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

Join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter @ChiGreenTheatre and use the hashtag #chigreentheatre to share your greening efforts.

Read the CGTA June Email

Green Tip of the Week: Almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine is used to heat the water. Cut emissions, usage, and costs by switching to cold water washing. Click to Tweet

Next Chicago Green Theater Alliance Meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 – 7PM
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.
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, 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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5th Annual CGTA E-Waste/Textile Drive and Costume Exchange

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance’s 5th Annual E-Waste/Textile Drive and Costume Exchange on May 31 – June 2 at Steppenwolf’s Garage Theatre. It was our biggest year yet as we expanded to three full days of collecting electronic waste, textiles, home goods, batteries, corks, CDs, and making costumes and clothes available for reuse at no cost. More than 300 people participated in the Drive, which was double the number of participants from last year. Approximately 2.5 tons of e-waste were collected and recycled by Garvey’s Office Products, and more than 100 large bags of textiles weighing 1 ton went to Unique Thrift Stores following the event. All of the collected e-waste and textiles will be recycled, reused and kept out of landfills! Read More.

Resources and Tips

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.


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