This section of the website is a resource for Creu Cymru members. Originally created as part of the Emergence project through 2013 / 14 it includes some musings, ideas and information from me via my blog as well as other more useful resources and information. There are some great case studies from Emergence participants covering everything from starting a community garden to using rechargeable radio mics. there are also links to some great organisations with training opportunities, funding streams and interesting events that you can take advantage of. In the resources section you’ll also find the Creu Cymru sustainability toolkit created with Julie’s Bicycle and links to webinars and other guidance, help sheets and useful things.
Please let me know if there is anything you would like to share; opportunities, successes and challenges.Emma's Blog
We’re really pleased that Creu Cymru Emergence is one of the Case Studies in the Culture Shift report commissioned by Arts Council Wales to map sustainable arts practice in Wales. Find out more about the launch event and read the final report here:
The Creu Cymru Emergence Report
Right folks. It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the final Creu Cymru Emergence Report, you can download it by clicking the link below. It’s full of information about all the great stuff we did, the things that worked and the things that didn’t and some thoughts about what we’re going to do next…enjoy!
Some quick news
You might be interested to read about Julie’s Bicycle’s Sustaining Creativity Survey. There’s an article about it here on Arts Professional: file:///C:/Users/Emma%20and%20Gari/Google%20Drive/E2/Emergence/Websitecopy/English%20Copy/Leading%20environmental%20sustainability%20Julie%E2%80%99s%20Bicycle%20%20ArtsProfessional.htm
And the full report here: http://www.juliesbicycle.com/media/downloads/Sustaining-Creativity-Survey.pdf
The Final Event
So we had a great final event at the Centre for Alternative Technology at the start of June. For those of you who missed it we will be uploading the presentations and some video of the event in the Webinars section shortly. In the meantime here’s a snapshot of what happened via storify….
A great training opportunity from Cynnal Cymru:
This training offers leaders and managers from all types of business and organisations the opportunity to experience a fresh approach to engaging with sustainability.
Delivered as a partnership between Paul Murray, Associate Professor at Plymouth University and Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales, this event aims to empower participants to progress sustainability within and outside their workplace. To achieve this, this training is based around ground-breaking activities that will:
- Deepen understanding of sustainability issues
- Demonstrate how personal values can motivate pro-sustainability behaviour and personal wellbeing
- Demonstrate self-empowerment techniques that can be used to overcome self-limiting beliefs that often inhibit positive action
- Explore how self-leadership skills can be employed to enhance personal, business and sustainability performance
The End is Nigh….Our Final Event
So, it’s coming to that time in the cycle of any project where we have to think about the end. Or if we were being more glass half full, the start of the next phase of our journey together….Either way we are going to have an amazing event in June at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth to celebrate, reflect, share, learn, meet drink and evaluate all things Emergence. We will be setting up and Eventbrite page for you all to register your attendance on very soon but in the meantime you need to all get the dates in the diary.
It is so important that participants attend this event, It’ll be brilliant and well worth your time, there is no charge, accommodation is free and if you really need a bit of help with travel costs make your case and we will do our best to help…so really there is no reason not to come…
Here’s the draft agenda for you to see for yourselves:
More inbox joy…
So there is more joy in my inbox today that I wanted to quickly share...http://www.welshicons.org.uk/news/green-improvements-at-chapter-arts-centre/ this little article about solar panel installation at Chapter Arts Centre. Great to see different manifestations of sustainable development and just goes to show how varied the sustainability journey is…from programming to panels……
Spreading the word
So before the Easter break I received a flyer from one of the Emergence participants that got me really excited. It was some information about an event at Theatr Brycheiniog – a lecture by Emily Penn presented by the Royal Geographical Society looking at how the her experiences of island life may hold some lessons for the rest of us in terms of adapting to our changing world on a local and global scale.
For me it was great to have this pop in to my inbox as so often on Emergence we are talking about Monitoring or reducing energy consumption or waste that sometimes it is easy to forget that as arts centres we have the opportunity to also be catalysts for conversation and debate through the use of our public spaces.
The arts hold a unique position that we can use to our advantage – it’s one of the findings of the mapping report that Arts Council Wales commissioned which will be published later this year (and features Creu Cymru Emergence as a case study). This is something we will explore more at the final Emergence event in June – I hope you have the dates in your diaries – 3 and 4 June 2014!
In the meantime here’s the flyer from Theatr Brycheiniog maybe some of you will be able to get there to attend….
