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Fall 2016 Green Sheet

From the BGA!  Hello!
Hello BGA Member!

We at the BGA are very excited for the fall. The heat wave has finally ended and we have several exciting events coming up. We hope to see you at our Town Hall on Closing Green and at our biannual E-Waste Drive. For all you bikers, we hope that you will consider training and riding with us this spring in the Five Boro Bike Tour. Besides the BGA there are also many wonderful community green events that we have highlighted below. Put away your sunblock and beach towels, and get ready for a fun and green fall. 


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BGA News

College Green Captain Prize to be Announced

For the past two years the BGA has recognized an outstanding Green Captain from different colleges and universities across the country. The winner receives tickets to a hit Broadway show and a guided tour of the production’s backstage area from that show's Green Captain. Help us identify current students who are doing great things on campus for the environment; and encourage them to become College Green Captains and compete for our annual prize.

Crafting For a Cause is Seeking Volunteers

Our friend Colleen Geddes from IATSE Local 764 Theatrical Wardrobe Union is looking for volunteers for her new outreach program Crafting for a Cause. The cause she has identified is Covenant House, one of the groups that is beloved by many members of the Broadway community. She is looking for people that knit, crochet, or sew to donate their time and skills. If you are not a crafter, consider donating your textiles or volunteering to pick up or drop off donations. If you would like to contribute or learn more about how you can help, please contact Colleen directly at
Upcoming Events

BGA E-Waste Drive

Wed, September 7, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Minskoff Theatre Breezeway, 44th Street west of Broadway, Manhattan
The semi-annual BGA Electronic Waste Drive will happen on September 7th. We will be accepting electronic waste including but not limited to: computers, televisions, radios, personal devices, batteries (dry cell, under 11 lbs. only) and office machines. Data on all hard drives will be destroyed by our recycler ERI. iPods and iPhones will be diverted to the Broadway Alzheimer's iPod Drive.

Off-Broadway Town Hall, 9/12

Mon, September 12, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Shiva Theater at the Public, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
The second annual Town Hall is a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to connect and discuss how to close and strike a show in a “greener” manner. We will be identifying the obstacles that exist, and providing resources and tools for combating them. The event promises to be a lively discussion between theatre and sustainability professionals. The details of the New York City Theatre Greening Grants will also be announced at the event.

Come join us to learn more and add to the dialogue. Guests can RSVP by visiting

30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Sun, September 25, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm 
Shubert Alley, West 44th Street & West 45th Street, Manhattan
Stop by the BGA table and be a part of the biggest day for Broadway fans as the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction makes an encore appearance in Shubert Alley and, for the first time, will stretch along West 45th Street as well as its long-standing home on West 44th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Sun, May 7, 2017
New York City
For years the BGA has raised significant funds to support our work and the work of others through the New York City Theatre Greening Grants. We are looking for additional riders for our 2017 team. Come join the fun, bike through all five boroughs, and help us raise money for the BGA. If you’re interested in joining our team, email
Other Community Events

Load OUT! Fall 2016 Edition

Sat, September 17, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rod Rodgers & DMAC 3rd Street Lot, 11 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
Once again, FABnyc is hosting Load OUT! a creative recycling and repurposing riot, which brings together gently used materials from arts organizations throughout the East Village and Lower East Side. Take home costumes, props, and furniture for your next artistic endeavor! Click here for more information.

NYC SAFE Disposal Events

Bring your harmful household products—like electronics, motor oil, old batteries, unused medications, and paint—to the Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics (SAFE) Disposal events. Events are held rain or shine.  Click here for more information.

Queens SAFE Disposal Event
Sat, September 17, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Astoria Park Parking Lot, Hoyt Avenue & 19th Street, Queens

Manhattan SAFE Disposal Event
Sun, September 25, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Union Square North Plaza, south of 17th Street between Park Avenue & Broadway, Manhattan

Staten Island SAFE Disposal Event
Sat, October 22, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Midland Beach Parking Lot, Father Capodanno Boulevard & Hunter Avenue, Staten Island

Stop ‘N’ Swap Event

Sun, September 18, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
S.T.A.R. Senior Center, 650 W 187th Street, Manhattan
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, and toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don't have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please.  Click here for more information.

AEA Members Get Discount at ZipCar

Help reduce the environmental impact of owning a car by signing up with ZipCar. With an array of locations for easy access and availability at your fingertips, join to share a car with another member. Members of Actors’ Equity Association receive discounts and a reduced yearly fee. For more information, visit
Around the Web

Attention all college students:
Join USITT Today!

Discover how USITT can help you succeed professionally, introduce you to a vibrant, engaged community, and build a stronger industry. The conference next year will be in St. Louis, on March 8-11, 2017. Sign up for the 57th Annual Conference & Stage Expo and be sure to stop by the BGA’s table. Join here.

Should You Buy Carbon Offsets?

A practical and philosophical guide to neutralizing your carbon footprint.
By Brian Palmer | Natural Resources Defense Council

If you want to go carbon neutral, you could do what Daniel Suelo did. In 2000, Suelo moved into the caves in Arches National Park, where he forages for food, buys nothing, and doesn’t own a car. He’s also sworn off heating and cooling devices.

You don’t have to go quite that far, though, to live a carbon-neutral life. (Nor should you—Suelo’s lifestyle raises some serious legal and environmental issues.) Continue reading...
Eco Tips
Back to School Tips Are Here!
Check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) hot tips on what to send the kids or yourself back to school with. Who doesn’t love natural fiber bags and BPA-free water bottles.  Click here for these exciting tips!
Freeze Your Organic Composting!
Do you participate in NYC Organics Collection? Freeze food scraps to reduce odors in the summer and year-round. Don't have a small kitchen container? Use a yogurt tub or stainless steel bowl to gather food scraps before emptying them into an outdoor organics bin.
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The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an industry-wide initiative that educates, motivates, and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices. The BGA, launched in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is an ad hoc committee of the Broadway League and an affiliate program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The BGA brings together all segments of the theatre community, including producers, theatres in New York and around the country, theatrical unions and their members, and related businesses. The BGA identifies and disseminates better practices for theatre professionals and reaches out to theatre fans throughout the country. For more information, visit