At Starcatchers we are committed to monitoring, managing and minimising our environmental impact. We are delighted to be a member of Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Arts Initiative , a growing networked community of 220 cultural organisations committed to developing a greener arts sector throughout Scotland.

You can read our full Environmental Policy here. Current initiatives and commitments include:

 

The Starcatchers Green Team

A small team of existing staff champion sustainability throughout the year. The team identify issues, however small, and seek solutions at every stage of activity to reduce the organisation’s environmental impact. They attend relevant discussions and workshops, including the Green Arts Conference hosted by Creative Carbon Scotland.

 

Travel

Starcatchers monitor and evaluate all staff journeys using claim expenses. The data collected is used to calculate and evaluate Starcatchers’ annual carbon footprint. We aim to work with organisations like The Woodland Trust & choose to offset our carbon each year.

 

Printed materials

Where printed materials are required, we aim to use recycled paper stock.

 

Artists

All creative team members are encouraged to be as environmentally friendly as possible when working on Starcatchers’ productions and projects. Through Playspace, Starcatchers’ artist development programme, we offer opportunities for artists to explore the positive impact of greener arts practice.

 

Activity in 2020 so far…

This year we held a Playspace workshop exploring the ‘role of the artist in a green revolution’ in January. The artists concluded that the role of arts is to bring joy, imagine CHANGE better and to make the impossible possible! Lots of interesting discussions and determination to make change and create greener futures for our youngest children. We look forward to developing this further.

 

The Starcatchers team also took part in a Plastic Free month in February. We didn’t manage to go completely plastic free but we certainly learnt a lot:

-We reduced our plastic waste by more than half.

-It encouraged us to shop locally and support other businesses

-It made us look into new ways we can reuse plastic e.g. ecobricks

 

How you can help?

We look to engage staff, artists and audiences with our environmental strategy and goals, asking for their assistance in helping us achieve these.

 

Public Transport

Are you coming along to see one of our productions, taking part in our Creative Skills training or maybe just visiting us at our office?  Most of the venues we work in are easily accessible by public transport. If you can, we encourage you to take the train, bus, carshare, cycle, walk…unicycle if you’re feeling brave!…great way to help reduce carbon.

 

Reuse, reduce, recycle

When attending our shows, projects or training, please use the recycling facilities provided (or ask a member of staff if you can’t find them!) Using reusable cups is a great way to reduce single use plastics and most venues will serve drinks in them.

 

Share your ideas

We believe that sharing ideas is an amazing way to combat climate change. As an organisation we have learnt so much by talking with other organisations, artists and early years practitioners. We are always looking for ways to make our organisation greener, so if you have any suggestions, please contact our green champion Natalie Gibson: natalie.gibson@starcatchers.org.uk.