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Hollywood Goes Green
"According to a study prepared by the Integrated Waste Management Board, Hollywood has produced more air pollution than the hotel, apparel, and aerospace industries combined. Second only to petroleum refineries, the entertainment industry ranks third in greenhouse gas emissions."
This fascinating green fact is provided by the Producer's Guild of America on its PGA Green website.
Yup, Hollywood is going green. The same group has introduced another website, the Green Production Guide, http://www.greenproductionguide.com/ which offers a database of over 1,100 vendors offering sustainable and energy saving products and services available to film and television producers and their crews. The site received funding and support from Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Warner Bros.
The database is searchable by category--car services, catering, décor, for example plus 15 different kinds of recycling--by department or keyword and geographic location. Listings are still a tad skimpy but there are other resources: a list of best practices and a carbon calculator that measures the effect of green practices on a production's carbon footprint.
More green facts; these are fun.
"On the set of "Zombieland," star Woody Harrelson insisted on washable silverware rather that disposable plastic. In fact, he only agreed to be in the movie if the director agreed to make the shoot green!
The filmmakers of "The Day After Tomorrow" paid $200,000 for the planting of trees to offset the carbon dioxide emissions caused by vehicles, generators, and other machinery
Sony has installed solar panels on the roof of the Jimmy Stewart building that account for about 1 percent of the lot's energy.
On the film "Away We Go," crew members used garlic instead of toxic chemicals to fight mosquitoes on location.
Paramount is constructing a chilled water plant that utilizes 50 percent less energy.
Do the math: 120 crew members x four bottles of water a day x 44 shoot days = 21,120 bottles of water. That's $6000+, even if you get 'em from Costco by the shrink-wrapped case.
The stats on the 2009 Sean Penn, Naomi Watts film, "Fair Game":
16.9 oz. Plastic Water Bottles NOT Used: 7,930
Total Composted Waste: 2,155 lbs
Total Recycled Waste: 117 cubic yards
Total Recycled Set Materials: 7.5 tons
Film NOT Shot and Processed (Estimate): 640,000 feet"