Audience members and communities are growing more and more concerned about the environment. Governments are taking action. Large businesses are taking the lead in greening their practices. Homes built to be energy-efficient are selling quickly, even in a market downturn.
But what about the theatre industry? It's shocking to learn, in London alone,theatres create an estimated 55,000 tons of carbon emissions per year - that's equivalent to the average emissions of 9,000 homes!
We believe theatres that make the leap and 'Go Green' will be seen as innovators,engaged members of their communities, and leaders in their field. They will attract new audiences, especially younger ones, who are more concerned about the world their children will inhabit. They will keep theatre vital and innovative in uncertain economic times.
We want NTW to be as green as possible from the outset. We have already made being Carbon Neutral a key target for us to move towards. And, we are going to consult widely on the issue, aiming to have a forward-thinking ecological policy in place prior to public launch in the autumn.
We are keen to get the broadest views of the best practical and impactful ideas out there (as well as some new ideas too!) and want our priorities to reflect the aspirations of this community as well as the NTW team.
So, ideas on the comment wall please :
* What do you think NTW's green priorities should be?
* What green practices or initiatives have particularly impressed you?
Help us make NTW the UK's leading Green Theatre!