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WATERwise> Appreciating 1st days of rain in L.A. Makes me think of RainWater Harvesting. What’s it about? http://bit.ly/4eE0FA
TrashTrack >Sustainable Infrastructure for Waste. Understand REMOVAL-chain as much as supply-chain by SENSEable City Lab http://bit.ly/9vY25
WASTEwise > Ever wonder what happens to your recycling? Watch Burbank Recycling vid. Great co. that greens communities. http://bit.ly/1WIBlc
BRANDwise > Setting Sustainable Goals for your business starts with S.M.A.R.T. Urgency « @JesseStallone http://bit.ly/qw5jV
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I spent late Saturday afternoon on a very hot stage in Burbank for the REEL GREEN Workshop hosted by the Burbank Green Alliance (www.burbankgreenalliance.org/) which does a great job of consistently hosting free workshops to get businesses closer to zero waste. This workshop aimed to bridged the eco-production conversation between both the above the line and below the line players. What are the concerns and solutions that each department has that we can resolve or act on now that will continue to green shoots?
The three featured speakers included Lauren Selman, Reel Green Media (www.reelgreenmedia.com), who discussed the value of setting consistent, attainable goals to start your eco-production plan, then building upon that one goal to take on the next goal. And, most importantly, sharing those goals with everyone in the office or shoot. Josh Mark, FOX Network’s Director of Sustainability, shared about creating a culture of sustainability in your office like setting up an automatic computer shut-down and using green vendors whenever possible. Shannon Shaefer, EcoSet Consulting (www.ecosetconsulting.com), got specific on what it takes to effectively recycle and reuse, including placing the cardboard box that the printer paper came in under each person’s desk as the recycling bin. The event was moderated by George Kizis of Green Print Alliance (www.greenprintalliance.com).
I got the most insight from the break out sessions where everyone in the workshop broke into a smaller group based on their area of interest or expertise: Production, Catering/Craft Service, Electrical/Grip, Costume Design, Set Construction/Design and Special Effects.
PRODUCTION focused on educating both their clients and staff on the “Why?” of going green, a one step at a time plan and suggested eco-items to implement: get rid or limit the amount of pre-pro books allotted per production including a limit on how many times they can be shipped … put it in your contract so the client knows ahead of time.
CRAFT SERVICE’s biggest issue is water. How to supply bulk water? How to care for re-usable containers. As we know, there are extreme amounts of bottled water waste prominent on set. I told them about GLASS (www.giveaglass.org) …..
ELECTRICAL/GRIP: try Nila for lighting (http://www.nila.tv/). It uses no light bulbs and produces 80% less heat. Nila is a suggested resource listed in the GLASS Green Guidelines and the CA Film Commission. OK, the founder of the company was the presenter for that group, so he plugged his product ….
COSTUME DESIGN: They brought up a concern I hadn’t considered. How to deal with toxic chemicals on fabrics, specifically fabrics that are treated with a fire retardant? Flame-retardent chemicals (PBDE) are toxic. A possible suggestion was to design a special tag with the details of the chemical and instructions for proper disposal.
SET CONSTRUCTION/ART DEPT realizes that there are so many items left over from a shoot that can be re-used by another shoot or donated to local schools or community groups. Please FREEcycle (www.freecycle.com) or use a materials exchange service to get the goods out. Services like CalMAX (http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/CalMAX/default.asp) exist. We just need to get the word out and actually Use the service.