At Northern Stage we strive to make our building welcoming and accessible for all our audiences and for members of the public who come to the theatre for meetings, to see exhibitions, or to meet friends in our restaurant. We are constantly looking for ways to improve how we manage our building, to increase efficiencies within it and to actively promote our environmentally friendly policies and projects to encourage everyone to 'think green'.
In 2008 we received a grant from the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, through their Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), towards an energy audit and carbon footprint assessment of the theatre. This has proved to have huge significance for Northern Stage. Not only did the information enable us to implement a range of new efficiency measures and to make some real savings, it was also the catalyst for us to share our learning and energy saving ideas with our audiences, on line, and in a number of regional and national think tank sessions. Furthermore, championed by Edmund Nickols (Northern Stage's Operations Director) it helped to put environmental concerns and energy efficiency on the agenda for what have since become monthly meetings of the Newcastle Gateshead Cultural Venues (NGCV) Operations staff.
Soon after our energy audit we signed up to SMeasure, an Oxford University pilot scheme to monitor buildings utility usage and emissions with particular reference to cultural buildings. As one of the first to sign up we have substantial data to support any new methodology that we feel it is appropriate to invest in and are able to clearly demonstrate savings.
With enthusiastic staff involvement we have a proven success rate in our environmental policies, for example, through a staff recycling scheme we now produce more recycled waste than general waste, greatly improving our carbon footprint and substantially reducing costs.
We will continue to develop interesting and accessible ways to share our learning with our audiences and with the public, for example, by displaying 'green messages' and handy hints on our theatre's plasma information screens, thought- provoking key facts around the building and notes within our season brochure and on our website.
We also plan to run public tours of the Northern Stage building which highlight new 'green policies' and demonstrate how these can be adapted and adopted at home and at work.
More information on our environmental policies and future plans are available to download below.
Display Energy Certificate
Display Energy Certificate Statement
Energy Services Report
Carbon Footprint Analysis
Alternative Energy Project Evaluation
Sustainability Action Plan
Julie's Bicycle 2 Star Industry Green Certificate 2012 - 2013
Julie's Bicycle Industry Green Report 2012-2013