Gilded Balloon has emerged as one of the most popular venues in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For this reason, amongst many others, we feel quite lucky to have the venue as part of the Green Arts Initiative. Creative Carbon Scotland recently heard from Gilded Balloon regarding their thoughts on sustainability.
CCS: What is your most recent action related to sustainable operations or programming?
GB: This year we have converted two of our venues to 100% LED lighting. We have also kicked off a new sustainable build program where we are replacing worn out building materials with more durable materials that have a longer life span. Part of this program includes making wall units which have a “tool free” build causing less damage to the building materials over time and elongating their life span.
We have also begun a collaboration with our landlord EUSA to expand their year round recycling program through the festival.
CCS: What have you most enjoyed about being a member of the Green Arts Initiative?
GB: We love to have a collaborative group working towards carbon responsible goals. It’s a great place to find new ideas that we can implement throughout our organization.
CCS: What are you most eager about for the 2014 summer festivals season?
GB: We are very excited to discover our energy savings come the end of the festival fringe, compared to last year.
CCS: Do you have a top tip for new GAI members?
GB: Just get stuck in! Any first step will do, and it always leads to the second!
Image courtesy Steve Ullathorne and the Gilded Balloon. For the Gilded Balloon Fringe programme, please visit their website.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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