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PGA Green Unified Best Practices Guide

The PGA Green Unified Best Practices represents the best current strategies for green production, based on the experience of a wide range of producers working in the field today to achieve sustainability in motion picture and television production.

This guide was created to help independent producers and their production teams reduce the carbon emissions and environmental impacts of their film, TV and New Media productions. It is organized by production phases and departments,... { read more }

A Note to Producers

The basic principles behind “greening” a production include conserving fuel and energy, avoiding toxins and pollution, saving water and preventing landfill waste, to name a few. Implementing those principles on a film set, where daily life is fast-paced and filled with bright lights and extravagant scenery, can be tricky.

Many environmentally harmful behaviors happen when we don’t know, can’t find, or simply don’t have time for the better... { read more }

Production Office Best Practices

Taking steps to reduce consumption in the office not only saves natural resources, but can even slash office costs. The Production Office Coordinator has an important role to play. He or she should take the lead in implementing sustainability practices in the production office, be the one for example to look into renewable energy credits through the local utility company or to explore for lists of green vendors by category and location... { read more }

Locations Department Best Practices

While on location, take every measure to manage your waste, conserve water, protect the landscape and respect the local community. During the scout, evaluate each location with an eye toward sustainability options. Remember that cities have different policies regarding recycling and waste removal. Check with local municipalities for details.

Be sure to involve the prep crew and swing gang in greening efforts, especially in terms of water and waste removal. Off-set... { read more }

Transportation Department Best Practices

Transportation is one of the most significant departments for targeting reductions. Research energy conservation opportunities and locate more efficient vehicles. Consider setting an example by reducing your emissions and looking into local sources for biodiesel. Maybe even add a Smart Car to the fleet, just to make sure the message is clear.

According to the American Lung Association, biodiesel emissions contain 90% fewer carcinogens and respiratory irritants than... { read more }

Set Design, Construction & Scenic Best Practices

Careful and creative planning can reduce set-related waste dramatically. Design and build with strike and wrap in mind. Set up all construction and shop spaces with detailed waste management systems, and make sure the waste hauler is tracking landfill waste versus recycling.


  • Begin discussing sustainability methods early.
  • Remember the four “r”s: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and... { read more }

Props & Set Decoration Best Practices

During the creative process, there are many opportunities for efficiencies in the selection of props and set decoration. Explore eco-friendly alternatives to traditional products and methods. Carry reusable bags while shopping for props and set dressing. Call in advance to find out about the environmental policies of vendors, and support businesses with superior environmental policies. Consider toting a reusable water bottle to avoid last minute plastic packaging purchases, and ask the... { read more }

Catering & Craft Services Best Practices

Hire caterers who work with local farmers and use organic ingredients. When possible, encourage all food service departments to set up composting stations. Consider looking for local farms that will remove compost materials from your location.


  • Hire caterers who offer local and USDA organic produce, humanely raised meat and dairy, and vegan/vegetarian options.
  • Look for the Fair Trade Certified™ label... { read more }

Lighting, Camera, Sound & Special Effects Best Practices

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Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup Best Practices

Healthier and more sustainable options for clothing, hair and makeup are bountiful. Visit the green vendor directory on to find environmentally friendly sources.


  • Use laundry detergents free of phosphates and fragrances.
  • Choose powder detergents over liquids, which are heavier and require more energy to ship.
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Wrap and Post Production Best Practices

Post-production provides another prime opportunity to keep the green momentum going once shooting has stopped. All the plans for reuse, repurposing and recycling come together during wrap. Wrap efficiency is dependent, in part, on how carefully the set has been designed for disassembly. Steps that designers can take to ease green deconstruction include leaving materials in relatively standard sizes—rendering them more salvageable at wrap, and using only screws and bolts, instead of... { read more }

Sample Production Team Memo

To be sent digitally and posted physically in production office, early in pre-production

Hello everyone! I have met some of you, but for those I haven’t I am Jocelyn, the new Green Steward for The Miraculous Year. I will be helping to coordinate our green initiative across the entire production so that we are all working together to reduce our carbon footprint.

The Miraculous Year is a green production committed to... { read more }

Sample Subject-Specific Memos

RE: Green Production

From: Green PA

To: Production Team


First, the shocking facts:

Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.

Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the Earth 20 times

Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save... { read more }