SAG Awards honored for green efforts again

Oct 18, 2011 by Ian Evans

The carpet may be red, but as we’ve mentioned before, the Screen Actors Guild Awards® do their utmost to be green.

For the third consecutive year, the SAG Awards have been honoured with the Environmental Media Association (EMA)’s Green Seal, which recognizes a production’s outstanding efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness. The 2011 ceremony was given the honour at the 21st Annual EMA Awards on Saturday, October 15, at Warner Brothers Studios.

The EMA, in recognizing the SAG Awards, said, “Congratulations to SAG and Jeff Margolis Productions for their ongoing efforts to green the prestigious SAG Awards for the third year in a row. The production team built upon their environmental program from 2009 and 2010, which included a comprehensive recycling and composting program, local and organic menu, reused stage components, red carpets and sustainable procurement, as well as a no-idling zone around the Shrine Auditorium. This year’s additional green initiatives included an online digital press kit, electronic ballots (as opposed to the paper ballots distributed in 2010), iTunes distribution for many films and reusable water bottles. SAG’s dedication to reducing the Awards’ environmental footprint has allowed them to achieve a nearly zero-waste event. In addition, SAG has limited production printing and is using double-sided printing wherever possible. SAG is also committed to greening their headquarters in Los Angeles and has embarked on a progressive program to reduce the environmental footprint of the organization’s office operations.”

The EMA also gave a shout out to SAG Awards executives who spearheaded the environmental efforts like Kathy Connell, Producer; Mick McCullough, Supervising Producer; Benn Fleishman, Executive in Charge of Production; Jon Brockett, Awards Coordinating Producer; Chris Carr, Production Manager and Carrie White, Publicity Manager.

As someone who covers the SAG Awards ceremony, I’d like to add my personal congrats. When we went to LA this year to attend them, we didn’t even rent a car and actually arrived in a hybrid taxi. I guess we were inspired.

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 29, 2012. Stick with for full Screen Actors Guild Awards coverage.