Creative Carbon Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of its 2016 Green Arts Initiative Report (PDF, 455kb).
The report demonstrates the continued growth of the GAI community itself and the valuable work being done by the 170 member organisations to measure and monitor the core environmental impacts of their work.
“Knowing that you are part of a network and a movement is immensely helpful, and being kept in the loop with other artists and arts organisations gives justification for our own actions” – North Edinburgh Arts, GAI Member
Key trends in 2016 included greater reporting of all forms of travel, including journeys by staff, performers and audiences.
Findings in the report include the numbers of member who are measuring and monitoring:
- Energy use – measured by 63% of members
- Waste – 83%
- Water use – 31%
- Staff travel – 69%
- Performer travel – 44%
- Audience travel – 11%
The report also found high numbers of members addressing sustainability in other ways, including:
- Formal environmental policy – 73% of members
- Public reporting of environmental efforts – 55%
- Engaging wider staff team beyond green teams – 63%
- Engaging artists and performers – 44%
A number of member organisations gave specific examples of their sustainability work, including:
“We had a ‘Leave Your Car at Home Day’: 15 people took part saving 167.8 miles, and reducing CO2 by 27.17kg!” – Dundee Rep, Dundee
“We introduced a paperless finance system this May and started using hot water bottles this winter instead of lots of extra heaters. Our office is very cold!” – Mischief La-Bas, Glasgow
“We delivered the Hebrides International Film Festival which presented recent world cinema on the theme of Islands and environment, programming significant documentaries and dramas focusing on global environmental issues.” – Rural Nations, Stornoway
The Report also looks ahead to the work planned and already underway in 2017, including commitments to sustainable domestic travel, development of more work relating to the natural environment, planning efficient touring schedules, and increasing public awareness of green work.
Read the full report by downloading the PDF here (PDF, 455kb)
About Creative Carbon Scotland:
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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