An Invitation – Gwahoddiad
Good Afternoon / Prynhawn da,
The Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) pilot is a Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) programme launching in June 2014. Organisations which install measures that deliver reductions in electricity demand can bid into a £20 million fund to help finance projects. You are invited to join Carbon Trust Wales and our guest speaker from DECC at a breakfast briefing to learn more about the scheme and how to access the funds.
Please see attached flyer with further information – hope to see you there!
Maer peilot Lleihau’r Galw am Drydan (LlGD) yn rhaglen sy’n cael ei lansio ym mis Mehefin 2014 gan Adran Ynni a Newid Hinsawdd (AYNH). Bydd sefydliadau sy’n gosod mesurau sy’n cyflawni gostyngiadau’r galw am drydan yn medru cynnig i mewn i gronfa £20 miliwn er mwyn helpu ariannu prosiectau. Rydych yn cael eich gwahodd i ymuno gydag Ymddiriedolaeth Garbon Cymru ac ein siaradwr gwadd o AYNH mewn brecwast briffio i ddysgu mwy am y cynllun a sut i gael mynediad i’r cyllid.
Os gwelwch yn dda, edrychwch ar yr atodiad ar gyfer gwybodaeth bellach – gobeithio eich gweld chi yno!
Kind regards / Cofion,
Opportunities coming your way…
So this week I will be bombarding you with emails with some great opportunities, resources and information but here’s a sneak preview of things coming your way.
Hang on to your hats its draught proofing time! Quite a few people have been asking about insulation and draught proofing, it’s one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy so what’s not to like? There is some great information here, at the Energy Saving Trust website:
And there’s even a National Insulation Association, it’s a one stop shop for all your questions with information about different types of insulation and a directory of suppliers that you can search by postcode!
So get insulating people….
Other things on the agenda for this week include putting the final touches to our big Emergence event at the Centre for Alternative Technology, save the dates 3 and 4 June 2014, participant participation is compulsory! I’ll also be sending you a link for some handy energy monitoring software. Monitoring seems to be a bit of challenge for most of the group so we are putting together some templates and guidance which will be available in the resources section of this site soon. And finally I’ll be getting in touch with offer of some further free sustainability audits from the Carbon Trust. Yes that’s right FREE ENERGY AUDITS so for those who didn’t get involved first time round this is a great way to take advantage of some expertise and get yourselves back on the sustainability wagon with a simple and site specific report and plan as part of the deal.
Telling the story
So there are a number of different projects and conversations that have come to the foreground in the last month which have made me think more about the role of the Arts and Sustainability. There’s the creative mapping project that Arts Council Wales have commissioned that is being led by Emergence Eginiad and Cynnal Cymru, the #Waleswewant conversation http://www.cynnalcymru.com/blog/national-conversations-wales-we-want the re-launch of the Sustainable Development Charter http://www.sd-charter.net/ and the No Boundaries conference http://nb2014.org/about/ being run as part of Arts Council England’s State of the Arts debate. All of which in different ways and in different contexts ask questions about the world that we want to live in, about our dreams and nightmares about the future.
With any project like Creu Cymru Emergence there is of course a focus on data, on monitoring, on energy consumption and the cost saving business case for Sustainability but we should be interested in more than that. We are interested in more than that.
It seems to me that Theatres and Arts Centres are uniquely placed to ask questions, explore ideas, expose attitudes and behaviours. There is an opportunity in the fabric of the buildings to be a meeting place, a place to tell stories, to understand something different about ourselves and the world that we live in. At the Creu Cymru conference last October we heard from the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury about just this, how a theatre is driving positive development in the community, being a leader in terms of supporting the provision of social care. So I wonder about our stories, the examples of where and how this is also going on in Wales. Afterall the concept of the milltir sgwar is in Wales’ DNA this local focus, this connection with place and people is important. Are we good enough at telling our stories? Should we and could we do more to promote and encourage all of our stakeholders to engage with issues around Sustainability? And how do we do this in a way that only the Arts can?
New Year…New Emergence – Money available from WRAPCymru
So we’ve welcomed in 2014 and now there are just 6 months left of the Emergence project. Time flies when you are having Sustainable fun!
Anyway, hopefully most of you will know by now that for the second half of the project we are concentrating on gathering up case studies from all our participants to help us share good practice and enable peer learning so as always if you have things to share, successes and challenges please just get in touch.
