Find out what Broadway is doing to help the environment, from making theater venues more energy efficient to helping reduce waste.


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 house cleaning 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.

BGA Community Events and Initiatives

Textile and Electronics Drives

The BGA regularly holds drives where you can bring in unwanted clothes and certain types of household goods and electronics to be properly recycled or reused — making it as easy as possible for you to sustainably get rid of what you don't need.

Recycling Collections

The BGA collects a variety of items year round in their office for recycling, upcycling, and safe disposal, including batteries, ink and toner cartridges, eyeglasses, instrument strings, unused toiletries, oral care, and more.

The Binder Project

The Binder Project is a free binder share initiative open to the theater community. 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.

  • 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.