Sustainability

Sadler’s Wells axes use of plastic straws

Creativity and sustainability are central to the future of arts and culture. Which is why, as part of our ongoing commitment to being as green as possible, we have stopped using plastic straws across our venues’ cafes, restaurants and bars. These have been replaced by biodegradable paper straws, which are less harmful to the environment and will now only be available on request. Previously, we were disposing of around 3,000 plastic straws every year at our venues.

“Removing plastic straws is one of many measures we are undertaking to make Sadler’s Wells as sustainable as possible. We are delighted to join the Evening Standard’s campaign to help reduce non-biodegradable waste and raise awareness of this important issue,” said Emma Wilson, Director of Technical and Production and Chair of Sadler’s Wells’ Green Team.

“Other initiatives for our café and bars include replacing plastic cutlery with biodegradable cutlery made from corn starch, and swapping polystyrene takeaway boxes with biodegradable kraft board ones. We are also investigating alternatives to the plastic cups that audiences use to take drinks into the auditorium. We get through an awful lot of those, so we are looking to replace them with something much more sustainable.”

Sadler’s Wells supports air quality campaign

Sadler’s Wells staff encouraged drivers with idling engines outside the theatre to switch them off and reduce pollution today as part of the Vehicle Idling Action campaign. Supported by the Mayor of London and delivered in association with Islington Council, the initiative aims to improve the city’s air quality.

Four volunteers from Sadler’s Wells’ Green Team, the group of staff responsible for driving and monitoring our Sustainability policy and action plan and supporting environmental initiatives, took time away from their desks to speak to drivers outside the theatre, asking them to switch their engines off when not in use and encouraging them to make a ‘no idling’ pledge. They also thanked those drivers who weren’t idling. The volunteers were able to speak to a number of drivers and spread the word about how switching off their engines could lead to better air quality.

As a cultural organisation working locally, nationally and internationally, Sadler’s Wells is committed to reducing the impact of our activities on the environment, as well as to raising awareness of, and promoting debate on, climate change. We were pleased to take part in the campaign and contribute to lower levels of pollution in our local community.

You can read more about Sadler’s Wells sustainability policy here.

Images: Rachel McClure and Elsa Stevens with drivers they spoke to as part of the Vehicle Idling Action campaign. 

Herb planting at Sadler’s Wells

At Sadler’s Wells, we have a Green Team that makes sure that all we do is as environmentally friendly as we possibly can. The team is responsible for overseeing the implementation of our Sustainability Action Plan and meets regularly throughout the year to review progress and discuss new ideas on how to further improve our environmental performance.

One of these ideas was for us to have our own, Sadler’s Wells-grown herbs. And so it was that Emma, our Director of Technical and Production and Chair of the Green Team, and Elsa, Administrative Assistant of the Visitor Services & Estates team, came in early one recent morning to haul around sacks of compost in our courtyard and plant parsley, sage, thyme, marjoram, chives and mint in a brand new planter built by Ghion, our resident carpenter in the Building Services team. The wooden herb planter is on wheels, so that it can be moved around to make the most of the sun.

Those summer mojitos will taste even better, knowing the mint comes from our own, mini herb garden!

 

Image: the new herb planter in the Sadler’s Wells courtyard.

Sadler’s Wells soaks up the sun and turns it into electricity

What better way to celebrate the summer than giving your photovoltaic cells a good clean? That’s exactly what Sadler’s Wells has done this week, as we prepare for the summer months. With average highs of 28 degrees this weekend, the solar panels will be working overtime to gather as much light as possible to turn in to sustainable energy.

Find out more about Sadler’s Wells’ sustainability policy on our website.

 

Image: solar panels on the roof of Sadler’s Wells’ building in Rosebery Avenue, Islington, London.

Sadler’s Wells celebrates Earth Hour

Sadler’s Wells will be joining millions of people, landmarks and businesses around the globe in support of Earth Hour, the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on climate change, by switching off our external lights on 25 March 2017, 8.30-9.30pm.

A global movement organised by WWF, Earth Hour has been working since 2007 to achieve positive environmental impact through a number of initiatives, such as pushing for climate-friendly policy changes and lighting up homes and lives with renewable energy.

Join us in marking Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights for an hour. Find out more on how to take part at https://www.earthhour.org/celebrate-the-hour

Sadler’s Wells reduces its electricity usage by 10%

Sadler’s Wells recorded a 10% decrease in electricity usage throughout the building for the period from January to March 2015, compared with the same period last year. The theatre is undergoing an extensive refurbishment project aimed at improving facilities and energy efficiency. The second stage of development was completed in September 2014.

The 10% year-on-year energy saving is a result of a targeted investment in switching to more efficient technologies, as part of Sadler’s Wells ongoing commitment to minimise its impact on the environment and develop increasingly sustainable ways of operating. Works have so far included the installation of energy saving LED lighting, chillers and air handling units, as well as solar panels to generate power.

Sadler’s Wells’ Event Manager Georgie Smith said: “Sustainability is very much a key topic on the events industry agenda so we’re delighted to be offering such great facilities here at Sadler’s Wells. The refurb project has meant that we can offer the very best, state-of-the-art facilities in terms of tech-support for our clients, while also making sure that we have the procedures in place to really reduce our carbon footprint. We aim to achieve a total 12% reduction in carbon emissions by the end of this year.”

As part of its sustainability monitoring, Sadler’s Wells also recently carried out a staff travel survey, which found that 95% of its employees use public transport to travel to work. The organisation also offers a cycle to work scheme and cycling facilities to encourage staff to travel to and from work by bicycle. Other initiatives include the sponsorship of a polar bear through taxi supplier Green Tomato and WWF. Sadler’s Wells is currently working toward obtaining the ISO20121 sustainability accreditation.

 

Image: Derek Kendall © English Heritage