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.

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The Chicago Green Theatre Alliance will be hosting the 4th Annual E-Waste/Textile Drive and Costume Exchange for the Chicago theatre community on Friday, May 11th (9AM-6PM) and Saturday, May 12th (9AM-6PM) at Steppenwolf’s Merle Reskin Garage Theatre (1624 N. Halsted). Get rid of your unused costume inventory, shoes and accessories, batteries, and e-waste (bring anything that plugs in or uses a battery except old TVs and CRT monitors) and we'll recycle them for you. Get FREE costumes, shoes and accessories for your next production. Please pass along to your costume shop and designers.
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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.