By now you might also have had an opportunity to look around these Emergence pages and find some useful information, I’ll be posting all sorts of opportunities here so please keep coming back… speaking of which this week I have been sent this http://www.wrapcymru.org.uk/content/recycle-go-wales how brilliant to start the new year with an opportunity to introduce a recycling service for your visitors. Not only can you contribute to Wales’ goal of 70% of all waste to be recycled by 2025, you can also continue to develop your relationship with your audience and tell your sustainability story. There’s also lots of useful information to help you make the application and a guide to help you work out which system would work best for you. Let me know how you get on….
Tis the season to be…sustainable…
So it’s that time of year again and working on Emergence I have been reflecting on the excess of this festive season. I know in my house every year there is waste that I could probably be doing more to recycle or even better preventing in the first place so this year I’m trying to take on some of the lessons of Sustainability that I have been learning in 2013!
It made me think about all the pantomimes and festive performances that are happening across the pilot group this winter and whether or not there is more we could do to re-use all those festive props, sets and costumes, whether they could be recycled into Christmas decorations for community groups, re-used next year somewhere else or maybe passed on to local performing groups. Our Sustainable Productions webinar contained lots of information to help participants think about Sustainability in the creation and touring of performance work. You can re-visit the webinar any time on this site just click through to the webinar pages and you’ll find a link to re-play the session.
Also while we were at the World Stage Design festival in Cardiff in September we met these people http://stagebitz.com/ doing lots to help foster this kind of collaboration StageBitz is a central online portal where creative and production teams of all kinds can come together to collaborate on their projects, share resources, make the most of their inventories to manage their theatre productions more efficiently.
Talking of sustainable production Emergence is planning to work with the Creu Cymru Dance and Drama Consortia on two sustainable tours next year as part of this pilot. I’ll hopefully be popping along to the meetings in March to start the conversation.
Sustainability isn’t a checklist….
So it’s been a busy few weeks for Emergence. We had a great event with the Carbon Trust on 26 November hosted by Wales Millennium Centre. It was great to catch up with some Emergence participants face to face but also to meet new colleagues from other sectors who are also working on developing their approach to Sustainability.
There were a few things that really stuck with me from the event I loved the story in the presentation from http://positiveimpactevents.com/ about the chocolate fairy that helped staff turn off their monitors at night; great, simple and tasty way to get people talking, and effect behaviour change.
It was also great to be reminded that when it comes to Sustainability there is no right answer. Everything is a balance and what works for one organisation may not be the best solution for another. Many people who are doing great things in this area don’t see themselves as Sustainability experts, they are just simply people trying to make a difference. We’ll be sending around all the resources from Positive Impact in the new year.
More than anything the idea that Sustainability isn’t a checklist but a way of doing things, struck a chord with me because Emergence is all about changing behaviour and getting people to think differently about their day to day working environments, it doesn’t have to be rocket science, small incremental changes can make a huge difference. So I’m hoping that the Wattson meters we have distributed to some participants are starting to help with collecting and analysing data better so we can start to see where some little changes could make a big difference. Everyone has also now received the interactive toolkit so I hope it has inspired you with some simple ideas and actions.
The Story so Far….
It’s great to have the Emergence pages up and running, I’ve been both looking forward to this moment and dreading it at the same time. It should be a fabulous space for all of us to share our experiences on Emergence, get support, stimulate debate and find interesting things. But it also sets me the challenge of keeping everything up to date, populating and posting fascinating things to keep your attention and writing my first ever blog…so please bear with me…
So where are we up to really? A quick whiz through Emergence so far and we have done a lot. Some of the highlights for me so far were a great first event at the wonderful World Stage Design Festival in September at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and an inspiring talk from Andy Fryers from Hay Festivals at the Creu Cymru Conference. But we have also delivered 3 webinars, 6 visits to venues across Wales (well done Lucy and Luke for getting through all that driving and not getting lost!) and a brilliant interactive toolkit. So much information to take on and new things to think about. I think it’s been a steep learning curve for me and some of the participants too.
Our pilot group is incredibly diverse which is great as hopefully it will provide us with lots of learning and varied experiences which we can take forward for the future, but it also means there are a huge range of challenges to get to grips with. So this week I will mostly be calling everyone to book in the first 1 to 1 sessions with Lucy from Julie’s Bicycle and researching a whole host of exciting and interesting events for our Go and See scheme.
In this section I will be sharing lots of examples of things that are already happening across the Emergence group. If you are pondering a challenge, grappling with an issue or if you want to shout about a success here is the place to find ideas, support and some people to talk to. each case study is simply a short paragraph, I’ve included which venue it came from and who to contact if you want some more information.
