The Green Sheet - Issue 22 - Winter 2014
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Issue 22 - Winter 2014

The Green
Broadway Award
Nominations due by Jan 10th!


The Broadway League and the Broadway Green Alliance are pleased to announce the creation of a new award to be given at the League Biennial to a League member acknowledging their environmental leadership.


The first award is to be announced at the February 8, 2015 Biennial. 

The Green Broadway Award honors an individual, show, organization for outstanding achievement in making Broadway (in New York or on the road) more environmentally friendly.

The winning nominee will have demonstrated outstanding achievement in bringing environmentally friendlier practices to Broadway. 

Achievements may include:

  • Use of energy saving technology or greener products in a facility or production

  • Innovative design using greener materials

  • Reduction of waste and improved reuse and recycling of materials

  • Support for environmentally friendly initiatives by others

  • Including investments in offsets and greener energy

  • Communicating to others about greener initiatives and

  • Effecting actions

The jury for the award will be announced shortly.  Anyone can nominate a League member or production associated with the League for this award.  

Nominations are due by January 10, 2015. Nominations should include the name of the nominee, the name of the nominator, and a description of why you are recommending your nominee for this prize. Attachments – including photographs, short videos, or spreadsheets -- are permitted.  Please submit your nominations to

The College Green Captain Prize

The Broadway Green Alliance has launched a new prize to reward College Green Captains for their greening efforts on campus productions.  Winners will have brought innovative, creative, and/or widely-applied greening and energy-efficiency methods into the design and/or production of theatre at their campus. 

To apply for the prize, College Green Captains should submit a one-page summary statement explaining their greening efforts and a pdf of a 18″x 24″ cardboard poster showing off the best elements of their greening program. Additional documentation can include a 3-5 minute video or up to 10 pages of written reports or spreadsheets documenting the greening.  Photographs with captions explaining the greening program are encouraged. 

The posters of finalists will be displayed at the BGA booth at the USITT Expo in March. 

Greener practices can involve – but are not limited to – designing theatrical productions in a greener manner (e.g. alternate materials, energy, lighting, costumes or set pieces); running the show in a greener manner (e.g. energy-efficient lighting, rechargeable batteries, or educating the cast and crew about better practices); striking the production in a way that reduces waste (e.g. re-use, recycling, or composting); or changing front-of-house operations to reduce waste and encourage greener audience practices (e.g. alternative advertising, programs, or tickets).

Entries are due by March 1, 2015 and a winner will be announced at the USITT conference in Cincinnati in mid-March.

Entries can be sent to

The winner(s) will receive tickets to the Broadway or touring production of either WICKED or LION KING along with a professional backstage tour of the production and a meeting with a current Broadway Green Captain, subject to availability. Though groups can apply, only two people in the group are eligible for the pair of tickets and the professional backstage tour.  The entire group will receive a certificate commemorating their win.  

Any student or faculty/staff member interested in helping to green their theatre department is encouraged to volunteer to be a College Green Captain and to sign up at

All prize applicants must be College Green Captains.

Meet a Green Captain:
Mark Lotito at Jersey Boys

Mark Lotito has been our Green Captain at Jersey Boys for three years. In that time he has affected many sustainable changes in the mindset and day-to-day functions of the company.

The Jersey Boys Company recycles a vast majority of their trash, including plastic bottles and glasses from the theatre bar, corks and bottlecaps. A water filter was also recently installed in the building to curb the need for bottled water, and Jersey Boys no longer has water delivered every week, saving on the waste, energy and expenses needed for it.

They also recently switched to using rechargeable batteries in almost all of their onstage mikes and use LED screens on stage that produce far less heat and energy wastage. Another permanent change was switching to eco-friendly LG washers and dryers.

"The biggest reward to going green is the knowledge that you're doing something good," Lotito said. His passion for sustainability on the job transferred from his personal commitment to it. While change in long-running shows is difficult, it is also an important step towards keeping up with current environmental needs.


A Couple of Unquestionably Green Chaps!
The Last Ship Goes Green


Here's our GC Cullen Titmas with Jimmy Nail from The Last Ship with their new re-useable mugs! Jimmy bought them for the entire cast, and we were able to include a sheet of green tips and pins in each of them.

They are all labeled with cast names and they stay in the green room for coffee, tea, water or anything else they want to put in there!  They no longer have any paper or plastic cups in the green room. 

It's a great idea to make your workspace greener!

 Bike NY's TD Five Boro Bike Ride 2015

We are still looking for a few bike riders to join the 2015 BGA Team for the 2015 TD Five Boro Bike Ride.


This fun ride covers 40 car-free miles for a rare tour of all five boroughs.  The organizer of this event is the non-profit Bike NY whose mission is to facilitate and promote cycling in New York City through education and public events. 

Bike NY works to encourage cycling as a safe and sustainable means of transit and recreation and provides free bicycle education classes and school assembly events. They also support the "Recycle a Bicycle" program which utilizes the bicycle as a resource to foster youth development, environmental education, community engagement, and healthy living.

To watch a video about Bike NY 2015, click here.

It's a great way to have a lovely, car-free ride around the city while supporting Bike NY and the Broadway Green Alliance! Team members commit to raising at least $750 for the BGA through our user-friendly BC/EFA fundraising pages. In return BGA team members receive a guaranteed spot in the ride, an early start time, and a light breakfast before the event. The ride takes place on Sunday, May 3rd and past team members assure me that riders can complete the ride and still get to their show call-times on time. 

Check out our fundraising page here

If you would like to join the BGA team please email  


A Call for Stories of 'Spook'

In Memory of Andrea 'Spook' Testani, Kim Travis is putting together a book of tangible memories for her sons. She is  hoping to give them an idea of how wonderful their mom was & how she touched so many hearts. It will be for when they are older & to re-read as they grow into young men. 

Pictures to accompany the stories, if possible, of Spook with the people telling the story would be amazing. There will also be a Facebook Page created in Spook's honor.

Please e-mail for more details.

News from Around the Green Community

Starting January 2015, the disposal of certain electronic items will be banned!
Be prepared and read up 


BGA & ERI E-Waste Recycling Drive

Save the Date!

Wednesday, Jan 28th 
Location: TBD

Check out this great article by SDC Green Captain John Carrafa. 
He gathered a round table of green theatre leaders to ask questions of these "partners of change."


Pop-up Repair is a great green service that can mend clothing,fix appliances,
rewire electronics, de-wobble a chair
and much more!
They will be at several greenmarkets around NYC, click here for more details.

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