Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company was founded in 2004 as a community-focused, socially-conscious, Equity theater company. Since our very inception, we made a commitment to represent diverse voices on stage, pay local San Diego actors Equity wages, health and pension, and focus on serving our community. However, in 2006 we started realizing that our socially-conscious operations conflicted with the reality that theater, as it is traditionally practiced, can be damaging to the environment. From the woods, paints, dyes and energy used to the seasonal nature of theater, our industry is consistently creating toxic waste at a high rate with each production. In recognition of this problem, and as a natural extension of our socially-conscious principles, Mo`olelo developed a greening initiative in January 2007.
Through consultations with LEED-Accredited Professional Preeti Gupta (LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards designation), our first step was to develop the GREEN Theater Categories and Sustainable Guidelines.
We realized that wasn’t enough, so in Fall 2008, Mo`olelo received a MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think it, Do it grant to research and develop a tool to measure the environmental impact of theater and help the industry make choices that do not cause long-term damage to our communities. We partnered with Brown & Wilmanns Environmental, LLC and adapted their “Green Choices” methodology to theater. Mo`olelo’s Green Theater Choices Toolkit was completed on December 18, 2009 and has since been used by theatres across the country.
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