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2024
June

Our Green Book Cohort is launched with our first meeting, will all members aiming to achieve ‘Basic Level’ by the end of 2024.

June

At the Yorkshire Sustainability Festival in the Cloth Hall Court in Leeds, SAIL delivered two presentations on ‘Creating Sustainable Events’.

June

SAIL delivered 2 Carbon Literacy Training sessions.

June

We attended the Launch of Theatre Green Book Version 2.

May

SAIL supported Indigo in their Act Green 2024 Survey.

May

SAIL delivered 3 Carbon Literacy Training sessions where 23 more people received their Carbon Literacy Certificates.

May

We delivered a presentation at the Creative and Artistic Knowledge Exchange Event at the University of Leeds, organised by the Cultural Institute.

May

SAIL confirmed as Bradford’s 2025 UK City of Culture Sustainability Partners. Throughout 2025, we will be supporting Bradford with reducing waste and energy demand, adopting sustainable transport, regularly measuring and evaluating impacts, promoting diversity and inclusion, and building a lasting positive legacy for sustainability in the Year of Culture.

May

SAIL joined the Theatre Green Book Trailers and Production Committee.

May

We attended the Theatre Set Reuse and Recycling Centre Workshop in London.

April

SAIL and the University of Leeds hosted the ‘Creative Bridges Event’ at Opera North to bring together sector experts and PHD researchers to identify collaboration opportunities in Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion research.

April

SAIL and the Yorkshire Circularity Lab hosted ‘Creating a Circular Economy in the Creative and Cultural Sector’ Workshop at the Royal Armouries, funded by the Ignite Fund 2024.

April

SAIL begin supporting CultureDale, Calderdale’s year of culture 2024 as their sustainability partners

March

SAIL receives funding from Leeds City Council to support the Leeds Cultural Investment Programme, 24/25 and 25/26

March

SAIL hosts “Creating Sustainable Events” as part of knowledge sharing programme between LEEDS 2023 and Bradford 2025

February

Clare Jackson joins the board of SAIL as our first non executive director!

February

Our Innovate UK Creative Catalyst project concludes: producing a route map & framework of sustainability support for the Creative Sector of West Yorkshire

January

SAIL completes project working alongside Opera North as their sustainability support for their Autumn 2023 Green Season

January

Our Circularity Working Group is launched with our first meeting!

2023
November

SAIL part of panel discussion on “How to Reach Net Zero & Persuade Colleagues” at the 2023 Yorkshire Post Climate Change Summit

November

SAIL delivers two events as part of the Climate Action Leeds Arts & Climate week: our first SAIL members meeting, and our ‘Reuse, Reshare, Reimagine Workshop’: exploring Circular Economy principles within our sector

October

SAIL’s fourth Employee, Pip Tuffin, joins the team as Project Assistant. SAIL’s internal capacity has more than doubled since last October

September

SAIL are “Highly Commended” for the Green Award at the BBC Radio Leeds “Make a difference awards” 2023

September

SAIL’s new website launches, with revamped members area, training courses, and more!

August

SAIL complete Operational Carbon Footprint and Building Project plan review for Kala Sangam (Bradford Arts Centre)

August
August

SAIL’s third employee, Sean Cooper, joins the team as Project Assistant

July

Second SAIL event: ‘From Imagination to Action’, exploring the effective communication of sustainability

June

SAIL become the Sustainability Champion for Bradford Producing Hub

June

SAIL hosts the first Project Constellation Meeting: a UK wide network of networks meeting quarterly

May

SAIL secure further work with Bradford 2025 to embed sustainability in the city of culture

May

SAIL begin development of Creative industries offer, as part of the UKRI funded “Creative Catalyst” project

May
May

SAIL receive funding from AD:Venture to redesign our website, working with Maraid Design

May

Centre for Live Art Yorkshire (CLAY) Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Policy and Action plan review completed

March
March

First SAIL event ‘Creating Green Cultural Spaces’ on the Arts Green Book

March

301 SAIL Members

March

SAIL begin work on Opera North’s 2023 “Green Season”

March

SAIL develop sustainability framework for UK City of Culture, Bradford 2025

January
January

SAIL showcase ‘Home Planet’ at the XR Stories Green Screens Event

2022
December

SAIL begin work with LEEDS 2023 as their sustainability partners

November
November

SAIL appoint second employee, Jamie Saye, as Operations Manager

June

SAIL involved in the GMAST & Julie’s Bicycle Place-Based Cultural Collaboration Research

May

SAIL begin work on Home Planet, our VR experience

April

SAIL receive funding from Arts Council England for business development

March

224 SAIL Members

March
March

SAIL start working with Leeds Arts University on a Knowledge Exchange project

2021
August
August

SAIL appointed our first employee, Helen Brook, as Project Coordinator

July

SAIL delivers Carbon Literacy Training to over 250 people within the creative and cultural industries, as part of the “Lets Talk Real Skills” project

June

Completion of sector Climate Action Readiness Assessment (CARA) process

March
March

Development of a circularity model and roadmap for SAIL’s membership, completed by MSc researcher from the University of Leeds

January

118 SAIL Members