MARCH 2008

Annual GRAMMY Awards event does its part to limit environmental impact

The Recording Academy® partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Staples Center to reduce the environmental impact of the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast and related events.

The GRAMMYS‘ first-ever greening initiative, which included the use of renewable energy to power Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center and a variety of other energy-saving solutions, was led by The Recording Academy in collaboration with the NRDC and the LADWP.

The Academy and NRDC arranged for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to conduct an energy audit of Staples Center and advised the production team on changes that could be made to reduce the use of fossil fuels, encourage the use of recycled paper, prevent waste, and offset carbon emissions.

Results included:

  • Performance of a comprehensive energy audit of Staples Center by the LADWP and the preparation of an enhanced energy efficiency plan.
  • Renewable energy used to power Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center.
  • Renewable energy credits purchased by Bonneville Environ- mental Foundation to offset carbon emissions from the Pre-Telecast and Arrivals.
  • Use of ecologically superior paper for telecast and non-telecast event materials such as envelopes, press materials, programs, invitations, and certificates.
  • Flex fuel and hybrid vehicle transportation provided by General Motors for presenters and staff.
  • Comprehensive recycling system instituted for event waste.
  • Reusable service materials and accessories as well as post-consumer tissue products included at crew meals and craft services.
  • Unused food donated by Wolfgang Puck to Angel Harvest.