Sadler’s Wells will take part in Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March 2015, a symbolic lights out event organised by WWF, uniting individuals, schools, businesses, landmarks and public buildings across the globe to focus attention on protecting the planet.
The theatre – a world leader in contemporary dance – will switch off all external lights, including external architectural lighting of the building and signage, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, joining forces with thousands of iconic landmarks around the world.
Earth Hour has become a global event since it began in 2007, and last year 162 countries and 7000 towns and cities participated.
Joining Earth Hour is one of many initiatives undertaken by Sadler’s Wells in a drive to increase the sustainability of the building and its operations. Sadler’s Wells is committed to reducing its energy demand, CO2 emissions and waste consumption across all departments.
Emma Wilson, Sadler’s Wells’ Director of Technical and Production and Chair of the theatre’s Sustainability Committee, said: “We are very pleased to be taking part in Earth Hour. It is an important gesture and it reflects our endeavour as an organisation to reduce our energy use and commit to sustainable working practices. We will continue to strive to make further changes in the foreseeable future.”
Working in partnership with Islington Council, Sadler’s Wells has a waste management system to monitor general and recyclable waste. Additionally, 95% of staff at Sadler’s Wells travel to and from work by public transport, and the theatre has a Cycle to Work scheme to encourage employees to cycle if possible.
Later this month, photovoltaic cells will be fitted to the roof of the building to generate energy. Other works planned for Spring/ Summer 2015 include ventilation upgrades to the Lilian Baylis Studio, and replacement of boilers and the Building Management System.
Read more about Sadler’s Wells’ sustainability policy here
Read more about Earth Hour here
Image from Rasta Thomas’ Dance Company Romeo and Juliet