One of the focuses of the Emergence project is about peer learning, I know from speaking to you all that there is loads of knowledge and experience in this group so the more we can share hopefully the more we can do.
Hope it’s useful.
Coleg Powys LED Upgrade
Coleg Powys used a £125,710, 100% interest free capital loan from Salix to upgrade to LED lighting at their Newtown campus building. This is how they did it:
CHAPTER’S Community Garden
Abi Lawrence, Front of House Manager, Chapter Arts Centre firstname.lastname@example.org
How it all began
In October 2009 Canton Community Gardens (a group of individuals who are interested in gardening and environmental issues and are keen to organise activities that bring people together) directly approached Chapter with the proposal for the community gardens. Through research and consultation, the group had identified a need for green space in Canton and realised that Chapter, through its strong relationships with the local community and experience with carrying out similar initiatives in the past, was an ideal partner with which to work. Both organisations have a shared interest in how food is grown – Canton Community Gardens through their involvement in Riverside Market, and Chapter in relation to its cafe and programme; we promote Fairtrade and seasonally organic produce and our programme reflects this interest as we regularly show films concerned with responsible food production. A suitable site was identified directly in front of the main Chapter building, a site which Chapter had alternative plans for, but, since talking through plans and carrying out further research into the need, Chapter responded and decided to work in collaboration with Canton Community Gardens to create a new edible landscape for the benefit of the local communities.
The project aims
• Create an edible sustainable landscape on the city-side frontage of the main Chapter site
• Ongoing support from Chapter allowing the local community to lead on the project
• Appoint a designated Garden Animateur post whose responsibility it will be to work with groups, schools and individuals to attract people to the gardens and to carry out education / information work.
• Create an ongoing learning resource through the production of postcards and education packs to inform people about the food and the plants which are being grown
• To achieve recycling aims, use water butts to collect rainwater to use on the plants, as well as recycle some of the kitchen waste from the cafe in compost bins, to create new compost that could then be used in the community gardens.
Chapter was fortunate to be awarded a grant which allowed us to make a contribution towards the salary of an Outreach Coordinator, whose responsibility it has been to engage local schools and community groups with the activities of Chapter’s community garden. Roger Philips was appointed as the Coordinator and he now manages all education and engagement work in the gardens as well as managing a team of garden volunteers who help with planting and general maintenance.
Over the last 12 months, the role has been instrumental in carrying out the following tasks:
• Arranged for school visits to the garden – the role has managed to sustain relationships with local primary schools Radnor Road and Ysgol Gymraeg Treganna, but has also developed with weekly planting sessions taking place with two other schools, St Marys Catholic Primary School and Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch. Approximately 25 pupils each from St Marys and Treganna have taken part, 17 from Radnor Road and 12 from Pwll Coch.
• Setting up of free, twice weekly, ‘drop in’ gardening sessions which are open and free for anyone to join. These run every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and every Thursday from 10am to 12pm. These sessions are a great informal way of talking to Chapter visitors about the gardens and we’ve seen new visitors to the Centre, directly brought in via garden activities. We have an average of 8 volunteers every week all who contribute to the planting schedule.
• During the summer term the Outreach Coordinator has been in the garden every Wednesday to show children around – we run this as an informal session rather than booking in visits but many parents with young children come to Chapter on a daily basis and find the garden activity a great way to stimulate their interest in plants and food. Over 200 children came to the garden over the summer term. They were very enthusiastic and most tasted everything there was to eat, including the very peppery nasturtium flowers. They learned about the importance of bees, viewed the hives and tasted the honey.
• Created and organised a general planting plan for garden and one which schools have been able to take away and use for their own gardens (both Radnor Road and Pwll Coch have a small garden area within the schools).
• General garden maintenance including the purchase of seed plants and compost, organising the building of compost bins and new tables for seedlings
• The role has allowed us to better cross over garden activities with the wider Centre. Vegetable peelings from the Chapter kitchen are now put into a compost bin in the garden and WRAP is conducting a survey to find out how else food waste can benefit the garden. Artistic activity is also starting to be programming in the gardens which takes our audience out of the building and raises awareness of the gardens themselves. Several Theatre shows have taken place in the gardens, a bonfire will be lit as part of our Experimentica live art festival in November and a visual art installation was in place for 6 weeks during Artes Mundi 5 when Chapter was one of the locations for the city wide annual international art festival.
• As part of the Chapter garden, there are two colonies of bees. Groups of school children have been able to learn about bee keeping and a ‘bee cam’ has been set up for people to view through the Chapter website. Honey from the bees is sold in the Chapter café.
