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Join the Production Committee

The Production Committee of the Broadway Green Alliance is an excellent resource for incorporating greening initiatives into the production of running shows. The committee is composed of cast and crew members working on stage or backstage, who meet monthly to discuss ongoing initiatives.

The committee’s major initiatives include:

  • Green Captain Program: The BGA identifies a “Green Captain” at every running show to help implement greener practices during production, and  engage cast and crew members in these initiatives.  In the 2011-12 season, every Broadway show had a Green Captain, ranging from star cast members to production staff.  Green Captains meet quarterly to discuss better practices and share ideas and challenges.
  • Binder Program: The BGA office has a binder exchange, where used binders are dropped off  for reuse by others.
  • Collection Drives: The BGA hosts two textile drives and two electronic waste collection drives each year.
  • Backstage Surveys: In 2012, the committee began surveying productions to collect data on greener backstage practices and to identify where further improvements need to be made.

Visit the Production page for more information about the committee’s initiatives, or contact green@broadway.org.

To get started choose your area of interest: Cast & Crew, Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup, Sound or Electric.

 

Green Show Policy

It is essential to involve the cast and crew to ensure the success of your production’s environmental efforts. Two places to start are: (1) Developing and communicating a green show policy about your show’s environmental goals from the start of your production, and (2) electing a “Green Captain” from your cast or crew as described below.

Consider implementing your own environmental policy using the sample policy below.  Also consult Julie’s Bicycle Environmental Policy and Action Guidelines (PDF) for additional guidance on creating an environmental policy and action plan.

 

Green Captains

An important first step in this process is to elect a “Green Captain” from your cast or crew to help manage the green efforts on your production.  Talk to your cast and crew about electing a Green Captain for the show, and/or use the BGA’s callboard posting template (PDF) to recruit a Green Captain.  See the Green Captains section of the BGA website for more information. Nearly every show on Broadway currently has a Green Captain.

Sample environmental policy

Human activity can have harmful effects on ecological systems and public health by contributing to serious environmental concerns such as deforestation, global warming, water pollution, and biodiversity loss. Recognizing this, [our production] is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting environmental stewardship at all stages of our production.

Our goal is to operate a world-class entertainment business and to provide an exciting experience for theatregoers while minimizing our organization’s impact on the environment. This helps to preserve the ability of future generations to safely live and perform in our shared natural environment.

[Our production] will strive to identify and purchase environmentally preferable supplies and services for all productions and events where economically feasible. Wherever possible, [our production] will strive to minimize pollution and waste, conserve energy and water, protect habitats, support renewable energy resources, buy environmentally friendly products, and encourage environmentally preferable transportation.