Find out what Broadway is doing to help the environment, from making theater venues more energy efficient to helping reduce waste.
Broadway Green Alliance
Since 2008, the Broadway Green Alliance, an industry-wide initiative that educates, motivates and inspires the entire theater community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices, has been helping Broadway get greener. They have worked to change all of the lights on Broadway to energy-efficient LED and CFLs; have a BGA liaison, or Green Captain, at all of the shows currently running on Broadway; and have encouraged all Broadway shows to use rechargeable batteries in microphones and flashlights, keeping thousands of toxic disposable batteries from the waste stream every month.
Thanks to their initiatives many theater venues now use greener housecleaning materials prepared in efficient concentration stations and shows are now washing costumes in energy efficient washers (generously donated by LG Electronics) that save enough energy to light the outside and marquee lights for nearly two months.
The Alliance holds electronic-waste and textile recycling events four times a year–free and open to all theater fans–right here in Times Square. Check their website BroadwayGreen.com for the next one.
2015 E-Waste Drive
The Broadway Green Alliance has various programs to try to help lower the environmental impact of what they do in the theater community.
The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is sponsoring an E-waste drive for the theater industry and fans on Wednesday, February 4th from 11:00AM-2:00PM in the Gershwin Theatre Breezeway at 222 West 51st Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). The recycling event is open to all shows, theaters, industry members and fans. Effective January 1, 2015, it is now illegal to throw out electrical items in New York State.
Accepted donations this year include laptops, desktops, monitors, televisions and remotes, computer cables, mice, keyboards, gaming consoles, telecom equipment, small electronic appliances (coffee makers, toasters), cellphones and accessories, as well as holiday lights. We cannot accept light bulbs, wet cell batteries, air conditioners, and batteries. For accepted donations, visit broadwaygreen.com/ewastedrive.
The Binder Project
For many developmental readings and workshops, theater companies and producers need binders for scripts and scores. These are bought new and most of them are used for a week or two and then either take up space in your already small offices until the next reading or workshop --or worse, get thrown away. The Binder Project seeks to end the expense, the storage issue, and the waste.
This is how the Binder Project works:
- Any binders you are currently not using should be brought to the binder cabinet at the Broadway Green Alliance office at Broadway Cares in the Equity Building, 165 W. 46 St., Suite 1312 (13th floor) or to Actors’ Equity on the 15th floor.
- At the end of any reading or workshop please bring those binders to the cabinet
- And when you need binders for your next workshop or reading, come to the binder cabinet at the BGA office at BC/EFA or AEA before going to buy new binders.
Top Image Photo Credit: Kevin Tachman