• Chapter took part in the Big Lunch in June 2013 – the event ran from 12pm to 4pm and over 150 visited with approximately 20 contributing food and drink.
• We held a ‘taste of Autumn’ event where we made pumpkin soup, tomato chutney, beetroot dip and various other things made from the produce grown in the garden. These were given away free to visitors from a stall set up at the front of the venue.
• Late summer pruning demonstration with Bernice Parker, Head Gardener at St Fagans, showing us how to prune fruit trees. This session was attended by 16 people.
Top 5 Tips for Improving Environmental Performance
Charlotte Lythgoe, Wales Millennium Centre email@example.com
1. START WITH THE QUICK AND EASY WINS
Energy efficiency may seem like a mammoth task and highly technical. This is not the case. Wales Millennium Centre has a small maintenance team and has achieved around 20% annualised savings through implementing simple measures including:
• Energy audits, i.e. identifying where usage is highest and identifying areas of potential waste. This has included walk rounds overnight by the security teams. In addition, key members of the team came in at 3am (when the building was not in use) to see what the real situation was. This was extremely useful, giving increased visibility to staff that management took the issue seriously and that through switching off any unnecessary equipment it would help us establish what the baseload should be. We also took photographs of equipment which had been left on and disseminated the information through to the teams. We are planning to repeat the exercise shortly.
• Scheduling the building management system to ensure that areas not in use are not being supplied with heating or cooling. This is achieved through engagement with the relevant teams and our residents who send a weekly schedule to our maintenance team.
• Experimenting with our heating and cooling schedules to avoid conflict and over heating/cooling. You should ask yourselves: can you cool to say 21 degrees instead of 20 or heat to 19 instead of 20? Also, can you turn the heating off in the offices at say 4pm instead of 5:30? There will be some latent heat build-up in those areas which should keep it warm until people go home, and as it is so close to home time, they won’t mind so much!!!!!
2. ENGAGE WITH YOUR WORKFORCE AND MANAGEMENT TEAMS
Many of the organisations we have shared best practice with say this is one of the hardest challenges. We have been engaging with our teams on environmental issues for a number of years now Getting the message right is crucial. When we first started we focussed the messaging to staff on environmental impacts i.e. global warming “save the polar bears”. With management we focussed on cost efficiencies. We still use these messages, but have evolved our messaging to encompass the wider principles of sustainable development. i.e. if you turn your computer off at night you will save energy (environmental; this in turn will save money (economic); this money can then be re-invested back into the arts and educational/cultural diversity activities (social). This has had a profound effect, literally a “lightbulb moment” for staff who can see where the money saved goes, addressing both the, “I don’t believe in global warming” and “why should I bother” factors. We have also undertaken some awareness activities, such as a picnic where people were encouraged to bring local produce, quizzes, lunchtime walks to the local wetlands area and the Energy Savings Trust setting up a stall in our canteen where they gave away free green gadgets.
3. UNDERSTAND YOUR USAGE
This is crucial. We approached our electricity suppliers to see if we could get half-hourly data. As we were on half hourly meters we found that this was readily available, which enabled us to look at areas of potential high waste. This was the first step in establishing an overnight baseload. From there we also discovered that we could make significant savings through modifications to our cooling system. We recognised that the centralised chiller units were being utilised during the winter months to keep some of the business critical areas, such as IT and dimmer rooms, cool. On evaluation of half hourly data it was recognised that a significant saving could be made by investing in separate air conditioning units for these areas. The analogy being you wouldn’t keep your whole house cold simply to cool your can of beer. You would buy a fridge!!! If you have a half hourly electrical supply you can get free data from your supplier. Many of the smaller suppliers now are implementing smart meters for gas and electricity, so it is worth approaching them to see what information you can obtain. Even if you can’t get half hourly data you can still glean a lot from taking regular meter readings. We still do this to ensure our billing is correct. We then considered sub-metering. The half hourly data previously obtained through the energy supplier had been very useful in identifying where improvements to energy efficiency could be made. However due to the scale of electricity usage, the diverse nature of the business and the savings already made it was becoming increasingly difficult to identify further potential savings and associated wastage through this data alone. We did not want a system, as some organisations had, which would monitor every small area of the business. This would have proved very inefficient in terms of staff time and would also have been expensive. We therefore specified certain high use areas to measure (e.g. air conditioning), with the potential to add more meters at a later date should we so wish. If you are installing sub-metering it is worth taking the time to talk to others who have the systems you are considering to make sure that you get what is right for you.
