The Lyric is committed to reducing its impact on the environment.
Our Current Green Campaign: #LyricLent
#LyricLent was an environmental campaign we ran during March and April 2017 in the run up to Easter. Taking the inspiration of Lent, we asked everyone what they could give up to make positive environmental impacts.
Over the course of the campaign we carried out over 50 collective and individual actions along weekly themes including Give Up Waste Week, Focus on Drinks Week, Paperless Week, Powerless Week, Food Focus Week, Air Quality and Travel Week. It all adds up to quite a list! Here goes…
We held an office spring clean recycling reusing or giving away everything we didn’t need any more, supported HammersmithLondon’s Book Day Book Swap in Lyric Square, ran a clothes swap, ran a WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Drive, held photocopier switch offs to save energy and paper, switched our neon sign off for Earth Hour, switched to a new stationery supplier Wiles Greenworld who offer a range of carbon free products which are delivered by low carbon vehicles, promoted our provision of tap water to audiences and offered glasses rather than plastics, ordered reusable plastic glasses for audiences to take into our auditorium, gave out new Lyric waterbottles to staff and acting companies, signed up to be a tapwater refilling station here, signed up to a Water Aid pledge to support their work to provide free drinking water to everyone around the world, continued our long-running polar bear switch off campaign, developed a green vegetarian & vegan menu, firmed up plans to grow micro herbs on our roof for use in our kitchen, banned disposable coffee cups and waterbottles in our office for an entire week and voted to ban them permanently from now on, supported our local Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank by asking staff to donate food items to local people in need, organised a visit from a Transport for London bike mechanic who gave free bike MOTs and bike security marking to our staff to promote safer cycling, our Trustees made our March Board meeting paperless saving an entire ream of paper, our Senior Management Team used a projector instead of printing meeting papers, staff made use of projectors in other meetings to avoid printing, our Head of Administration Andrew visited the RICOH showroom to order an upgrade to a greener photocopier, our partner Liza Monzon from Action on Disability offered free lunchtime meditation sessions to all, we held a green lunch for all staff, our Head of Operations Simon weeded our green sedum roof which increases local biodiversity. Staff committed to giving up a range of things during #LyricLent, including: the use of electric heaters, buying coffee in disposable takeaway cups, taking the Tube, eating pre-prepared supermarket meals, watching screens after 9pm, buying food in excess plastic supermarket packaging, eating junk food and drinking alcohol.
In giving up products and activities we take for granted, we found we were inspired us to take up new things, such as walking or cycling to work, doing more exercise, taking more time to relax and even trying out meditation, finding innovative ways not to use plastic or transport, supporting local community organisations and reducing our carbon emissions!
You can see more about what we did on Twitter using the #LyricLent hashtag. Please email Andrew Fletcher, Head of Administration on firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like any further information.
Cyril (an anagram of Lyric and Bjorn meaning bear in Scandinavian) the polar bear is the Lyric’s Green mascot. It is Cyril’s job to remind everyone to look after the environment.
He likes to wander around the building and often appears in some of the photos with our cast. So watch out you never know where you’ll see him!