In my long, checkered past there is quite a bit of of the starving artist theatre person. I never got to attend the Tony Awards in person, but I try to watch them religiously every year. I used to have the time, inclination, and close family relative in NYC that justified a substantial trip to NYC every year, so most years, long after I moved back to California from NYC, I had seen many of the nominated shows. I, on occasion, even personally knew some of the nominees. I knew them back when, of course, when we were all younger and more struggly.
- GDF SUEZ Energy Resources donated Green-e certified wind power Renewable Energy Certificates to support the generation of renewable energy during the week preceding the Tony Awards and for the telecast itself
- Lipton Tea made it possible for the 2009 Tony Awards edition of Playbill to be printed on paper with 30% post-consumer recycled content
- Applica Consumer Products, Inc. donated 500 Clear2Go reusable water bottles with replaceable filters for event guests
- Goodmart donated 2,200 energy-efficient cold cathode light bulbs for the event gift bags. As part of the BGA’s greening effort, this bulb type is now typical of those being used to light Broadway theatre roof signs and marquees
- Hybrid vehicles are being provided for presenter and performer transportation
- Recycling bins are being provided at Radio City concession stands for plastic bottles and in production offices for plastics and paper waste.
- Radio City Music Hall has taken a number of steps towards reducing environmental impacts at their venue, including: a comprehensive energy analysis of the facility performed by Energy Analytics, resulting in an enhanced energy efficiency plan; recent installation of efficient lighting; and restrooms have been retrofitted with low-flow toilets and faucets and feature post-consumer recycled content tissue products
- The Red Carpet is made from 100% recycled material with 49% post consumer content
- The production/management company for the Tony Awards is using paper with 60% post-consumer recycled content
- The public relations office has posted all press materials online and, when needed, will print out all press materials on 100% recycled content paper
- Banners for the show were printed on non-PVC plastics and will be reused or recycled after event.
I love that they're reporting the post-consumer recycled content % of the red carpet itself!
Broadway is an institution, and one that dates back a century. The buildings in which Broadway plays are mostly old buildings, the traditions are long-time traditions. If Broadway, as an "industry", can step up and go green...what excuse do any of us have?
Tonight I'll be settling down to watch actors I've never seen collect awards for shows I didn't get to attend...and checking out how the new-fangled red carpet looks :)