BAM values the environment, and is involved in many initiatives to address environmental concerns in New York City. As a community leader, BAM is poised to promote environmental consciousness beyond our stages and screens and to drive improvement in all areas.
BAM is exploring environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional marketing approaches. Beginning with the 2007 Next Wave Festival season brochure, BAM has collaborated with eco-friendly vendors, and uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, which signifies that both the paper and ink were sourced responsibly. In fact, some of BAM's materials are edible!
In addition to using recycled and sustainable materials, BAM has also decreased its overall paper use. Many of BAM's marketing campaigns are executed via e-mail, online ads, and other web-based methods. All of BAM's press releases are sent out electronically. When print is used, pieces are designed to be smaller, reducing the amount of paper needed.
BAM pursues environmental consciousness at every level of its operations. BAM endorses a rigorous recycling program, encouraging both staff and visitors to recycle paper, plastic, and glass products in the many available receptacles. The cleaning products used by BAM's custodial staff are all green, the paper products are biodegradable, and special training is given to new staff on how to use these new products efficiently. BAM's drinking-water-filtration system eliminates the use of disposable five-gallon bottles and reduces gas consumption due to fewer beverage deliveries. Heating, cooling, and office lighting are all turned off after hours to further reduce energy usage. BAM also recycles used batteries and is in the process of replacing all incandescent lighting with compact fluorescents and other energy-efficient and environmentally friendly lamps. BAM's Building Operations continues to investigate other energy-saving measures.
BAM is one of 10 New York City cultural institutions participating in a pilot program to explore sustainable construction and design. Championed by the Sustainable Design Unit of the Department of Design and Construction of New York City (DDC), the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System (tm), which analyzes the environmental impact of existing and planned buildings. An investigative team made up of consultants from Horizon Engineering Associates LLC, e4, inc. and BAM explored the Peter Jay Sharp Building's current and potential green capacity. After a comprehensive survey, it was determined that BAM exceeds the national average of energy efficiency among entertainment facilities by 14%. The consultants also noted BAM's commitment to eco-friendly building operations, environmental awareness, and the administrative staff's enthusiastic support of green habits at work and at home.
BAM launched the BAM Next Stage Campaign to build facilities and programs to catalyze creative progress and community growth. One of the campaign's major initiatives is the construction of a brand new building, the BAM Fisher, a multi-use center offering a home for BAM's innovative education programs, a venue for emerging artists in the Next Wave Festival, and a state-of-the-art facility for Brooklyn artists and community groups to meet, develop new work, rehearse, and hold special events.
BAM designed the BAM Fisher to advance its environmental objectives alongside its community and creative development goals. Designed for LEED Gold certification, the BAM Fisher features an accessible roof terrace with an intensive green roof system that cools the building efficiently. Additionally, the roof houses a new rainwater harvesting system, which stores water for irrigation and building sewage conveyance. The building will utilize low-flow restroom facilities, as well as aerated faucets to reduce water consumption by 20%. Half of the wood-based materials used to construct the facility meet Forest Stewardship Council criteria, and all adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings are environmentally friendly. A green housekeeping plan will include a contractual agreement for operations staff, a clear level of performance standards, and housekeeping policies with approved environmental cleaning solutions.