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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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Meet Our New Off- Broadway Committee
By Rebekah Sale
This summer the BGA launched a new off-Broadway committee to inspire, educate and motivate the off-Broadway community to get greener.
The committee includes George Forbes, President of the off-Broadway League; Tony Award-winning set designer Donyale Werle; Frances Black from the Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY; Ariel Dupas from the Pearl Theatre; Darren Bluestone from New World Stages ; James Cleveland and Chasmin Hallyburton of Production Core; Jonathan Zautner from the York Theatre; green lighting expert James Bedell; and Jeffrey Shubart and Nancy Beer from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. And we are happy to welcome Izee Figuroa from the Public Theater to the committee as of this week.
So far the committee has committed to circulating the new off-Broadway Green Captain kit and to identify a few theatre venues and small companies as early adopters to put the kit into practice. The kit is based on our successful Broadway Green Captain kit but with additional resources for smaller theatres and with a dual focus on both venue greening and theatre company greening including green hints for offices.
The committee has also planned an off-Broadway Green Design Round Table for October 29th at ART/NY. The round table will include as panelists set designer Donyale Werle, lighting designer James Bedell, and costume designer Andrea Lauer. Please see the BGA website for more details.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining the BGA off-Broadway Committee please email green@Broadway.org.
|Adinah Alexander at the opening of Kinky Boots.|
Q: When did you first hear about the Broadway Green Alliance?
A: I first heard about the Green Alliance when my PSM sent an email out saying the company was looking for a Green Captain. I just thought, sure…and then after my first meeting I realized how little I actually know and how much I can do, in my small way, to make things better in my small part of the world.
Q: Did your current theatre already have any greener practices set in place?
A: I believe The Hirschfeld Theatre had green practices already in place. There are recycling bins throughout the building. The sound department recycles batteries and I know that Jujamcyn is committed to a greener theatre environment. The company was given a reusable lunch bag with a water bottle and food containers as a welcome gift when we started our run.
Q: What things would you like to do in your everyday life that are “greener”?
A: When I went to my first Green Alliance meeting, I realized that I have only the most rudimentary knowledge of recycling practices. I was awed by some of the other Green Captains and the extent of their understanding of what can and can’t be recycled. I would like to get my company to be more conscious about using disposable water bottles, coffee cups and plastic utensils.
Q: What specifically interests you about being “green”?
A: I became more interested in being green when I realized literally how much garbage I was creating. I made a personal commitment to be more aware and use fewer prepackaged foods, etc. I discovered a website called “reusit.com” I purchased all kinds of reusable, washable items to replace disposable items and I stopped buying packaged foods. I bring my own cotton bags to the grocery store, buy in bulk and always have real utensils, food containers, cotton bags, etc. on hand so that I don’t have to rely on disposable items.
Q: What is the most frustrating thing about being a Green Captain?
A: The most frustrating thing about being Green Captain is getting people to step out of their comfort zone, just a bit, and literally walk those extra few steps to put garbage in its proper place. Also I watch people come in every day with coffee and food that they have purchased. It only takes a few extra minutes to prepare your own food in a reusable container and to carry your own coffee container, mug, water bottle.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Green Captain?
A: Well..the best thing is that I am learning so much about what is possible in terms of recycling. I volunteered at the e-waste drive in Duffy Square and was amazed at what was recyclable. I learned that there are many things that I have been putting in the trash that can be recycled. I am also excited about the upcoming Textile Drive. I can donate all my old clothes and linens and not just throw them away…I had no idea that was possible.
The Phantom of the Opera Makes the Battery Switch
By Molly McQuilkin
|The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
(Photo by Joan Marcus)
About two years ago, The Phantom of the Opera officially switched to using rechargeable batteries, instead of disposable batteries, in their continued effort to make their enduring show green and sustainable. Paul Verity, the head of the sound department at Phantom, says “The biggest issue we had to overcome was space. As in all Broadway theatres, space is always a premium. That was certainly compounded by the fact that Phantom has been running for twenty-five years. Other than space, we just needed to lay out the routine for storage and recharging.” He continues, “It certainly is more effort. With disposable batteries you open a box and toss them in another box after they are used. Dealing with rechargeables is neither time-consuming nor difficult, but it takes more effort.”
To get the rechargeable program up and running, the sound department had to purchase chargers, the rechargeable batteries (about 144), storage cabinets and some more power strips. The total of these purchases was approximately $1,516. Paul says they have had to replace a couple of chargers, but overall, these investments should last about eighteen months until the batteries need to be replaced. Compare this to the $14,775 the show would’ve spent on 39,936 disposable batteries during this same eighteen-month period – a huge savings in cost and a huge reduction of waste!