Cultural Sector Initiatives – facilitating creative ideas
RSA’s Arts & Ecology strand: a programme of events, essays and art work, and an online social network
Tipping Point – aims to ‘harness the power of the imagination to help stabilise the climate’.
British Council’s Climate Challenge Europe Programme
Long Horizons – a collection of essays about arts and climate change commissioned by British Council, curated by Julie’s Bicycle
Cape Farewell: committed to the notion that artists can engage the public on climate change, through creative insight and vision, the project brings together scientists, artists, the media and educators.

Cape Farewell’s 2010-13 Sea Change – A programme of works by artists focussing on Scotland.
International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies: Arts Council England and IFACCA worked together to collate examples of good practice in supporting artists or arts organisations with creative and practical responses to ecological concerns such as environmental sustainability and climate change.
Artists Project Earth: aims to create a better world by bringing the power of music and the arts to 21st century challenges. It supports effective projects and awareness raising initiatives to combat climate change and raises funds for natural disaster relief through selling music donated by artists.
Ashdenzien – Robert Butler writes on culture and climate change
Culture Futures: a partnership with British Council, Arts Council England, Danish Cultural Institute, Arup, Asia Europe Foundation, RSA to build partnerships and demonstate the value of cultural practice in responses to climate change.
Empty Shops Network – online initiative – a network to facilitate projects in empty shops and slack spaces across the UK. The Empty Shops Network is a loose coaltion, an informal collective, a timely coming together of meanwhile art galleries, pop-up shops, short-term community spaces, informal activity hubs, and temporary studios.
Helen Carnac’s blog looking at Craft in the Slow Movement

Cultural organisations’ digital developments for inspiring greater organisational/audience ecology sustainability

Aldeburgh Festival’s car share website

National Maritime Museum’s Your Ocean project helps teachers and school aged children through a number of activities that raise the importance of looking after the oceans for a more sustainable environment.

Set Exchange – recycling and reusing within the theatre sector

Regional Screen Scotland is in receipt of the first Sustainable AmbITion grant. Screen Machine is an 80-seat, air conditioned and 3D-ready mobile cinema which brings the latest films to remote and rural areas of Scotland. The Screen Machine delivers an important social role in taking new film releases to some of the most rural Scottish communities. Measuring the emissions of a programme will help to raise understanding of the low carbon agenda and also identify how Regional Screen Scotland can help manage and reduce emissions across its portfolio of activity. Digital technologies will be used to gather data from audiences and to create the algorithms and formulas for calculation of the CO2 footprint of audience and Screen Machine journeys.

Empty Shops Network – a simple online initiative of a network to facilitate projects in empty shops and slack spaces across the UK. The Empty Shops Network is a loose coaltion, an informal collective, a timely coming together of meanwhile art galleries, pop-up shops, short-term community spaces, informal activity hubs, and temporary studios. making use of resources that are otherwise underutilised. Recycling, re-using, renewing.
NT Live! (Met Opera Live, Glyndebourne, etc.) – simulcasting into cinemas across the country and internationally has changed the face of large scale theatre touring – did you know that Edinburgh-based Traverse theatre experimented with simulcasting, sending out to cinemas live some rehearsed readings of new works during 2011s Fringe Festival?
Envirodigital (see website here) had the privilege of helping National Theatre Wales set up as a virtual organisation and national theatre company in 2008 and 2009, and a core value of theirs was to be environmentally sustainable. We starting building an online only community as the company was born, where artistic ideas were rehearsed and incubated, and skills local to the potential co-productions were sourced. The online community remains at the heart of the company, co-developing artistic work, delivering projects (without the NTW core team necessarily having to be involved). People from all over Wales don’t have to travel to Cardiff every week to be closely involved – improving access, reach, connectivity and participation with the CO2!
Building on the NTW model, Battersea Arts Centre have developed an online scratch theatre platform (Scratchr) to enable artists anywhere to collaborate.
National Theatre Scotland’s award winning Five Minute Theatre (watch the webinar about the project) – originally co-produced by my other company Envirodigital – was created to show that theatre from anywhere can be shared and participated with anywhere else digitally: increasing reach, scale, and accessibility without emitting the 18 tonnes of CO2e a standard Scotland-wide tour would have created. The NTS show The Last Polar Bears has been toured round Scottish schools this year by bike – NTS have also created an environmental policy.

Set Exchange – recycling and reusing within the theatre sector.
The RSNO’s general policies on travelling by train and car share are well known and established, to the extent that they were sponsored by ScotRail – sending a great message to their audiences. But the RSNO are also considering how digital can increase their accessibility and lower carbon footprint.They used livestreaming technologies to perform a live concert with musicians scattered across the Shetland Islands. Some of the islands had never before had a full orchestral concert, and this was achieved not by all the musicians being in the same place, but by small groups of musicians being in different places, coming together through livestreaming technologies!

