SAIL exists to create a zero carbon/zero waste future for the creative and cultural industries of West Yorkshire. We achieve this via the following strands of our work.
Our Members Network
At the core of SAIL’s mission is the understanding that collaboration and knowledge-sharing are fundamental drivers of positive change within West Yorkshire’s creative and cultural industries. Our Members Network is designed to foster these connections, providing individuals and organisations with a supportive community to help them excel in their sustainability efforts.
The Members Network is an inclusive platform that welcomes individuals and organisations, both large and small, from across the creative and cultural sector in West Yorkshire. By joining the Members Network, you gain access to a wealth of opportunities to:
Forge meaningful partnerships with like-minded individuals and organisations, enabling you to develop joint projects, share resources, and amplify the impact of your sustainability initiatives. Through collaboration, we can create a greater collective impact than any one individual or organisation could achieve alone.
Engage in open dialogue and discussions with other members to learn from each other’s experiences and explore innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the creative and cultural industries. The Members Network is a space where diverse perspectives and ideas are welcomed, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.
Share best practices
Showcase your successes, share lessons learned, and offer practical tips on implementing sustainable practices within the creative and cultural sector. By sharing your expertise and experiences, you contribute to the collective knowledge of the Members Network, empowering others to adopt and adapt successful strategies.
Beyond these opportunities, the Members Network also offers exclusive access to events, workshops, and resources tailored to the specific needs of the creative and cultural industries. As a member, you’ll join a growing community of passionate and committed individuals and organisations, all working towards the common goal of a more sustainable future for the arts and culture sector in West Yorkshire.
SAIL is committed to equipping individuals and organisations within the creative and cultural sector with the knowledge and skills needed to implement sustainable practices and nurture a culture of environmental responsibility. Since our formation, we have been delivering Carbon Literacy training to the sector, with over 1000 people having completed our bespoke course. Our capacity-building initiatives encompass a range of offerings, including:
Our interactive workshops cover various sustainability topics, providing practical guidance on incorporating environmental considerations into daily operations. We tailor each session to the unique needs of the creative and cultural sector, ensuring that participants leave equipped with relevant and actionable knowledge.
Join our expert-led seminars to engage in discussions on the latest trends, best practices, and innovative solutions in the field of sustainability. These events are customised for the creative and cultural sector, enabling participants to explore strategies and ideas that resonate with their specific context and challenges.
Gain access to our curated collection of toolkits, guides, and case studies designed to support your sustainability journey. These resources provide valuable insights and practical advice on implementing sustainable practices and overcoming barriers to change.
We have developed a bespoke Carbon Literacy training course, specifically addressing the challenges of the creative and cultural industry. The day’s worth of learning equips participants with knowledge of the science behind climate change, as well as guidance on practical solutions that individuals can take to reduce their own carbon impact, as well as the impact of the organisations that they work in.
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We also develop training courses specifically for our members on challenges that they face, from how to mount a sustainable event, to how to communicate the climate crisis effectively to our audience.
Subject Matter Expertise
We appreciate the distinct challenges faced by the creative and cultural sector when implementing sustainable practices, so we provide tailored sustainability consultancy services, designed specifically to address the needs and concerns of individuals and organisations within the industry. Our friendly team of experienced professionals is dedicated to offering guidance and support in various aspects of environmental management, helping you embrace sustainability with confidence and enthusiasm.
Our experts will collaborate with you to assess your energy consumption patterns, pinpoint inefficiencies, and recommend practical energy-saving measures. We’ll also assist you in adopting renewable energy sources, such as low carbon power generation for festival sites, making your operations more eco-friendly and reducing reliance on non-renewable resources.
SAIL’s consultants will conduct a thorough evaluation of your organisation’s carbon footprint, considering all aspects of your operations. We’ll then develop customised strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ensuring your organisation actively contributes to combating climate change.
Circular Economy and Waste Management
Our team emphasises the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle to help transform your waste management practices. We’ll work with you to identify opportunities for minimising waste generation, reusing materials, and integrating circular economy strategies into your operations, making your organisation more resource-efficient and sustainable.
Beyond these core services, our subject matter experts possess deep knowledge of industry-specific tools and strategies, including:
Theatre Green Book implementation: We’ve worked with organisations to incorporate the Theatre Green Book guidelines, ensuring environmentally sustainable practices in theatrical productions.
Arts Council England’s Let’s Create strategy: Our team is well-versed in this strategy, which supports the creative and cultural sector in becoming more environmentally responsible.
Creative Climate tools used by National Portfolio Organisations: We can help your organisation navigate these tools, aligning your sustainability efforts with industry standards.
Albert for Film and TV: Our experts understand the intricacies of Albert, the carbon calculator and certification scheme for film and TV productions, and can help you utilise it effectively.
By partnering with SAIL, you’ll benefit from the knowledge and experience of a dedicated, approachable team who understand the nuances of the creative and cultural sector. We’re passionate about helping you achieve your sustainability goals and making a positive impact on the environment.
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