Making Theatre Greener!
Issue 30 | Winter 2016
Hello Member,

Winter truly is “the most wonderful time of the year.” The holidays seem to come and go in a blur, but below we have highlighted some of our favorite outdoor activities, events, and some tips for staying green this winter. Here’s to the end of one year, and the beginning of another.


-Your Friends at the BGA

College Green Captain Prize

For the past two years the BGA has recognized an outstanding College 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. Help us identify current college students that are doing great things for the environment, and encourage them to become College Green Captains and compete for our annual prize.  

BGA Collections

For years the BGA has been helping the New York City theatre community keep textiles, e-waste, and a variety of other items out of landfills. We are happy to announce that this fall we updated our entire collection process. Every Broadway Green Captain received an updated Collection Point Kit detailing the changes. Our amazing Green Captains and members are collecting more items than ever. For more information on what we currently collect, please click here. Many, in fact most, of these vendors are national, and if you are outside of New York City we encourage you to start collecting these items at your theatre, office, or house. We would be happy to help you start a collection system, please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Also, we are happy to announce that for the holidays we will be collecting unwanted holiday cards in the BGA’s office. One of our Steering Committee members Cat Domiano started this collection. The unwanted greeting cards will be sent to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children's Recycled Card Program. They take old cards and re-purpose them into new ones. The money made from selling the new cards supports the work of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Please drop off your unwanted greeting cards at the BGA’s office. Any type of holiday / greeting card is fine, but they cannot accept cards from: Disney, Hallmark, or American Greetings. For more information, click here.


BGA member and former Green Captain Mara Davi Gaines just launched a new series,  #30DaysOfGreen on Instagram. She will be posting earth-friendly habits that add up to make big changes. Follow her @maradavi and learn how to be a little bit greener each day.

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. 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'd like to contribute or learn more about how you can help, please contact Colleen directly at:

Join USITT Today!

Join USITT to discover how it can help you succeed professionally; introduce you to a vibrant, engaged community; and build a stronger industry. The conference this 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.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour  

Sunday, May 7, 2017
New York City

We are looking for new riders for our 2017 team. For the past three years, the BGA has raised significant funds to support our work and the work of others through the New York City Theatre Greening Grants. 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

From Freight to Flowers - High Line Winter Tour

Gansevoort Street entrance, on the High Line at Gansevoort Street, Manhattan

Hear the story behind New York City’s park-in-the-sky on a special winter walking tour! Join a free 45-minute-long tour led by High Line docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides who offer you an insider’s perspective on the park’s history, design, and landscape. All tours happen on the following Saturdays from 12-12:45 pm;

December: 10, 17
January: 7, 14, 21, 28
February: 4, 11, 18, and 25

Click here for more information.

Winter Wonderland Hike

Sunday, December 11, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues, Manhattan

As we approach the shortest day of the year, join the Urban Park Rangers for one of their longest hikes, as they explore Central Park from top to bottom. Central Park will be decorated for the holidays, so be sure to bring your camera. Click here for more information.

Sustainable Holidays

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The holiday season, with its accompanying buying, wrapping and celebrating, substantially increases the amount of waste and electricity we generate. From wasteful purchases to disposable dinnerware and high electricity bills, the holiday season takes a toll on the environment. However, there are many opportunities for you to be more sustainable during the holiday season. Shop locally, make your own gifts, and reduce waste to reduce your environmental impact this holiday season. Keep in mind, the best way to have a sustainable holiday is to simplify. When you simplify the holidays you often reduce your costs, stress and waste. Continue reading.

Recycling: Beyond the Bin

By Melissa Denchak | Natural Resources Defense Council

We all know recycling is the right thing to do. It keeps trash out of our landfills, saves energy, preserves natural resources and wildlife, and reduces our carbon footprint. And plenty of people do it: In 1980, recycling and composting kept 14.5 million tons of trash from landfills and incinerators in the United States. By 2013, that number had reached 87.2 million tons.

That's a big leap, but it still accounts for only 34.3 percent of the stuff we discard nationwide every year. In other words, we could do better. Here are six ways we can move closer to a zero-waste world as we continue to cart our blue and green cans to the curb.  Continue reading.

The holidays can be a time of excess. It is important, however, to save water whenever and wherever we can. This article from our friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council shows just how easy it can be.

9 Tricks That Save Tons of Water

By Andrew Postman  |  Natural Resources Defense Council

So you’ve stopped doing half loads of laundry and running the faucet when you brush your teeth. Great! Did you know about all these other ways you can avoid wasting hundreds of gallons of water a day? Continue reading.

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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 a fiscal 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