Stellar Quines Theatre Company have experimented with livestreaming rehearsed readings, and have recorded one of their shows as a 3D film, so that they can tour their work – digitally into cinemas. Watch their 3D filming case study.

Eigg box
encourages the global community to become involved in local making via digital technologies – see the AmbITion Scotland webcast on demand which features Lucy Conway explaining that exciting initiative!
Mull Theatre and Robert Burns Visitor Centre – recently opened, these were designed to be eco buildings, so use smart technologies to manage the building. As does Shetland Arts’ Mareel, but here digital technologies takes that one step further. Mareel has been set up to enable webcasting, live streaming and digital radio broadcasting throughout the building. AmbITion Scotland webcast from Mareel on demand features director Gwilym Gibbons giving an overview of the venue!

Cultural Sector Initiatives – facilitating organisational change

Creative Carbon Scotland – working with Festivals Edinburgh and Federation of Scottish Theatre members to engage them with Julies Bicycle toolkits.

Mission Models Money’s/Era21’s Sustainable Ability project: mapping the current response to climate change and resource scarcity and  understanding the practical and behavioural barriers preventing greater breadth and depth of response.
Mission Models Money Thriving on Less initiative
Theatre Trust’s Ecovenue Project – open to London performing arts venues wishing to improve their environmental sustainability
Greening Theatres resources and case studies for theatre professionals interested in tackling climate change
Better Batteries campaign resources :the music & theatre industries seek to switch over to rechargeable battery systems
Julie’s Bicycle running projects focussed on the music industry and festivals, as well as the theatre sector.
Industry Green – an online toolkit by Julie’s Bicycle for the creative industries.
SMEasure – University of Oxford’s free online business energy and carbon monitoring tool
ArtsEnergy – toolkit from Arts Council England to help organisations analyse energy use and energy bills.
Climate Action in Cultural Heritage: Bridget Mackenzie’s provocative blog
Envirodigital – ideas for sustainable ability using digital technologies, and working on Creative and Interactive Industries’ low carbon transition for Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Group.
The 2020 Network’s arts transition handbook: combines technical plans for reducing emissions with inspiring ideas for commissioning artists, developing new marketing strategies and ways of communicating to public.
MLA’s Green Museum’s project
Rural Museums’ Network Turning Green Toolkit
Scottish Arts Council’s Carbon Management Plan [2009]
2020 Network’s Slowboat Conference resources, which explored the environmental impact of touring, and new sustainable models for international artists’ exchange.

Cultural Sector Case Studies – organisational change
Arcola Energy
Northern Stage’s Switch off the Theatre initiative
National Theatre Wales’ sustainable digital development
Festivals Edinburgh Green Venue initiative
The Mill at Sonning’s Hydro Theatre scheme
The Eden Project
Grizedale Arts
Ionad Naomh Moluag” – Isle of Lismore’s Heritage Centre
Killhope North of England Lead Mining Museum – Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold award, Green strategy and team
Manchester International Festival – A significant international Festival that trialed the British Standard in Sustainable Events Specification BS8901
Metal at Chalkwell Hall: Located in the heart of the Thames Gateway regeneration area, the low-carbon Chalkwell Hall is a great example of how the renovation of older buildings can apply renewable technologies.
Museum of East Anglian Life – holistic approach including change to growth economy and wellbeing, social enterprise created to sell plants and produce from the Museum’s land in the shop, Tony Butler the museum’s director also blogs on sustainable museum practice.
National Museum Directors’ Conference’s guiding principles for reducing museums’ carbon footprint
National Theatre’s greener choices

National Theatre Scotland‘s Environmental policy
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester is the first art gallery in the UK to use an environmentally friendly and sustainable heating and cooling system.
Radiohead strive to reduce the carbon footprint of their touring through many initiatives
Royal College of Art’s Sustain programme, cross organisational project to raise issues and a showcase for work.

Julie’s Bicycle’s arts sector case studies

The British Council’s Zero Carbon Centre


Cultural sector-specific research
Julie’s Bicycle reports on managing the carbon outputs of touring (theatre, orchestras, bands); audience travel to festivals; carbon emissions of recorded music and CD packaging; carbon emission of digital music.
Dr Joe Smith, Open University, researcher on cultural discourse of environmental change issues.

General creative content created by the cultural and creative sectors, aiming to inspire the general public
Do the Green Thing
The Age of Stupid
An Inconvenient Truth / The 11th Hour
The Now Show presents Marcus Brigstocke’s Dr Seuss-style take on what happened at Copenhagen
Natasha Rivett-Carnac‘s article, The Artist’s Role During Climate Change, and other articles on the cultural response to climate change.

