What can we concretely do in our cultural institutions regarding how we manage our physical spaces and our production and presentation practices? Ben Twist from the Creative Carbon Scotland (UK) shared his thoughts as keynote speaker at the Forum “Creativity for Sustainability” (Sept. 2022).
1. Monitor and reduce our organisational heating and cooling usage.
2. Understand who makes the decisions around energy usage in our spaces and figure out when what is running and why. Programming and operational needs should be aligned with sustainability!
3. Maintain our buildings and venues to run efficiently.
4. Lower emissions from travel and transport where possible and consider who travels where and why.
5. Have internal staff track their emissions on their expense claims (e.g., www.claimexpenses.com).
6. Look at our audience’s emissions to/from events, what new practices can be implemented?
7. Try to move certain activities to a different season to minimise energy use (and costs) and maximise impact (better working conditions, low-energy comfort for audiences, minimised disruptions from adverse weather).
8. Consider how our venues can be a “place of refuge” for our communities during extreme weather.
9. Go deeper into examining our audience’s practices and promote a change in the climate in that regard. We might even lower the negative aspects of cultural tourism (as in the case of Edinburgh).
10. Tell the stories of sustainability with our actions and our words.