A Greener Festival expands awards to venues and events

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07 Jun 2017

An assessment and accreditation scheme is encouraging arts and cultural events and venues to reduce their environmental impact.

Cutting emissions has saved NPOs £8.7m since 2012

Cornelia Parkers War Room
24 Nov 2016

If arts organisations continue to decrease emissions at the current rate, they will be 46% lower in 2019/20 than in 2012/13, a report by Julie’s Bicycle has found.

Making an impact

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08 Sep 2016

The Arts Impact Fund offers loans based on artistic as well as social impacts. Seva Phillips explains the aims and benefits of its pilot investment scheme.

How to… protect nature through performance

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06 May 2016

A haunting concert recently combined music and birdsong to highlight the plight of endangered birds. Artist Lucy Stevens shares her tips for using art to communicate environmental issues.  

Facing up to climate change

Delegates at TippingPoint event
26 Apr 2016

In despair at the lack of an adequate plan for tackling climate change, Peter Gingold urges the arts sector to ask the difficult questions.

Unauthorised arts and climate festival planned in Tate Modern

Platform London campaign
27 Nov 2015

A year before Tate is due to renew its sponsorship with BP, Platform London is curating a free, completely unauthorised festival inside Tate Modern.

Carbon reduction program realises £2.3m cost savings

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13 Nov 2015

Low-cost attempts to reduce environmental impact have paid dividends for arts organisations, although investment will be needed to achieve further reductions.

UK’s live production industry sets sustainability goals

Hands helping
11 Sep 2015

The Sustainability in Production Alliance has outlined ten social, environmental and economic sustainability goals for the UK’s live production sector to achieve within the next ten years.

Arts buildings told to build with a green mind

Woman ground sun theatre
14 Aug 2015

A new guide by Julie’s Bicycle provides advice on integrating environmental sustainability into capital project funding bids.

What should Tate have done differently?

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04 Jun 2015

David Carrington explains what arts organisations seeking commercial support can learn from the recent Tate/BP sponsorship freedom of information case.

Book review: Artwash

04 Jun 2015

Anna B. Sexton reads Mel Evans’ Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, and says it’s time to change the way we think.

Queen’s Award for Wales Millennium Centre

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21 Apr 2015

WMC’s sustainable business model has prompted the award, which goes only to organisations recognised as having achieved the very highest levels of excellence.

Environmental savings could cut arts costs

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26 Mar 2015

ACE-funded organisations saved £1.25m in energy costs last year and the number of organisations engaged with environmental sustainability is growing.

Leading environmental sustainability

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12 Jun 2014

Julie’s Bicycle and BOP Consulting have conducted a survey on leadership and environmental sustainability. Alison Tickell summarises the findings and plans the next steps.

Going seriously green

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09 Jun 2014

As the first arts venue to be awarded a 3* Industry Green rating, the Lyric Hammersmith is a model of best practice. Kim M Grant describes the work of its green team.

Environmental art in the city

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09 Jun 2014

Laura Coleman explains why she went ahead and set up an arts organisation to explore environmental art, despite the advice of many people.

Energy evidence paints mixed picture

12 Dec 2013

New reporting on environmental impact has generated baseline figures, but progress is being hindered by lack of data.

Natural progression

Image of dancer at Craigieburn Gardens
13 Jun 2013

Leah Black explains how Spring Fling, originally a visual arts and craft event, has attracted new visitors by embracing nature and the environment.

A powerful performance

Image of wind turbine at Glyndebourne
09 May 2013

Gus Christie tells the story of Glyndebourne's wind turbine, the first to be commissioned by an arts organisation.

Taking green steps

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07 Mar 2013

Ben Challis shares some tips on how festivals can reduce their environmental impact.

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