The Green Arts Initiative (GAI) is a simple accreditation scheme designed to give venues and organisations the advice, support and tools they need to become greener and let audiences and the public know what they are doing. This year we offered temporary membership to all those venues and visiting companies that operate exclusively during the busy summer festival season. Festival-specific venues and companies require unique advice and resources, and our collection of data from these organisations will better inform Creative Carbon Scotland of where these needs exist.
Clear areas of focus for the organisations involved in the 2014 Summer Festivals season include minimising waste production, improving recycling programmes, increasing energy efficiency and better managing of travel, energy and water use.
Click on the image below to read our GAI Summer Festivals Report 2014, which includes synthesis of the actions accomplished during the summer months of 2014 and inspiring initiatives from our temporary GAI members.
Other resources compiled from the Summer Festivals season include GAI Spotlights from Saughtonhall Drama Group, Out of the Blue, Gilded Balloon, Puppet Animation Scotland and Gin and Tonic Productions, as well as highlights from various festival shows, exhibitions and events, all part of our 2014 #GreenFests campaign.
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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