Let’s make the Emerson productions GREEN! 

We are starting an initiative to make the Emerson production sets more Eco-Friendly! Come and join the effort today and every day!

Climate change and the urgency of individual and collective action to affect it in a positive way should start in our own backyards. Each semester there are more than a several hundred film productions transpire at Emerson college. Imagine if we started a campaign to make each and every single one a GREEN production set! Since 2007, Emerson has been working towards its Climate Commitment of being carbon neutral and climate resilient by 2030. 

How to create an Eco-Friendly production?

The production leaders (Directors, Producers, Writers, Directors of Photography, Sound Mixers) must make an active commitment to making their sets eco-friendly. When properly executed, creating an eco-friendly set will in no way compromise the quality of your production. Instead, it can bring mindfulness to all aspects of production and in many ways better the experience for the crew, save you money, and result in a stronger final product!

It is recommended that filmmakers hold a meeting with departmental heads and list specific green actions for each department. One (or more) of your crew members should be designated as the Eco-Leader on set. They should keep track of their actions and consult with various departments as needed. 

Opportunities to consider:

Scale of Production

  • Limiting Crew Size (also good for the budget)
  • Creating an Efficient Equipment List  
  • Limiting the Number of Production Days (begins with the content of screenplay)


  • Selecting accessible locations (can students get a list of available locations?)
  • Utilizing public transportation 
  • Creating a carpool system for your crew
  • Avoiding the use of unnecessarily large vehicles
  • Minimizing the number of company moves
  • Prioritize hybrid/electric cars if renting (list of companies that rent electric cars and cost difference)

Craft Services

  • Sourcing Sustainable Meals (List of restaurants that we recommend) 
  • Catering from Eco-Friendly restaurants and caterers
  • Limiting/Eliminating the use of single-use plastics (water bottles, plastic utensils, plates, bags) 
  • Use Eco-FRIENDLY MATERIALS! Water Bottles,  Cleaning supplies, natural fibers
  • Waste Management (Recycling/Composting) (Locations and hours)
  • Extra food on set?!!
    Donate your food to a shelter, Emerson’s campus food pantry

Production Design

  • Sourcing recycled props, costumes
  • Production Design: Recycle! Reuse, and don’t trash!
    • Think about where you can donate material, etc. 
    • Consider renting props, costumes, etc. before buying or building new ones
  • Using materials that are less harmful to the planet! Stay away from damaging chemicals! 
  • Use the opportunity of set design to repair! Remove trash, fix what’s broken, and leave a positive mark! 

Grip & Electric

  • Limiting your use of expendables (gels, tape, beadboard)
  • Using energy-efficient lighting sources (LED lights) (More battery powered LEDs)
  • Utilizing available light/sunlight
  • Unplug electronics when not in use to avoid vampire energy

Emerson will honor the greenest projects at the end of the semester. We have created a Certification Program for Emerson productions that meet eco-friendly standards. Certified productions will be eligible for a green production seal and more support from the department.