Toronto’s Green Theatres is a project started by Creative Trust and continuing, thanks to the support of TD Financial, by Jini Stolk and a steering committee of industry professionals interested in working to reduce arts organizations’ carbon footprint. Its purpose is to help Toronto’s performing arts companies meet the highest possible standards for environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and accessibility in their facilities: theatres, shops and rehearsal and office spaces. Toronto’s Green Theatres will rely on our collective muscle for its success.
The project was launched in the spring of 2011 with energy efficiency audits of six Toronto facilities taking place over the summer. These yielded recommendations for individual and collaborative work, including group sourcing and purchasing, and will allow individual companies to access a range of energy efficiency support and incentive programs.
Toronto’s Green Theatres is the first sector initiative of its kind; we hope that our results will stimulate and set the standard for a community-wide commitment to reduce the carbon footprints of all Toronto’s theatres and public arts spaces.