My wife sometimes works late nights, and last night I found myself working late on the computer while I waited for her to come home. I was pecking around, looking and looking for more information on the greening of theater, fully expecting to come up with the usual suspects. But, for some unknown reason, a new lead developed, and I stumbled on a link to the site of the Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego.
It turns out that Mo’olelo has crafted what they call their GREEN Theater Categories & Sustainable Guidelines (GTCSG), which I encourage you to check out. It may in fact be the first realized draft of what so many people have been talking about, and (in some cases) already implementing. The beauty of Mo’olelo’s GTCSG is that it’s there, spelled out for you. It should be widely distributed. If nothing else, it will give interested theaters a starting point–even those who have already begun to trod the path of sustainability, since few (if any) of them have managed to draft such a document.
The GTCSG is by no means comprehensive, and some of it seems like a warmed over regurgitation of other guidelines, but that’s of no import whatsoever. It is there, written out in plain English for all to see, and I hope that many people do see it–and put the words into action. Fortunately, Seema Sueko, the artistic director of Mo’olelo has the same hopes: “We definitely created them to be shared and improved upon,” she wrote here on ecoTheater.
So, check them out. Improve them if you can. Tweak them to fit the circumstances of your theater. And then use them.