efficiency methods into the design and/or production of theatre at their campus.
In short, this award seeks to
In a city named Greenville, one might expect its citizens to have a certain respect for the environment. But the team behind the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, S.C. has taken the cause to a whole new level, becoming the first performing arts center in the country to generate zero landfill waste. The key to their success is a partnership with a local, family-run and environmentally friendly waste management company, WasteCo Inc. As explained in a recent Peace Center press release, the multi-step recycling process works like this:
All waste from the Peace Center is taken directly to VLS Recovery Services or Greenpointe Recycling Center. Once there, the material is sorted for recyclable material. The unsalvageable material is shredded and taken to a gasification site. The material is then fed into a gasifier, where the waste and oxygen create synthetic gas (syngas). This syngas can then be cleaned for any impurities and used for energy.
The program is especially impressive given that the Peace Center is no small outfit. Occupying a six acre downtown site where a textile plant and a mayonnaise factory once operated, the campus boasts seven different venues in addition to administrative and production offices. They draw more than 360,000 people a year and present over 600 events including, this season, the national tours of Newsies and Matilda the Musical. The Center generates some $25 million a year in economic activity.
Maureen Shallcross, VP of Operations for the Peace Center, spearheaded the zero waste effort, and found no resistance from any of the involved parties. Indeed, quite the opposite. “Eliminating the need for staff to sort was a value added,” she observed, and because WasteCo was their existing vendor, there was continuity on the service side of the equation. In addition to the zero waste success, Ms. Shallcross pointed to their other green initiatives which includes battery recycling and an annual electronics recycling program. Also, they have recently completed an ASHRAE Level III energy assessment and will use the results to plan short term and long term cost-effective energy conservation measures. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and an expansive website all play a part in getting the green word out to their audience, alongside mentions in the local media.
When asked if she had any planning suggestions for the Broadway community, Ms. Shallcross gave validity to the BGA’s methodology: “Find an individual within your organization with passion about sustainability and charge him/her with pulling together a green team across departments to ensure institutional commitment to a program.” Our Green Captains program falls right in line with this solid advice.
The Broadway League and the Broadway Green Alliance are pleased to announce the creation of a new award to be given at the League Biennial to a League member acknowledging their environmental leadership.
The first award is to be made at the February 8, 2015 Biennial.
The Green Broadway Award honors an individual, show or organization for outstanding achievement in making Broadway (in NewYork or on the road) more environmentally friendly.
The winning nominee will have demonstrated outstanding achievement in bringing environmentally friendlier practices to Broadway.
Achievements may include:
• Use of energy saving technology or greener products in a facility or production
• Innovative design using greener materials
• Reduction of waste and improved reuse and recycling of materials
• Support for environmentally friendly initiatives by others, including investments in offsets and greener energy
• Communicating to others about greener initiatives and effecting actions
The members of the panel of judges are:
Charlie Deull, Executive Vice-President, Clark Transfer (Co-chair of the Broadway Green Alliance)
Cat Domiano, Care-Tix Manager, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Allen Hershkowitz, President, Green Sports Alliance, and Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Management, Presidio Graduate School.
Susan Sampliner, Company Manager, Wicked LLC (Co-chair of the Broadway Green Alliance)
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League
Anyone can nominate a League member or production associated with the League for this award.
Nominations are due by January 16, 2015.
Nominations should include the name of the nominee, the name of the nominator, and a description of why you are recommending your nominee for this prize. Attachments – including photographs, short videos, or spreadsheets — are permitted. Please submit your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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