The Green Arts Initiative

Run by Creative Carbon Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh since 2013, the Green Arts Initiative supports Scottish arts organisations to be at the forefront of growing an environmentally sustainable Scotland.

The Green Arts Initiative is an interactive community of arts organisations working to reduce their environmental impact and letting the public and audiences know what they are doing. To find out more about the benefits of the GAI, download the Green Arts Initiative One-Pageror see our annual reports at the bottom of this page.

We’re also hosting our annual conference this October for those interested in, or working on, green arts in Scotland!

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We have over 170 members across Scotland, and a huge range of members: from individual artists and collectives, to high profile venues and the premises of office-based arts organisations. 


To join the growing number of arts organisations working towards a more sustainable Scotland and become a member of the Green Arts Initiative, all you need to do is complete this form:

Survey Report SnapshotOver 2015, Creative Carbon Scotland began working to develop the GAI into a collaborative community of practice, with increased member communication and benefits. We asked our members about their ambitions for the initiative: what would best aid them to become more sustainable, and how they want the GAI to work! Click here to read the results of our recent member survey.




Conference Report SnapIn October 2015 we hosted our first ever conference for Green Arts organisations, entitled ’50 Shades of Green: Stories of Sustainability in the Arts Sector’. Over 75 GAI community members attended, with over 20 presenting in the conference programme. Click here to read our conference report, which summarises each of the presentations.

On 27 October 2016 we’re hosting our second annual conference!
Eventbrite - 51 Shades of Green: Action in the Arts Sector





GAI2015ReportIn February 2016 we published the results of our annual feedback form, in our third annual Green Arts Initiative Report. The report details what our green arts organisations got up to over 2015, their inventive ways of reducing their environmental impact, and their plans for creative continuation in 2016! Click on the report, or click here to read it for yourself!





Organisations signed up to the Green Arts Initiative:

Click on the reports below to read about our members, and their progress to date!

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The Green Arts Initiative is supported by PR Print and Design (a Scottish company dedicated to carbon neutral printing and sustainable supply chains for arts organisations), and Arts and Business’ New Arts Sponsorship Grants, which aim to encourage private sector sponsorship of the cultural sector.
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A project initiated by Edinburgh’s Festivals with key partners the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network

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