Siamsa Tíre Is Ireland’s First Theatre To Achieve Green Certification

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Siamsa Tire celebrates its Green Certification.

SIAMSA Tíre has announced today that it is the first theatre in Ireland to achieve Creative Green Certification under a scheme run by London based charity, Julie’s Bicycle.

Creative Green is the only international environmental certification scheme designed specifically for the creative and cultural industries.

Creative Green is an international community of pioneering cultural organisations that recognise and celebrate environmental best practice of events, venues, museums, galleries, festivals and offices/studios using the transparent and methodical Creative Green Framework. Siamsa Tíre was awarded three out of five stars based on points awarded for Commitment, Understanding and Improvement.

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The Creative Green Framework and Certification was developed by Julie’s Bicycle to bridge the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative sector through practice, advocacy, policy and training.

Catriona Fallon, CEO Siamsa Tíre comments, “This is a really exciting award for Siamsa Tíre.  Over the last number of years, the staff team, along with the Board of Siamsa Tíre, has been working collectively to combat Climate Change.  The work we have undertaken has pushed us to look at other ways in which we negatively impact on the environment and try to address these.  Our ambition is that our actions will encourage others to undertake similar steps.  The threat of climate change can seem overwhelming but working together, we not only address the challenges posed by this threat, but come together as a community with a common purpose.”

In 2017, Siamsa Tíre decided to formalise and implement comprehensive Greening Policies. The first step was to increase energy efficiency and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

With generous funding from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) under the BEC scheme, and our core funder the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Siamsa Tíre insulated the building, converted from an oil fired heating system to an Air to Water Heat Pump system and installed 40 photo-voltaic panels on the roof of the building.

It also replaced all of the building lighting and as much of the stage lighting as possible with LED lights. This was also supported by SE Systems, Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-operative (KSEC), Transition Kerry, Tralee Tidy Towns and Kerry County Council.

This year, staff working groups have been formed to start developing and implementing green policies across waste and water management, biodiversity, transport and travel as well as procurement.

Siamsa Tíre has been invited to curate one of the core themes at Theatre Forum’s annual conference in Belfast – Sustainability in the Arts Sector.

As part of this, Catríona Fallon will present a case study of the Greening project at this year’s Theatre Forum ‘Intersections’ in Belfast on Wednesday 20th June along with presentations by Ben Twist of Creative Carbon Scotland, Catherine Botrill of Julie’s Bicycle, and artist, Rachel Helena Walsh.

The Creative Green community has grown to over 250 certifications. Some of the venues certified in the UK include: Gate Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Norwich Theatre Royal, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Sadlers Wells to name a few.

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