2017 Annual Report launched on #GreenArts Day!

9th March 2018

The first-ever #GreenArts Day, held on Wednesday 14 March 2018, celebrated the work of Scotland's cultural sector in creating a better world, the launch of the Green Arts Initiative Annual Report and the announcement of the Initiative's 200th member!

Green Arts Initiative 2017 Annual reportThe Green Arts Initiative Annual Report 2017 looks back at the work of the Green Arts community over the past year, and the incredible work being undertaken by members to reduce their carbon emissions and to make sustainability a core part of their work.

Read the full Green Arts Initiative 2017 report here (PDF).

Findings from the annual survey of members found that, more than ever, cultural organisations are exploring new and innovative ways of tackling issues of sustainability and climate change – in a huge variety of art forms (including the performing arts, visual arts, literature, film-making, heritage conservation and community arts).

“As part of our project Climavore: On Tidal Zones, we currently have nearly 800 oysters
in an oyster table in the Bayfield area of Portree. Each oyster can, on average, filter 120 litres of polluted water a day – so that means our oysters are filtering approximately 96,000 litres a day!”
ATLAS Arts, Isle of Skye

Green Arts community members are also mindful of the impact they have on our local and global environment, considering their own carbon footprint, and how to change their behaviour to reduce it:

“This year, we switched our recycling provider, utilising an on-demand service that better enabled us to keep track of how much waste we needed collected. This allowed us to lower the emissions of our recycling uplifts as we only got recycling collected as needed and therefore saved on transport emissions related to uplifts.”
GMAC Film, Glasgow


200th Member Celebrated

The day also commemorates the milestone of the community reaching its 200th member! After beginning in 2013 with 20 cultural organisations and venues in Edinburgh, the Green Arts Initiative now has 200 member organisations, spanning Stornoway and Stromness to Wigtown and Dumfries. Literature organisation Moniack Mhor joined the initiative in February 2018, marking the 200th member participating in the Green Arts community. Already strongly committed to sustainability, they built their own eco-studio several years ago. You can read our new case study on their work here.

#GreenArts Day

The report was launched on the first ever #GreenArts day – a celebration of sustainability in the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland! Take a look at the #GreenArts hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for an insight into the work of our members. We collected some of our favourite moments from Twitter here:

Read the full Green Arts Initiative 2017 report here (PDF).

The Green Arts Initiative is Scotland’s community of cultural organisations committed to reducing their environmental impact, and increasing their environmental sustainability. It is supported by carbon-neutral printing company, PR Print and Design.

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