Category Archives: Green Theatres

It’s easy bein’ green

by Jini Stolk As we prepare for Earth Day (April 22, coming up soon), I thought we could start with something simple – something we can all tackle without special expertise or additional expense. This piece by Leanne Hitchcock for Hilborn, talks about how to organize an environmentally friendly event – from choosing a city […]

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An artist’s energy inspires new energy research

by Jini Stolk We’re working on a few exciting initiatives for Toronto’s Green Theatres this season, and I’m happy to say that there’s growing interest from companies that want to practice their environmental values at work.  Not only will we be exploring the opportunities and resources available for energy efficient facilities upgrades (including the new […]

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Toronto’s Green Theatres

Toronto’s Green Theatres is pulling together a growing number of performing artists and companies interested in practicing their environmental values at work. Green Theatres began as a conversation about reducing energy consumption and costs, and Creative Trust’s Energy Audits provided a basis for companies doing major renovations to access energy-saving funding at the City’s Better […]

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Reduce, re-use…readysetrecycle!

I’ve been wondering, while working on Toronto’s Green Theatres, whatever happened to Set/Reset –Toronto’s early and successful experiment in adaptive re-use of theatre and film set materials. Started in 1993 with $1,000 in start up capital, Set/Reset was North America’s first recycling company for the entertainment industry. Occupying a 30,000 square foot warehouse in downtown […]

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Greening: a good business decision

by Jini Stolk Broadway Green Alliance has discovered that the arguments for energy efficiency and conservation in theatres are stronger when they’re backed by a convincing business case. A new publication, recently highlighted by Yonge Street Media, agrees that environmental sustainability is a good business decision. Canadian author Bob Willard, whose book The New Sustainability […]

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Broadway Green Alliance alliance

by Jini Stolk Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Charlie Deull (Co-Chair) and Rebekah Sale (Coordinator) of the Broadway Green Alliance. I learned a lot about how the Alliance works, shared information about Creative Trust’s Energy Conservation Audits Report – and began what I hope will be an ongoing collaboration and information […]

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Green Grants now available

Toronto’s Energy Efficiency Office provides incentives available to new and/or retrofit projects through its Better Buildings Partnership, which recently expanded its focus to include the Arts & Culture sector. These incentives can represent up to 50% of project costs. The 2011-2014 incentives include: Audit Funding helps you spot energy-saving opportunities and cover up to 50% of the […]

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Just released! Energy Conservation Audits for Six Performing Arts Facilities

We can talk about greening our theatre spaces – and we do at Creative Trust’s Facilities Roundtable meetings – but it’s not easy to know where to start. That’s why we started by commissioning independent energy auditor Anthony Marshall to do detailed energy conservation audits for six companies in Toronto. Between May and October 2011, […]

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Finding environmental inspiration at the Staging Sustainability conference

It can be humbling but enormously energizing to find that arts communities outside our own are ahead of us in dealing deeply, thoughtfully, and actively with important issues. When we started our Performing Arts Access Program with Picasso PRO we knew that people in the States had, for years, been providing audio described and sign […]

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