NIDA is reducing the carbon footprint of student productions by changing the way we design, create and produce creative works. Upon graduation, NIDA students will be able to use and share these skills within the creative industries as a practical response to the climate crisis.
Guided by NIDA’s Sustainability Manager and using the Theatre Green Book (TGB) as a working framework, the goal is to incrementally reduce the carbon footprint of student productions. We also aim to teach through practice how to create carbon neutral and even carbon positive productions.
For the June and October seasons, NIDA production teams are provided with briefings and resources to help guide sustainable production practices. We have also undertaken high-level carbon calculations of some recent student productions by working with former NIDA Sustainability Manager Grace Nye-Butler and NIDA industry tutor Chris Mercer, both now with the Theatre Green Book Australia.
As NIDA continues to track and monitor student productions over subsequent seasons, the data and insights collected will help to inform NIDA’s policies, training, systems design and budgets.