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Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small Organisations

Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small Organisations

Greening The Wharf

Sydney Theatre Company, NSW

Under the leadership of Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, Sydney Theatre Company (STC) has transformed The Wharf into an international example of 21st century best environmental practice. The most comprehensive environmental program of any performing arts company in the world, “Greening The Wharf” has become a catalyst for the creation of a unique Green Precinct in the Barangaroo / Walsh Bay area and has established STC as a world leader in the arts in this crucial area. Since 2009, STC has delivered wide-ranging energy and water usage reduction initiatives, infrastructural modifications including the installation of an innovative rainwater harvesting system and massive rooftop photovoltaic solar array, and through the implementation of sustainable policies and procedures effecting organisational cultural change. Greening The Wharf is a practical demonstration of what can be achieved with commitment, proper analysis and careful planning and has become a high profile exemplar of the kind of action that all Australians can take in playing their part in combating Climate Change.

Comments from Judges

The Wharf is a standout initiative for the arts sector, commented the Judges. The work and thought they have put into improving the environmental performance of their site is impressive, incorporated with educating the patrons who visit the venue. The judges were particularly impressed with the initiatives under the company practices and processes and the articulated benefits that reached beyond environmental and economic, and included artistic and reputational benefits.