4. CHECK YOUR BILLS AND SUPPLY CONTRACTS
Not specifically energy saving but these measures feed into financial efficiencies and inspire management confidence. Sounds basic – but you would be surprised at the outcomes, sometimes. If you have a half-hourly meter there will be an availability charge – this is the amount that you tell your suppliers you will need at times of maximum demand. The higher the availability figure is the more you pay. It is possible to reduce this figure and each bill will tell you how much your maximum demand was. A note of caution: make sure you evaluate any reduction against times of peak usage and anticipated future usage. It goes without saying, but make sure you check your bills against meter readings each month. You need to make sure this is correct, as you do you not want to be paying too much each month and you don’t want a nasty surprise down the line either should you find that they have vastly underestimated your bill. Your energy tariffs are made up of various different factors including the actual cost of the electricity, gas or water and a distribution/transportation charge. It is important to understand the charges in order to ensure that you are not being overcharged. This information is not as technical as it sounds and you should be able to get it from your supplier. In our case our gas contract includes a daily charge. On audit of our gas contract it was found that the supplier had made a mistake and thought that our expected usage would be higher than it actually was – when we challenged this we received an adjustment and substantial rebate.
5. BUILD YOUR BUSINESS CASE
Once you have implemented all the ‘low cost no cost’ wins you may want to make further improvements which may entail investment, so you will need to build a business case. As an example, this is our approach to the case for LED lighting. On opening in 2004 the front of house areas had over 2,000 50 watt dichroic halogen lamps. We had been considering LED lighting for a number of years. Until 2011 there had been no suitable alternative that would provide lighting to the standard or aesthetic effect demanded by the Centre’s design principles. Lighting colour temperature was also a key factor to consider. That isn’t to say we stood still. In the meantime we found a 35 watt replacement, then a 20 watt infra-red coated lamp, followed in 2011 a direct replacement 7 watt LED. As the new LED lamps were significantly more expensive than the current lamps we had to present a strong business case. We found that when we compared the cost of the lamps to the energy savings the timeframe for a return on investment was too long (over 3 years) and we knew that we had to re-enforce our case. Therefore, we had to be more creative and as the LED lamps have a much longer lifecycle – we are told they will last 10 years as opposed to requiring changing every year – we calculated the maintenance costs and when we incorporated them into the business case we had a return of investment of under 2 years. There are other benefits. A reduction in waste generated. We also we have a number of cafes and performance spaces where customers come to sit and spend time, Any maintenance works leads to a less conducive atmosphere which has a negative impact on customer experience and associated spend. Additionally, take advantage of free advice – there are various sources including Julie’s Bicycle, Carbon Trust, WRAP and other organisations, both within and outside the arts. There are also grants available e.g. WRAP awarded us a grant to install recycling facilities in our public areas and evaluate our catering waste. The Carbon Trust awarded us a grant to assist us in scoping our sub- metering system. We were also awarded a Cardiff Council Keeping Cardiff Moving Travel Plan Grant to upgrade existing and install new bicycle racks.
Finally Remember environmental efficiency:
• is not rocket science
• does not take a huge amount of time
• saves you money
• enhances your reputation
And, Celebrate your success
Rechargeable Radio Mics – Oh yes you can…
David Walker, Technical Stage Manager. St David’s Hall. firstname.lastname@example.org
We changed our system a couple of years ago. We were forced to look around for a new system when we had to surrender the old one as part of the spectrum sell-off. We used to run with eight Sennheiser G2’s (sticks and lapels), and these ran off AA batteries. As part of the tendering process, we have to consider a number of factors (price, availability, support, etc.) and we decided, quite early on, that the environmental impact also needed to be considered. As with most venues, we were going through a large number of batteries, over the course of a year. We’d tried, in the past, to experiment with rechargeable batteries, but there were a number of issues with these. The batteries would develop a memory, were difficult to discharge, and there was no way of accurately monitoring the battery life. Obviously, this is critical when it comes to calculating whether or not it would get through a show!
We decided to look at replacing the Sennheiser system with a Shure one. We based this on the fact that our usual hire suppliers also ran with Shure. The thought was, if we needed to hire in extra for a show, it was better that it was compatible with what we had in-house. Shure visited us with their ULX-D system. This seemed to fit the bill, in terms of what we were after, but we were particularly taken by the developments they had made with their rechargeable batteries. They supply the system with Li-Ion batteries, and these are much more robust that the NiMH. They don’t lose their charge, when switched off. They seem to have no memory to them and will happily take a charge when they are half-empty. What’s really impressive, is the monitoring. The counter on the receiver and transmitter is incredibly accurate, showing the time remaining in hours and minutes. Brilliant for calculating whether they need a quick charge, or not.
