The most talked about movie of the year is also an award recipient for its sustainable film production practices. The Environmental Media Association (EMA) awarded Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens with a 2015 EMA Green Seal Award based on the Program’s criteria that covers all facets of production.
The highlights of Star Wars Episode 7’s green production practices focused on energy sourcing and waste reduction. All stages and workshops were fitted with sm art meters and equipment tied into the electricity grid when possible to avoid the use of diesel generators. The production avoided approximately 1,224 hours of generator running time, 102 metric tons of C02 and roughly 1,944 gallons or $9,200 of diesel. Production diverted 75% of its waste away from landfills. This was achieved through recycling, composting, reuse and donated material. Approximately two 40-yeard dumpsters of polystyrene were donated to an organization that collects clean polystyrene for use as stuffing in toys. Production sent approximately 528 gallons of cooking oil to be refined and turned into biodiesel. Find these highlights and those of other 2015 recipients here.
EMA partnered with Green Seal to develop its Green Seal Award Program, which recognizes leaders in the entertainment industry and also provides a practical and comprehensive guide to environmentally responsible filmmaking and event planning.