Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about The Theatre Green Book.

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Do I have to follow every step in the Theatre Green Book method?

Yes. Unless you’ve already started on the show.

We’ve already started work on a show. Can it still be made to the Theatre Green Book method?

Yes. You might find it harder to achieve every target, but if the team’s up for it, you’ll still learn a lot – and that’s the real benefit of trialling. No one will judge you if you can’t do everything first time.

Do I have to register to use the Theatre Green Book?

You don’t have to, but we’d really appreciate it if you can register and provide feedback, so we can offer support and prepare case studies to help other theatre-makers.

Can we publicise that we’re working with the Theatre Green Book?

Yes. When you register for trialling, you’ll be able to download a logo, and some text to include in programmes and show publicity.

When will the final version be issued?

Once we’ve heard back from enough different shows. But Sustainable Productions will always be a work in progress, as theatre-makers learn and feed back how to work sustainably.

Do I need to use a Carbon Calculator?

Only for Advanced shows. For Baseline and Intermediate shows, we recommend a Materials Inventory – an easy spreadsheet which is explained in the Toolkit section.

How can I connect with other theatre-makers using the Theatre Green Book?

Send us an email and we’ll try to connect you with others in your area.

Who wrote the Theatre Green Book?

The Theatre Green Book was put together by sustainability engineers Buro Happold, with the help of theatre-makers who are listed in the acknowledgements. Final text and communications was by Renew Culture.

What should I do if I find a gap in the Theatre Green Book, or can’t work out how to achieve one of the standards?

Get in touch by email! This is a work in progress which needs feedback so we can work together to give theatre-makers the best tool possible for working sustainably. We need your expertise.

Is there an accreditation system for Sustainable Productions?

Not yet. There’s a logo you can download when you register. But we leave it up to you to judge whether you’re achieving the standards or not.