STC Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett with the Hon Frank Sartor MP at last week's Green Globe Awards.

Former STC General Manager, Rob Brookman, and House Services Manager, Martyn Nightingale, checking progress on installation of solar panels.


Sydney Theatre Company wins top environmental awards*

Sydney Theatre Company has won two categories at the 2010 Green Globe Awards, one of Australia’s leading arenas for the recognition of environmental achievement.

The awards received were:

The NSW Premier’s Award for Sustainability — the top award for the best overall nominee, as selected by the judging panel.

Community Sustainability Award — best non-profit organisation which is motivating the community to achieve sustainability goals.

This is a major acknowledgement for Artistic Directors Andrew Upton’s and Cate Blanchett’s vision to transform the company’s heritage-listed home, The Wharf, into an international example of 21st- century best environmental practice.

The judges believe that Sydney Theatre Company’s Greening The Wharf program is an outstanding example of how Australians can help combat climate change.

They were particularly impressed by the company’s steps to:

Create a practical demonstration of what can be achieved with commitment, analysis and careful planning.

Be a catalyst for development a unique green precinct in the Hungry Mile–Barangaroo–Walsh Bay–Rocks area.

Promote the greening project to the company’s audience as well as to the wider community.

 “It is very gratifying to receive these awards, which recognise the hard work of many at Sydney Theatre Company,” said Andrew Upton.

Greening The Wharf has been made possible through a unique combination involving philanthropy, corporate support and Government funding. Its success shows how much traction there is between the arts and environmental awareness, and we’re thrilled to receive this acknowledgement.”

The 2010 Green Globe Award winners were announced last week at a gala ceremony hosted at Parliament House by the Hon Frank Sartor MP, NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment.

*Based on media release issued by Sydney Theatre Company