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The world is changing. Now more than ever, people are adapting to new realities and making changes in their lives and workplaces to safeguard the environment.

Here’s a few reasons industry professionals in Canada and around the world are adopting best practices for sustainable production:

  • Alignment with sustainability mandates from studios, production companies, funders and broadcasters
  • Cost savings
  • Safeguarding good relationships with location partners
  • Compliance with new government regulations and policies
  • Ensuring the health and safety of crew
  • Future-proofing the workforce
  • Attracting talent
  • Positively contributing to communities through give-back programs
  • Combatting climate change by playing a role in the transition to a low-carbon economy

No matter your reason, there are significant benefits when you adopt a best practice, and not just for the planet!

Environmental decisions are at their heart, business decisions. For our highly mobile, time-constrained workforce, every minute counts and so does money.

That’s why we set out to assemble a series of industry-vetted best practices.

The result is a list of proven, do-able, no-cost, low-cost and deeper actions that will boost your chances of reaching specific environmental goals. Before you adopt a practice, please do your own independent research.  Satisfy yourself that the measure is appropriate for you and your particular circumstance. That may mean consulting your rental equipment specialist or other professional.

Thank you to all of our contributors.

Now, it’s your turn. Do you think a best practice could be improved? Are we missing a measure for your department, product or service? If so, please email us your best practices feedback.

Special thanks to the people and organizations who have played a key role in identifying best practices for the industry. Some started this process many years ago, and their work now serves as a foundation. Explore their resources and program offerings: Sustainable Media Production Canada’s Industry Working Group, Environmental Media Association, albert Sustainability for TV and Film, PGA Green, Reel Green, participants of the Green Screen Toronto Initiative and Natural Resources Canada.

Thank you Ontario Creates, the City of Toronto’s Film & Entertainment Industries Office and Live Green Toronto for supporting this project.

For background information, please visit the blog Why Best Practices for Sustainable Production?

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Best Practice Information and Guidance on this website is not intended to be directional in nature, but informative. It does not represent legal or engineering advice. Reasonable endeavours have been taken to ensure information is accurate and up-to-date as to the date of publication. SMPC and its contributing authors do not accept liability or responsibility for any loss or damage as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting on any information contained therein. Specialist engineering, legal or other professional advice should be sought before entering (or refraining from entering) into any specific transaction or practice. It is strongly recommended that you contact your manufacturer or rental provider to confirm whether the information is relevant and appropriate to you and your production prior to making a financial commitment.



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