Green Arts Initiative Spotlight: Out of the Blue

22nd August 2014

Out of the Blue Drill Hall is another one of our fantastic Green Arts Initiative venues in Edinburgh, just finishing a very …

Out of the Blue Drill Hall is another one of our fantastic Green Arts Initiative venues in Edinburgh, just finishing a very successful Forest Fringe run. The creative hub shared their thoughts and advice on sustainability with Creative Carbon Scotland.

CCS: What is your most recent action related to sustainable operations or programming?

OOTB: We most recently overhauled our recycling system to offer our tenants and building users a full spectrum of services, the only things that hit our waste bin now are items which are un-recyclable.  This has raised awareness throughout and  has drastically reduced the amount we send to landfill by over 50%.

CCS: What have you most enjoyed about being a member of the Green Arts Initiative?

OOTB: Being part of the Green Arts Initiative has been great for Out of the Blue providing us with the opportunity to meet with other like minded organisations to share, test and implement new ideas on carbon reduction. We also find Smeasure a very useful tool to monitor the energy usage of the building and tweak it to make savings and forecasts.

CCS: What are you most eager about for the 2014 summer festivals season? 

OOTB: We are currently hosting the Forest Fringe festival programme at Out of the Blue Drill Hall for the second year running. This is a fantastic partnership and event hosting a huge variety of entertaining shows, installations, speakers, music and interactive workshops to the drill hall. All the events are free to attend which makes it viable and socially inclusive for anyone to catch a bit of the alternative Fringe. The festival is very environmentally conscious with mostly paperless marketing,  a focus on alternative transport and power saving measures which fits in seamlessly with the ethos of Out of the Blue.

CCS: Do you have a top tip for new GAI members?

OOTB: Take the time to analyse your energy consumption and seek ways to improve operations, not only will this benefit the environment through reducing your carbon footprint it will result in savings for your organisation.

Recycle everything.

Go to the meetings, they are very informative and great for idea sharing.


The Forest Fringe took place at Out of the Blue Drill Hall 6-17 August 2014. 

Image: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. Courtesy Catriona Patterson.

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