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Bryan Cranston, Alan Cumming and others lead the charge is making Broadway environmentally friendlyBryan Cranston, Alan Cumming and others lead the charge is making Broadway environmentally friendly

Bryan Cranston, Alan Cumming 'Green Captains' on Broadway

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The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) has worked with theaters over the last five years to make productions more environmentally friendly. The alliance is now expanding its focus to help theaters across the U.S. do the same.

As an example, BGA helped bring energy efficient lighting to the dense stretch of theaters known as The Great White Way. The change is estimated to save about 700 tons of carbon emissions per year.

Beyond the lights, Broadway theaters have switched to sustainable cleaning products and greener appliances. They also established recycling programs and water filtration systems.

Each show is assigned a member of BGA whose job is to assist in bringing environmentally friendly practices behind the scenes. “Green Captains,” as the members are called, include Bryan Cranston, Alan Cumming and other Broadway stars.

Another change that has made a significant environmental impact was switching from disposable to rechargeable batteries. The show “Wicked” had been using 38 batteries for every performance. It now uses 96 rechargeable batteries for a whole year.

“The single most important thing we can do to help save the planet is to change cultural assumptions and attitudes about how we should relate to Planet Earth,” Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist at the National Resources Defense Council and co-founder of BGA, told EcoBusiness. “By promoting energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction, water conservation and other smart operations, theaters and productions will help keep our nation’s air and water clean, reduce their contribution to global warming and achieve cost saving benefits at the same time.”

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