Sustainability at the theatre
The Hanover Theatre has made a commitment to be more sustainable. We want to foster a love of the performing arts for future generations, and we want to be responsible to ensure that the resources we use will also be available for those generations.
Current sustainability initiatives
Sustainability is an ongoing effort at the theatre, and we're always looking for ways to do things better. This year we're focusing on the three R's of sustainability: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Solar power resourcing
The theatre currently sources 80% of its power from a solar farm in Leicester, MA. Through the agreement, the theatre is able to save money while reducing its carbon footprint.
Exactly how much carbon does the theatre save from entering the atmosphere using solar power? Based on our energy bills, we've helped stop 865,000 pounds of carbon emissions each year. That’s about equal to planting 18,000 new trees!
WIndow tinting film
Next time you visit the theatre, we hope you'll enjoy the view from our lobby windows, we recently installed a thin window tinting film that's invisible to the human eye.
While it may not seem like much, this film helps improve our insulation, it helps keep sunlight out in the summer and reduces heat loss in the winter. This gives our facilities operators better control over the heating and cooling system in the theatre and prevents us from wasting energy by constantly adjusting the temperature.
Can you tell which of our lights we've replaced with LED blubs? Many of our smaller chandeliers have had their bulbs switched to LEDs. Our dedicated staff handpicked the new lights to ensure that the theatre would retain its regal ambiance. LEDs can be found in various other lighting fixtures around the theatre as well.
You may notice some of these around the theatre during your next visit.
These stickers may seem like a small step, but they can make a big difference. Little reminders like these can help us reduce our paper towel use by as much as 10% each year, which means saving two trees from being cut down and stopping 96 pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere.
In the past, the theatre was only able to recycle the bottles and cardboard from its shows. This year the theatre hopes to enter into a "single-stream" recycling program. The new program will ensure 99% of the waste generated by the theatre is recycled, preventing it from entering landfills in Massachusetts.
Because our new system relies on sorting the waste after collection, our patrons will be able to use any of the existing trash cans in the theatre and be safe in the knowledge that the waste thrown in them will be recycled.
Our entire theatre is a perfect example of the power of reusing the past. Many of the theatre's original features were reused during the restoration, and as The Hanover Theatre restores the 551 Main Street building next door, certain materials from the theatre will be incorporated in the design of the new building.