Sustainability in Theater: People, Planet, Profit, Purpose
April 30 – May 1, 2012
In person: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Through live webcast and Google+ collaboration: anywhere in the world



Discount for members of

  • Minnesota Theater Alliance
  • Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts
  • Theatre Communications Group

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Inspiration, innovation, and tangible learning from around the world on how greener practices can make your work and our communities more sustainable. From energy efficiency to waste reduction, from greener gear to smarter business models, from eco-influenced art to mission alignment, there will be inspiration, learning and collective action for every department of your organization.

Day 1 will feature Keynote and Natural Step Framework interactive workshop by Terry Gips, CEO of Sustainability Associates and President of the Alliance for Sustainability; plus a series of case studies presented by innovators in our field from around the world, moderated by Ian Garrett, director of the Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts. All presentations will be live Webcast by QwikCast.

Day 2 will feature peer-to-peer breakout sessions, attended by local experts, focusing on collective action. Concurrent breakouts will be conducted across the country through regional partners, with national collaboration facilitated through Google+ Hangout On Air. All conference activities will model remote collaboration technology and techniques.

Presenting organizations include:

  • Sustainabilty Associates: presenters of the Natural Step Framework, created in Sweden in 1989 and brought to the US in the mid 90s by Ecology of Commerce author Paul Hawken and MIT learning organization leader Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline.
  • Broadway Green Alliance (New York): helped convert 97% of Broadway’s marquees to LED technology
  • Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts (Los Angeles): working on SHOPLAB, a materials reuse and sharing facility; gathering and distributing information through the CSPA Knowledge Network; and developing curriculum through the CSPA Institute.
  • York University (Toronto): developing the Theatre Artisans Green Skills forum
  • Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company (San Diego): published the Green Theater Choices Toolkit
  • Childsplay (Arizona): host of the Sustainability in Stagecraft conference, 2009
  • Earth Matters on Stage: presenter of ecodrama playwrights festival and symposium
  • Center for Energy and the Environment: providing practical, innovative, energy solutions for homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and government

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Presented by Minnesota Theater Alliance and the Twin Cities Sustainable Theatres Group, in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts and Theatre Communications Group.
Hosted by Brave New Workshop. With support from Sustainability Associates and the Alliance for Sustainability. Webcasting by QwikCast. Graphic design by Kelsye A. Gould.

Minnesota Theater Alliance Theatre Communications Group Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts Brave New Workshop
Sustainability Associates Alliance for Sustainability QwikCast Kelsye A. Gould Design

The SIT Conference Task Force
John Bueche, Bedlam Theatre
Leah Cooper, Minnesota Theater Alliance
Kat Duvic, Brave New Workshop
Erin Farmer, Brave New Workshop
Ian Garrett, Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts
Todd Hintz, Guthrie Theater
Elena Imaretska, Brave New Workshop
Ellen Jones, Bemidji State University
Jenna Papke, Minnesota Theater Alliance
Jill Underwood, Guthrie Theater
Alicia Wold, CostumeRentals