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The Green Team

Leeds Heritage Theatres strives to bring the magic of theatre to as many as possible. We not only want to make an impact on the stage but in the world.

Join me as we look at what our organisation is doing to be green, including hosting the Sustainability Arts in Leeds (SAIL) event at City Varieties Music Hall.

Written by Carla Klein


About Us

Leeds Heritage Theatres is united by a single cause; to bring people together, create the extraordinary and provide a positive environment in which to entertain and educate.

It is important for us to share our message of positive environmental impacts to inspire the change needed within our city.  We strive to promote energy efficiency, recycling and water saving innovations in order to improve our environmental impact.

Our Mission

The City Varieties arch which sits across Swan Lane outside of the theatre. It is green metal with City Varieties Music Hall written in red and yellow.

The City Varieties arch shining in the sun at the SAIL event.

In 2020, Leeds Heritage Theatres made a commitment to reduce our carbon footprint. Introducing a Green Team that champions our sustainability aims and ensure buy-in from the wider team, we have made significant strides since then – even throughout a pandemic – including switching to rechargeable batteries, reusable plastics, and changing our public facing bins to make it easier to encourage our audiences to help our recycling efforts. But we aren’t stopping there. With the help and advice of external professionals, we continue to investigate and research more ways to improve, plus deliver regular training to our staff and ensure two-way communication so they can share ideas and help shape our future.

Our Mission

  • Monitor and reduce the use of energy and water, ensuring our usage is as efficient as possible
  • Monitor and reduce waste to landfill by repairing, reusing and recycling as much as possible
  • Communicate our progress and review our performance, sharing the results with our staff, volunteers and visitors

We aim to educate, entertain and sustain. In doing so, we will nourish a culture of learning, identify gaps to improve ourselves, and create an inclusive community where everyone is supported to play a part.

Read more about our future

Sustainable Arts in Leeds (SAIL)

Formed in 2018, SAIL is a not for profit membership network of Leeds organisations and individuals who came together in response to the climate crisis. SAIL places significant value on how creative industries can play a part in innovation and engagement to fight climate change to create a zero carbon/ zero waste future for future cultural industries in Leeds. Members include The Tetley, Urban Farm Meanwood Valley, Royal Armouries, Slung Low and University of Leeds (to name a few).

We were thrilled to be able to host and join SAIL at The Varieties on Fri 7 July as part of Yorkshire Sustainability Week (Mon 3 – Fri 7 July).

SAIL’s Mission

  • Bringing together organisations to speak and act united
  • Reducing our impact on the planet by being as sustainable as possible
  • Leading the way through education and inspiration
  • Enabling positive change

The hope is to use the power of SAIL and its network to reduce the carbon footprint throughout the arts sector, as well to encourage those around us to do the same.

Find out how you can get involved

A blue banner at the SAIL event. The banner reads, 'Working together to create a zero carbo/zero waste future for the cultural and creative industries of West Yorkshire.'

SAIL sets out to educate creative industries about becoming more sustainable.

Environmental improvements at The Picture House

A refurbished roof vent coloured red at Hyde Park Picture House.

A refurbished roof vent at Hyde Park Picture House.

The Picture House has done a lot to try and negate our environmental impact in both the physical attributes of the building and how we operate as a business, and we will continue to do so into the future.

See the positive changes The Picture House has made during their refurbishment.

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