Chicago Green Theatre Alliance

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The Chicago Green Theatre Alliance encourages, educates, and motivates theatres to work together to adopt more environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of their organizations.

Green Tip of the Week: Create a Sustainability Team, Green Team or Green Committee within the theatre. This cross-departmental team is the group that can set out goals, measure outcomes and champion the initiatives at all levels of the organization.

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Follow us on Twitter @ChiGreenTheatre and use the hashtag #chigreentheatre to share your greening efforts.

4th Annual CGTA E-Waste/Textile Drive and Costume Exchange Report

Thank you to everyone that participated in our 4th annual E-waste/Textile Drive and Costume Exchange at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre on May 11 and 12, 2018! It was an exciting and busy couple days and lots of good work was done throughout the theatre community to keep e-waste, textiles and batteries out of landfills. Click here to read our 2018 Drive Report.

Next Chicago Green Theatre Alliance Meeting

Help us make Chicago theatre greener! Join us for the next meeting of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance and help push our CGTA initiatives forward. We'll gather to hear a guest speaker, discuss results from our e-waste and textile drive, and share new ideas and bright spots. Actors, administrators, designers, technicians, stage managers, production managers and anyone that is interested in helping Chicago theatres adopt more environmentally-friendly practices is welcome!

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Learn about the creation of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance.


Here are some local and national resources that can help with recycling, upcycling, buying greener products or learning more about how to be greener.


Based on research, literature review and the needs and interests expressed by the theatre community, the following provides a guide to theatre greening practices. Organized by shop or department, the tips below represent a range of suggestions and tools to improve a theatre’s environmental performance; the most important thing being to simply get started. One of the barriers to getting started is the overwhelming amount of information contained in three tool kits: Julie’s Bicycle IG Tools, NRDC/BGA Greening Advisor and Mo’olelo toolkit. What follows is a compilation of some of the most easily implemented tips culled from all three toolkits.


Contact information and meeting notes for the four working committees of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance.