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Welcome to the California Film Commission's Green Resource Guide designed to help productions minimize their environmental impact.

 

 

Green Tips and Information

EDUCATION / CONSULTANTS / GOVERNMENT & STUDIO SUPPORT

AICP GREEN GUIDELINES
Association of Independent Commercial Producers

CAL RECYCLE
Information about recycling in California.
916.322.4027

CONSERVE CALIFORNIA
Information about green practices in California. Find a location near you.
916.322.1080

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Information and news about a wide range of environmental topics, from recycling to global warming.
213.244.1800 (Southern California Field Office)

ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION
Organization promoting media with green content and made with green production standards. Learn more about environmental filmmaking and EMA's Green Seal.
323.556.2790

PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA - GREEN PRODUCTION GUIDE
This site offers many tools to achieving a carbon-neutral production: An international & interactive Green Vendor Guide, a studio-approved Carbon Calculator, PGA's Best Practices geared toward independent productions, and a link to PGAgreen.org - the hub of all information & networking related to greening productions.

WARNER BROTHERS ENVIRONMENTAL HANDBOOK
Click to download the .pdf. An excellent guide on how to cut costs and reduce the environmental impact of production. Provided courtesy of Warner Brothers Environmental Initiatives Department.
818.954.3470

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ART DEPARTMENT

use low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and sealants use recycled paints use leftover paint as primer on new sets recycle or properly dispose of leftover paint donate old props and set dressing to schools and non-profits

CATERING AND CRAFT SERVICES

provide reusable bottles, plates, cups, and cutlery, or use biodegradable plates and cups - try corn-based display prominent recycling bins for cans and bottles display prominent compost bins for food wastes label garbage cans "landfill" so users will think twice refill and reuse your water bottle avoid Styrofoam and plastic serve organic and locally-grown food donate leftover food - charities appreciate your unserved catering leftovers

GOOD SAMARITAN FOOD DONATION ACT
Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Explains the Good Faith Clause that covers individuals or businesses who donate food in good faith. Links to Act text.

Recycling and Donations

FEEDING AMERICA (Formerly America's Second Harvest)
Accepts nonperishable and sealed perishable food. Serves to the needy.
800.771.2303

ANGEL HARVEST
Free pick-up of food from catered events. Serves in shelters.
323.256.6881

FOODBANK OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Accepts nonperishable and sealed perishable food. Free pick-up usually within 24 hrs of placing the donation. Serves to the needy.
562.435.3577

DIRECTORY: CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF FOODBANKS
List of food banks in California.
510.272.4435

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FILM, TAPE STOCK, AND EXPENDABLES

buy recycled tapes and expendables consider using hard disk recorders reuse old tapes recycle your expendables, film ends, and tapes resell film and tapes

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OFFICE

stock chlorine-free toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues use cleaning agents low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) stock paper products with post-consumer recycled content

read documents on your screen instead of printing convert hard copy procedures to e-mail reduce number of copies of each document route documents to multiple readers instead of making copies make double-sided copies use the reverse of one-sided copies as scratch paper recycle all paper

buy quality used furniture, equipment, and electronics buy green office supplies buy bulk snacks instead of individually-wrapped snacks

use a water filtration system instead of purchasing bottled water (which is usually filtered tap water anyway) institute an "office mug" policy instead of providing Styrofoam cups serve drinks in glasses, not cans and bottles recycle cans and bottles

recycle toner cartridges and batteries recycle electronics - e-waste is hazardous sell or donate usable electronics, supplies, and furniture turn off and unplug all electronics at the end of the day, especially computers

E-Waste

CALIFORNIA RECYCLES
Pick-up or drop-off for e-waste. Sells green office supplies, such as recycled paper.
877.478.3001

E-WASTE CENTER
Free Residential and Business Pick Up: Centrally located in the Los Angles metro area, EWC offers a complete line of on-site collection services, including free monitor, PC, and television pick up.

E-WASTE RECYCLER
Free pick-up for e-waste.
Southern California 562.569.5656 / Sacramento-Stockton 916.437.8927

MANUFACTURER-SPONSORED ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT RECOVERY
DELL ASSET RECOVERY PROGRAM
EPSON RECYCLE PROGRAM: Recycle toner and hardware
GATEWAY TRADE-IN AND RECYCLE PROGRAM
HEWLETT-PACKARD PRODUCT RECYCLING
IBM ASSET RECOVERY SOLUTIONS

DIRECTORY: ELECTRONIC PRODUCT MANAGEMENT DIRECTORY
Search for a recycling facility for specific materials.
916.341.6000 (Main Switchboard)

DIRECTORY: eRECYCLE
Information and a directory of California e-waste recyclers.

Recycling

LA SHARES
Accepts office furniture, office supplies, office equipment, computer systems, paper products, and miscellaneous items for redistribution.
213.485.1097

WASTE MANAGEMENT INC: Recycle America Program
Recycles office products, and e-waste. Shreds sensitive information.
800.926.9693

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RECYCLING, GENERAL

CA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD
Information about waste and recycling in California.
916.341.6000

Services

BOTTLES AND CANS
Bottles and cans. Search for recycling centers by zip code. Information about California Refund Value.
1.800.recycle / 800.732-9253

CALIFORNIA MATERIALS EXCHANGE
Online marketplace for non-hazardous materials. Businesses buy and sell.
877.520.9703

SMARTBUSINESS RECYCLING
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Recycler Locator
1 (888) CLEAN LA

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SET CONSTRUCTION

buy FSC-certified lumber reuse or donate old lumber use recycled-content plastic lumber use reusable construction materials, such as metals

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
Information about sustainable forestry. Look for the FSC logo on all ecologically-friendly wood products.
703.438.6401

Recycling and Donations

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Accepts donations of and/or sells unused and reusable building materials at their ReStores. Proceeds go toward building Habitat homes. Find numbers for local affiliates: http://www.habitat.org/cd/local/affiliate.aspx?place=91.

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SET OPERATIONS

display prominent recycling bins for cans and bottles label garbage cans "landfill" to make users think twice use reusable water bottles reuse, donate, or recycle sets use biodiesel generators use energy-efficient equipment use LEDs where possible - these are light, bright, and long-lasting, as well as low-energy turn off and unplug equipment when not in use

Recycling and Donations

HOLLYWOOD CINEMA PRODUCTION RESOURCES
Sells and rents used sets, accepts your used sets. Pick-up available. Benefits film program for underprivileged students.
310.258.0123

SAFE SETS RECYCLING CORP (no web site)
Accepts old sets and donates them to productions that want them. Nonprofit.
310.828.6477 safesets@earthlink.net

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TRANSPORTATION

carpool use public transportation rent or buy a hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicle

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WARDROBE

Look for CO2 cleaning and wet cleaning dry cleaners Donate old clothes Consider clothing made from organically-grown fibers

Dry Cleaning

LIST: URBAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY INSTITUTE
A comprehensive list of environmentally friendly dry cleaners. Look for services fully dedicated to CO2 cleaning or wet cleaning.

Recycling and Donations

CAREER CLOSET
Accepts ready-to-wear women's business clothes for job-seekers.
408.451.1200

CLOTHES THE DEAL
Accepts professional clothing for deserving job-seekers.

THE PRINCESS PROJECT
Accepts 2002 or newer formal gowns and party dresses for deserving high school girls to go to prom.

ST. ANTHONY FOUNDATION
Accepts used clothing.
415.592.2738

URBAN POSSIBILITIES
Urban Possibilities provides free “gently used” business clothing to disadvantaged men and women engaged in a job search.

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN
Accepts used professional clothing to benefit women.
949.631.2333

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