Green Award Winner

A front-of-house manager at Norwich Theatre Royal is one of the first people in Britain to be given national recognition for her work to safeguard the environment within the cultural sector.

Helen Tully has been presented with one of the inaugural Creative Green Awards by environmental body Julie’s Bicycle.

It follows the efforts of her and colleagues to cut carbon emissions and introduce environmental initiatives within the theatre, which also gained Four Star certification for its efforts last year.

Initiatives at Norwich Theatre Royal included boosting recycling both among employees and those attending shows, introducing push-button taps and dual-flush toilets to reduce water use, the use of rechargeable batteries for on-stage microphones, and encouraging staff to reduce car use travelling to and from work.

And the theatre is also looking at how other organisations reduce their carbon footprint further having recently toured Intu  Chapelfield on a fact-finding mission to discover more ways of becoming greener.

Helen was one of the first four people in the entertainment industry to get the new awards and be named a Green Champion by Julie’s Bicycle.

Jane Claridge, Norwich Theatre Royal general manager, said:

“We are delighted to see Helen recognised as a Green Champion.  She has been the driving force behind the theatre’s success in reducing our impact on the environment.  Since we started recording data in 2008, we have reduced energy use by 17%, reduced waste landfill by nearly half and reduced our overall carbon footprint per performance at the theatre by 22%.

Helen is committed to improving the environment and in her role as Green Champion, she helps us to find fun and practical ways to change our habits.   We particularly value her ability to share her enthusiasm with the staff, and to inspire us to reduce, reuse and recycle, both at work, and at home.”

The awards were presented at London’s Somerset House by Caroline Lucas, co-leader of The Green Party and the MP for Brighton, and were open to over 50 arts organisations across the country.

Alison Tickell, CEO of Julie’s Bicycle, said:

“These awards are celebrating some of the most outstanding cultural organisations in the country. These pioneering arts organisations have been doing brilliant work combining brilliant actions with inspirational ideas.”