Kellie Gutman writes:
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1935 and is one of the oldest and largest non-profit theatres in the United States. They operate over an eight-and-a-half-month schedule, with eleven plays, three theaters and 780 performances. Approximately 400,000 persons are in attendance at their facility in Ashland, Oregon. The OSF has an operating budget of $26 million.
Katie Gomez, Physical Plant Assistant, is the Green Task Force Coordinator. When asked how the OSF promotes ‘greening’ their operations, she writes:
OSF has a long list of things we do to be more sustainably aware and green. Besides recycling paper, one of the easiest things to do here, we are now recycling batteries, some plastics, and a multitude of items used in building sets. Many costumes are reworked from many made before, from our vast warehouse of costumes. We do not sell plastic bottles of water anymore – a container given or purchased is filled from fountains. The Scene Shop uses denim insulation. We use CFL whenever possible. As soon as LED’s are more affordable, we will switch to those. In some instances we do use them now. This is just the tip of what we do here. We are constantly trying to do more.
Katie added that although they have not done a production that is specifically “green”, the Green Task Force is working on promoting this idea to the Artistic Staff.
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