We bought the system with eight receivers and eight sticks and belt packs. We bought 16 batteries, in total, meaning we always have a full set of spares available. Again, as long as you manage your equipment (putting things back on to charge at the end of the day, etc.) there is never any issue. Even in the worst case scenario, the transmitters will accept AA batteries, if all else fails.
The upshot? We have a great, robust, industry-standard system and our battery purchases have been practically eradicated. Good news for us, not so good for our supplier!
Green Dragon not just a standard but a process
Alan Thomas, Building Services Manager. New Theatre, Cardiff ALThomas@cardiff.gov.uk
The Green Dragon process has had a great impact on our theatre. Taking part in the process has given the staff great awareness of environmental principals and practices including the following:-
- Developing and improving our recycling
- Raising awareness of our environmental policy
- Opportunities for sharing information including notice boards
- Development of Green Dragon staff handbooks and training
- Monitoring and Analysing our energy consumption
- Documentation i.e. transfer notes for waste
- Trying to reduce waste
- Transport issues for companies and audiences
- Environmental targets
- Sharing and learning through Green Dragon meetings.
As part of the process the theatre has been internally audited and externally audited. The Green Dragon scheme isn’t just an accredited standard it is an environmental management system and I find this helps me to think about running the theatre in as sustainable a way as possible and to ensure we are complying with environmental legislation as well as saving money, and it shows our customers we are actively addressing our environmental issues.
At our conference in June we talked about Water usage and technology such as soak away systems. Wales Millennium Centre have been doing some work in this area and have worked with their contact Stephanie Williams on water audits and surface water rebates Stephanie has kindly agreed to act as a contact for other venues so please get in touch if you would like further information.
Business Customer Relationship Manager
Dŵr Cymru Customer Services
Linea, Fortran Rd., St.Mellons, Cardiff CF3 0LT
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As part of their redevelopment plans Theatr Hafren are looking at employing Passivhaus design. They were kind enough to share this information with us and if you have any further questions Lee Davies at Hafren would be happy to help.
As part of the final emergence event Carbon Trust led a workshop looking at telling your sustainability story. The presentation is available in the Webinars section of this site however there was also a useful FAQ’s document which is available below. This template developed with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama can be used to create your own public facing sustainability FAQ’s but also as a great tool and process for understanding how Sustainability impacts your organisation acting as a checklist or prompt.
sMeasure is an online energy monitoring and management tool in which you can directly enter utility reads in order to analyse your energy data. This enables you to analyse the energy efficiency of your venue in relation to local weather conditions and national benchmarks. sMeasure will give you accurate insights into the effectiveness of measures being taken to save energy and track your progress towards carbon reduction targets. Access to sMeasure is free to all arts organisations until 30th June 2014 through Julie’s Bicycle. From the 1st July art organisations will need to pay an individual subscription for the full analysis account. The subscription will be £100/building/year for venues with a floor area of less than 1,000 m2 and £250/building/year for venues more than 1,000m2 (+vat). However, the energy tracking account will remain free! This means you will still be able to record and monitor your reads for free, but you won’t have the functionality of weather normalisation and benchmark comparison. There is a lot of value in the additional functionality and we highly recommend having a go at the full software package, then you can decide which account to continue with from July 1st. Register for free using the promo code ‘jbmeasure’. Julie’s Bicycle is happy to arrange a call to walk you through the tool.
A guide to Behaviour Change
Recently I had a great conversation with the Carbon Trust about all kinds of things but what I was really interested in was finding some great examples of how organisations had changed their behaviour over time to really embed Sustainability into their DNA. We heard some great example at the Carbon Trust workshop (see Emma’s blog about chocolate fairies and what can be achieved by engaging staff and raising awareness. And there is loads more stuff here http://www.carbontrust.com/resources/reports/advice/low-carbon-behaviour-change I’m a particular fan of the “Hug, Smack, Nudge, Shove” matrix.
Creu Cymru Toolkit
This toolkit has been created specifically for the Emergence project and contains lots of information and resources for you to use in your organisation to help you on your sustainable development journey. It is an editable pdf so you can use it as an interactive document tick off the checklists as you go use the hyperlinks as you are reading.
