By Alesandra Dubin Posted January 13, 2009, 4:32 PM EST
LOS ANGELES With the Golden Globes in the can, the focus now shifts to the Screen Actors Guild awards, the next big stop on L.A.'s award season circuit. And this year's SAG awards, which will tape at the Shrine on January 25, will make a new and concerted push toward environmental friendliness in the event's production.
The awards organization and the Environmental Media Association announced today that they have partnered to reduce the environmental impact of the 15th annual show. The first step toward the ultimate goal of a zero-waste event, this year's program will focus on composting, recycling, and reusable materials.
SAG and the E.M.A.'s efforts will include a comprehensive recycling program in all production offices and at the Shrine, along with communications to vendors to participate in the program; an awards stage that will be recycled and reused each year; composting of all food and flowers for the awards and gala; limiting production printing and using double-sided printing, plus printing on recycled paper for production documents; a gala menu featuring local, fresh, organic, humanely treated and sustainable ingredients; donation of any excess food from awards and gala; a red carpet and step-and-repeat reused for multiple awards; and recycled or reusable furniture, draperies, and flooring.