For a long time the country has watched Hollywood go green crazy. From green documentaries to entire green television networks, Hollywood has paved the eco-path for the entertainment industry. Now it looks like Broadway is stocking their picnic basket and joining Hollywood on the environmental hike.
This morning an insider meeting was held to discuss a few green changes that Broadway has made (and will continue to make) to become a more sustainable art form. Dr. Allen Hershkowitz from the Natural Resources Defense Council joined Broadway producer David Stone and a few others to host an informal gathering about the future of Broadway’s environmental initiative.
Stone said that he was inspired after watching An Inconvenient Truth and immediately adapted more eco-friendly practices into his hit musical Wicked, including partnering with the New York Restoration Project (founded by Bette Midler) to restore a public community garden at West 150th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in upper Manhattan.
Broadway producers, organizers and theater owners from across the board were all present and spoke about ways they were planning to make a difference. The team at Wicked talked about how they’ve embraced a myriad of changes such as, consuming less paper by use of email, creating a hazard waste disposal pickup, recycling just about everything, incorporating the use of electric timers and replacing many light bulbs with eco-friedly alternatives. And that’s just the short list.
Dr. Allen Hershkowitz announced that the NRDC would be donating their time and services to make sure that in the future the Great White Way becomes more like the Great Green Way. The NRDC has worked tirelessly creating environmental awareness and even helped the Oscars and Emmys take the green route.
From what I saw today this is only the beginning. I’m positive that over the next few years you can except some pretty amazing changes happening all over the theater district. So the next time you’re in NYC show your support for the greenification of the theatrical community and go check out a Broadway show. You won’t be disappointed!