No Impact Man – blog by Colin Beavan charting what any one of us could do to have less environmental impact and happier lives – by trying it first himself

Reverend Billy – and his church of Stop Shopping (a radical performance community)

General Initiatives – to support organisational change

Environment Agency
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group – scenario planning for a low carbon future, with industry case studies.
The Carbon Trust – independent carbon reduction support – get help with sustainable travel: for businesses, fleets, audiences and customers. Case studies and webinars for ideas and inspiration

Energy Saving Trust – advice and support on energy saving and waste reduction for homes and businesses
The Sustainable Development Commission – the government’s independent watchdog (closed in 2011)
Transition Network– an introduction to the concepts, principles and practices of Transition around the world

The Carbon War Room – supporting entrepreneurs to create market-driven solutions to climate change

Ecomagination – a forum for fresh thinking and conversation about clean technology and sustainable infrastructure (set up by GE).

Sustainable communities online – US version of the UK’s transition network
The Ashden Trust and its awards: a grant-making charity that focusses, primarily, on environmental projects.

Clinton Climate Initiative

Zero Waste Scotland – helping businesses reduce and recycle waste

Scottish Business in the Community’s Envirowheel – a great guide to free environmental support for small businesses in Scotland.

Going for the Green – a Canadian site to help SMEs green their productivity – a global social network for sustainability

Ecometrica – accounting systems for energy, waste, carbon, water and travel, and their software for organisations wanting to account for their carbon emissions Carbon Guru

Imazon – Google Earth technologies used to track global deforestation

The Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy – advancing the concept of a no growth, steady-state economy

SOS’s Carbon reduction consultancy and travelhub (for lower carbon business journeys)

Scotland’s Renewable Energy Fund

General Case Studies – organisational change
Natural Step – A Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable society, where human beings live within the capacity of the Earth.

The Necessary Revolution, how individuals and organisations are working together to create a sustainable world – Peter Senge, et al.
Eigg’s Islands Going Green initiative and case study
Book: The Green Museum
The Green Tourism Business Scheme (and awards)

Green IT

Scotland IS, the trade body for ICT industries, advice on Green IT

ICT for Sustainability – UK green IT expo

TechWorld’s Green IT

Ecological sustainability – News and actions for individuals

Greener Scotland
Guardian – Environment
Green Futures
New Scientist – Environment
Rob Edwards’ Blog
Greenpeace blog
Friends of the Earth

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Footprint Network – data and methodology for calculating the earth’s capacity


Latest on sustainability – ecology, economy, humanity

Paul Gilding’s TED talk version of the message of his book, The Great Disruption

John Elkington’s Zeronauts – on getting pollutants and carbon emissions down to zero, and on sustainable natural resource usage

Prosperity Without Growth: Sustainable Development Commission by Prof Tim Jackson

Clive Hamilton – Requiem for a Species
Resilience Alliance – Panarchy
New Economics Foundation – especially The Great Transition
Climate Denial – a blog exploring the topic of the psychology of climate change denial

United Nations University Our World 2.0 blog, featuring an online resource library


Latest Science
Plugged In – The end of the oil age, A World Wildlife Fund Report, by Gary Kendall
Mark Lynas, climate change blogger and author of Six Degrees
DECC’s 10 facts on climate science
New Scientist’s Environment Instant Expert
Real Climate – Climate Science from Climate Scientists
See the changes yourself via NASA’s Earth Observatory

Sustainable development & politics
DCMS’ Climate Change Plan
Lib-Con Coalition’s Climate Change Programme
Department of Energy & Climate Change
Green Party
Scottish Green Party
The Constant Economy – Zac Goldsmith
Jonathon Porritt
Green Alliance – environmental thinktank

Renewable Energy Association – UK industry trade body for renewables

UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) – planned for 2014, headquarters in Edinburgh.

Small Green Footsteps
Julie’s Bicycle’s Green Music Guide – a How To… resource
Julie’s Bicycle’s Green Orchestra Guide – a How To… resource
Envirodigital’s Get digital, be sustainable blog
Freecycle – online network encouraging the reuse of all sorts of household and office items
Low Carbon Communities Network
Planet Ark works to show people and businesses the many ways they can reduce their day to day impact on the environment – at home, at work and in the community.
The EIRIS 2010 European Climate Change Tracker Report focuses on the activities of 300 companies listed on the FTSE Eurofirst Index and analyses both the extent of their climate change impacts and also the quality of their responses to climate change.
The Guardian’s personal carbon footprint calculator. See for yourself how changes you make personally and organisationally affect climate change.
English Heritage’s Climate Change in your Home website and toolkit

Recyclebank – an online network – earn points and get rewards for undertaking greener behaviour/buying greener.


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