The Broadway Green Alliance educates, motivates, and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices. Stop by our booth (#323), or go to BroadwayGreen.com to become a BGA College Green Captain.
Since 2008, the Broadway Green Alliance, an industry-wide initiative that educates, motivates, and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices, has been helping Broadway get greener.
We have resources for theatre professionals and students to help in greening the design, lighting, running, closing, or touring of a show.
Some of the things we have worked on:
- Changed all of the marquee and outside lights on Broadway to energy-efficient LED and CFLs. That’s over 100,000 actual bulbs and saves over 700 tons of carbon each year.
- There is a BGA liaison, or Green Captain, at all of the shows currently running on Broadway. They bring our green message backstage, and bring staff questions and concerns back to us.
- Most theater venues now use greener housecleaning materials prepared in efficient concentration stations that re-use cleaning bottles.
- Shows are now washing costumes in energy efficient, Energy Star washers and dryers.
- Most shows now use rechargeable batteries in microphones and flashlights, and many print their own cast change notes.
- Most shows now use water filtration systems and reusable bottles backstage.
- We are working to keep almost 90% of scenery out of landfills when shows close by reusing or recycling what otherwise would be thrown away.
- The BGA holds electronic-waste and textile recycling events twice a year.
- The BGA operates a free binder exchange where anyone can pick-up or drop-off binders for use in readings and rehearsals.
- Touring production respondents reported recycling programs and green product use at over 80% of theaters. The Touring Green program has offset over 10,000 tons of carbon through Native Energy.
- Check out our resources: including the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor and the Greener Lighting Guide both accessed from our website BroadwayGreen.com.
We are always looking for green-minded theatre professionals and students to join us. Attend our panels, email questions to green@Broadway.org, and visit BroadwayGreen.com.