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.
The Broadway Green Alliance has various programs to try to help lower the environmental impact of what they do in the theater community.
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.
Summer E-Waste Collection Event
Wednesday, July 17, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Father Duffy Square (46th St & Broadway)
Consumers are urged to bring unwanted laptops, notebooks, computer accessories, home phones, VCRs, DVDs, PDAs and almost anything with a plug to the E-Waste Collection Event next Wednesday in Times Square. Most donations are free.
E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to old electronic devices that are no longer wanted. These products contain dangerous toxins like lead and mercury that should not be thrown in with the rest of the trash, but should be reused or recycled instead. Although they are a small portion of the waste stream by volume, computers and electronics constitute the fastest growing component of the municipal waste stream and contribute at least 40% of the toxicity found in landfills.
This summer, the BGA partners again with the e-Steward certified company WeRecycle! to responsibly dispose of the e-waste from Broadway theaters and offices. For this upcoming collection, they will begin charging a slight fee to dispose of larger electronics.
This year the BGA is also participating in the Broadway Alzheimers iPod Drive (July 1st through August 19th) by collecting iPods for the Alzheimers Association. Inspired by the documentary, Alive Inside, that follows the work of Dan Cohen and Music And Memory, Broadway musician Dave Roth (Evita) is asking for donations of music players to help those who suffer from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia through the gift of music.
Top Image Photo Credit: Kevin Tachman