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Green Campaign

Promoting greener behaviours and activities and reducing our impact on the environment is a priority for all NGCV members.  Through the Green Campaign we raise awareness and encourage staff, the public and visiting artists and cultural professionals to think and be as green as possible.  We have developed a range of activities to raise awareness and improve activities across all the organisations, building on the expertise already in place and drawing on external knowledge and good practice.  We also work closely with the local authorities and any other relevant organisations on specific themes and projects

Our green activities are split into two main areas of collaboration:

The environmental sustainability and efficiency of the buildings, such as sharing information and good practice around energy efficiency measures, companies, products and services which support efficiencies and sustainability, infrastructure such as cycle racks, as well as sharing approaches to things like waste management and negotiating with external companies to get the best deals and services.

Encouraging greener behaviours in the staff, volunteers and public, such as campaigns to encourage recycling, consideration of energy and water use, improving web information about travel and transport and promoting sustainable transport, including Cycle and Travel to Work Schemes for staff across most organisations, walking maps and well briefed staff in venues.  

Some examples:

  • We were the first partnership to achieve Industry Green (now Creative Green) across all our venues and did so for a number of years
  • We run a public survey on transport to and from our venues the results of which we share annually and the very detailed results of which inform organizational policies and practice around travel and transport for audiences.
  • We have Green leads in each organisation, they meet quarterly to discuss issues, share practice and also work on any collective initiatives where we can add value through the NGCV partnership.
  • Within individual NGCV member organisations the Green Leads work with Green Teams (often people who volunteer as they have an interest to progress green issues and sustainability).  
  • We share policies and practice and all organisations were encouraged some years ago to also have Green Champions on their Boards
  • We have an NGCV Chief Executive lead for Green issues, Philip Bernays (Theatre Royal) who helps us drive the strategic importance of green issues with the rest of the Chief Executives and across NGCV.  
  • We link with our HR Network to support the Green Campaign, to engage the staff and support the green leads in promoting initiatives and activities.  An ongoing priority is to promote green behaviours in staff and volunteers, as well as the public, schools and visiting/touring productions and artists and we have shared a range of ways of doing this, but need to work across a range of departments from HR and Facilities Managers, to Customer Service Teams, creative teams and programmers and senior managers.
  • We have an NGCV internal online network, where we can share information and work in thematic groups, as well as send information out to all staff and volunteers. This is a closed network for staff and volunteers, but is very useful as an archive, information resource and means of both sharing information, policies and activities, as well as sending out calls to action). 

We relaunched our Green Campaign for 2017. Using Earth Hour as a starting point and will build up activities over the year with key dates and weeks peppering the year to encourage action (such as National Bike Week, Recycling Week etc)