The Theatre Green Book: Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future in Theatre

In an era where environmental sustainability is no longer optional but essential, ITC is proud to support the Theatre Green Book initiative. This pioneering project offers comprehensive guidelines to help theatres reduce their environmental impact and promote sustainability across all aspects of their operations. By adopting the Theatre Green Book, the theatre industry can collectively work towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Why the Theatre Green Book?

The Theatre Green Book serves as a vital resource for theatres committed to sustainability. It provides practical, actionable steps for reducing carbon footprints, minimizing waste, and promoting environmentally friendly practices. With the theatre industry facing increasing pressure to address climate change, the Theatre Green Book offers a roadmap for achieving significant, positive environmental impact.

Key Components of the Theatre Green Book

The Theatre Green Book is divided into three key volumes, each addressing a different aspect of theatre operations:

  1. Sustainable Productions: Guidelines for making productions more sustainable, covering everything from set design and materials to lighting and sound. It encourages the use of recycled and sustainable materials, energy-efficient technologies, and waste reduction practices.
  2. Sustainable Buildings: Strategies for improving the environmental performance of theatre buildings. This includes energy management, water conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable sourcing of materials for building maintenance and renovations.
  3. Sustainable Operations: Best practices for running theatre organizations sustainably. This volume covers policies and procedures, staff training, community engagement, and creating a culture of sustainability within the organization.

Join the Green Movement

ITC encourages all members to join the green movement by adopting the Theatre Green Book. By doing so, you are taking a crucial step towards a sustainable future, ensuring that theatre continues to thrive while respecting our planet.

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Join the Independent Theatre Podcast as we talk to Paddy Dillion, the co-creator of the Theatre Green Book, and Peta Swindall, Executive Director of Little Angel Theatre.