by Michael dEstries
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sydneytheatreCate Blanchett and her writer husband Andrew Upton have been credited with transforming the Sydney Theatre Company — and not just by bringing in top-notch talent like director Steven Soderbergh and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The pair have also turned the establishment into one of the greenest theatres in the world; with several ambitious projects on the board to be completed this year.

The theatre group announced last July that it will be installing a 2,000 panel rooftop solar system to be completed in 2010. The project is expected to make The Wharf (the building where STC is housed) use 70% less energy from the grid; and, at 500MW, turn it into largest capacity building-mounted solar array in Australia. In addition to this $3.7 million dollar project, there will also be efficiency upgrades in the use of heating and lighting — as well as a rainwater harvesting, storage and distribution system to supply all of The Wharf’s non-potable water.

Blanchett, 40, and Upton, 43, started at the theatre two years ago as artistic directors. They’ve recently agreed to stay on in their positions until 2013.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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