Green Arts Competition: Winner Announced!
In July 2018 we hosted a small competition for Green Arts Initiative members - today we announce the winner, and the idea that won them the prize!
Earlier this year, Creative Carbon Scotland was a runner-up in the Sustrans Scotland ‘ Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge‘, coming joint-1st in the category of organisations with less than 20 employees. As well as a now-proudly-displayed certificate, we also won the opportunity to donate £50 to a charity of our choice! We discussed it as team, and decided we wanted to use the donation to help support the sustainability work of the cultural sector.
We decided to run a small competition for the members of our Green Arts Initiative – all Scottish-based cultural organisations committed to reducing their environmental impact – asking for submissions of ideas which tackled environmental sustainability in a small or a big way!
The Winning Idea
We had some really interesting and innovation entries, but after a serious deliberation process in the Creative Carbon Scotland office, it was Georgie, part of the Green Team at Edinburgh International Book Festival, whose submission was chosen as the winning idea:
“My idea is to send out letters of thanks to donors on seed/plantable paper. When the wildflowers bloom they would be reminded of the Book Festival and Charlotte Square Gardens, where the Festival is held each year. This will also spread wildflowers across the UK to support bee populations.”
Although there were some other fantastic contending ideas, there were a few reasons why we chose this idea from those submitted:
- We liked that it seeks to involve donors in the sustainability work of a cultural organisation – environmental sustainability is still rarely something discussed with funders and partners, but engaging those who support cultural work is another key way for us to influence our wider society.
- We liked that it involves taking a creative approach to an existing practice – this idea isn’t necessarily about starting a new project entirely, but rather about bringing a new sustainability dimension to something already happening in the organisation.
- We liked that it is specific to the nature of the organisation – Edinburgh International Book Festival is known for it’s unique setting, and we think that attributing sustainability and the very physical setting of the Festival is a great way to embed green work going forward!
The Green Work of Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival has been part of the Green Arts Initiative for a number of years, working on reducing their environmental impact across energy, waste, water and travel, and expanding the ways through with they engage their contributors, audiences, staff and supplier in sustainability. In 2018, part of their artistic programme is entitled ‘Our Planet and Us‘ directly featuring discussions focused on exploring how our society interacts with nature.
You can read about their environmental policy and action plan, and see some examples of how they are increasing their environmental sustainability on their ‘Going Green’ pages on their website.
We hope winning this wee Green Arts Prize helps push their green work even further!
Our Green Arts Initiative
The Green Arts Initiative is a networked community of practice, made up of over 200 cultural organisations in Scotland committed to reducing their environmental impact.
Free to join, the community is working on everything from reducing their carbon emissions, to engaging staff, to producing artistic work that tackles climate change head-on.
We provide monthly updates for members on the news, events and opportunities which support their work as Green Champions, as well as programming our annual Green Arts Conference (this year on 7 November) and providing year-round advice.
Find out more (and join!) on our Green Arts Initiative project page.