New York launches major initiative for film and TV Industry

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NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin on Tuesday announced “NYC Film Green,” a first-of-its-kind sustainability designation program for New York City’s $9 billion film and television industry. The voluntary initiative will encourage productions to engage in sustainable practices, including waste reduction, energy conservation, and staff education, in order to reduce their environmental impact and create a sustainable production environment for New York City. NYC Film Green will be the first green production designation program in the country administered by a government entity, making New York City the nationwide leader in setting environmental standards for the film and television industry.

“As a global leader in the film and entertainment industry, NYC must lead by example when it comes to sustainability and waste reduction on sets. NYC Film Green will give production crews the tools and incentive they need to reduce their carbon footprint and be good neighbors in their communities,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“There is currently more filming activity in New York City than ever before. While this provides countless reasons to celebrate, we also want to be mindful of how this impacts our environment on both a local and global scale,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “NYC Film Green makes New York the first governing body in the country to implement a sustainability program for the entertainment industry. We believe it will make a significant and quantifiable positive impact, and pave the way towards industry-wide adoption of eco-friendly practices.”

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“When we talk about building a more sustainable future, it only makes sense to include some of the largest industries around – in New York City, that means film and television production,” said City Council SpeakerMelissa Mark-Viverito. “I commend the administration and MOME Commissioner Julie Menin for their work on the NYC Film Green initiative, and look forward to it becoming a model for environmental impact reduction on sets across the country.”

Last season, there were a record-breaking 52 episodic television series in production in the City, and over 300 films over the course of 2015. To qualify for the NYC Film Green program, a film or television series must have at least one day of production or post-production in the City. Productions enrolled in the NYC Film Green program that successfully implement the program’s sustainable practices will be recognized with a certificate and receive a seal, which they will be able to place in their end credits and in any marketing and promotional materials associated with their project.

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“The Producer’s Guild of America Green Committee is thrilled that MOME is taking this important step to implement a program of this kind,” says Mari Jo Winkler Producer and Chair of PGA Green. “NYC Film Green aligns with PGA Green’s mission to promote and educate the industry on sustainability practices in an effort to reduce our industry’s carbon footprint.”

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