An introduction to Sustainability – Training
As part of the Emergence project we are able to offer a free training session for participants who want some support to facilitate the wider engagement of staff across their organisation.
This session aims to introduce and further develop an understanding of the concept of sustainable development and provide an opportunity to bring staff together to discuss the organisation’s sustainability goals.
By the end of the sessions participants will be able to;
Define ‘sustainable development’ in their own words
Identify the links between this concept and their roles and activities
Discuss their roles in relation to the Emergence project
Identify actions that they can take to help the company achieve its sustainability goals
Feel good about making a positive contribution
Arts Basket is an innovative collective energy procurement service, launched by Power Efficincy, to support theatres and arts venues throughout the UK, The Royal Opera House was a founding member along with the Royal Albert Hall and National Theatre. Sally O’Neill, Director of Finance, Royal Opera House, said: The Arts Basket is a major opportunity for venues like yours to cut energy costs which are a significant overhead. We want to encourage other arts venues and theatre managers to consider applying to join the Basket.
This tailored service allows venues to cut energy costs by joining a collaborative scheme that reviews energy usage patterns and procures the best energy deal form the suppliers to purchase directly from the wholesale market. Below is a short overview of the scheme.
The only criteria for joining the scheme is that you must have a half hour meter. However Power Efficiency are currently looking to launch a scheme for venues who do not have this capacity, this should be available later this year.
Engaging staff – the why, the what and the why not of behaviour change
Dr Paula Owen from Julie’s Bicycle presents at the Creu Cymru Final event
Your Sustainability Story
Jonathan Pooley’s presentation looking at how we tell our sustainability stories, presented by Carbon Trust
Webinar 1: Introduction, leading on Emergence
This webinar is presented by Catherine Langabeer and is aimed at providing an introduction to the Emergence project and some discussion around the expectations of the project , what we hope to achieve, your role and wider organisational involvement.
The webinar covers; the project plan September 2013-June 2014; understanding and monitoring environmental impacts; Environmental policies and action plans.
Webinar 2: Energy and Waste management
This webinar is presented by Catherine Langabeer and Lucy Latham and covers energy and waste management, including the topics of understanding and monitoring; avoidance and reduction; and energy supply.
This webinar is aimed at Facilities Managers, Operations Managers and all of you with an interest and responsibility for the actual running and functioning of the buildings.
Webinar 3: Sustainable Production
This webinar is presented by Sholeh Johnston, Julie’s Bicycle’s Arts Manager and covers sustainable approaches to production, including stage electrics, set design and construction, waste management, roles and responsibilities, and general best practice.
It includes a brief demonstration of the Julie’s Bicycle carbon calculator for production, the IG Tools, and looks at emerging trends such as new technologies and renewable energy generation.
If you have specific questions that you’d like to address, please feel free to email email@example.com.
Maybe you have a question, or a challenge you are currently trying to think through. It’s likely that someone else on the project is doing the same thing or might have some previous experience which could help you – why not pick up the phone or use your email group to seek out support and advice.
We will be developing case studies and collating venue information to share across the network during the project and as part of the final report we will create a reference document that will track progress and enable each participant to benchmark their achievements.
Cynnal Cymru are a networking organisation that enables people to learn from each other and discover interesting good practice projects in Wales. They work with people and organisations across a broad range of issues – from climate change to economy and fair-trade to health. They increase awareness of sustainability issues and good practice examples, and raise awareness of practical resources encouraging sustainable living in Wales
Emergence is an arts and sustainability project developed by Volcano Theatre Company and Cynnal Cymru. It is a collaborative project that advocates creative practice for a sustainable future through hosting artful events and gatherings
IMAGINE2020 are eleven European performing arts venues and festivals who support artistic work that explores causes and effects of climate change. Our objectives are to increase awareness among the artistic community and the general public and to provoke change within the cultural sector and beyond.
World Stage Design Festival 2013 is a celebration of international performance design from the world of theatre, opera and dance. An extraordinary festival which in 2013 came to the UK for the very first time.
Positive Impact working to create a more sustainable events industry. Here you will find Training, Ideas, Guides and all manner of great resources related to Sustainability. www.positiveimpactevents.com
WRAP are working to help more people recycle and waste less. Practical advice, Case studies, funding and information. www.wrap.org.uk
Carbon Trust strive to nurture low carbon innovators while giving the best energy saving advice to public and business organisations. As well as offering the full range of Carbon Trust services, Carbon Trust Wales also offers a number of additional services specifically for Welsh companies and organisations, supported by the Welsh Government. www.carbontrust.com