What’s In A Name? Why Is The Big Screen ‘Green?’
While you may have noticed our theater screen is not literally green, being ‘green’ is an important part of our organization's environmentally-friendly philosophy. Here are some of the things that make us the Big GREEN Screen.
The Big Green Screen Theatre is housed in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver designated building by the U.S. Green Building Council. Some of the features of the TREC include a permeable parking lot with native plant landscaping, low-flow toilets and bathroom sinks, and recycled material was used in construction when available. The TREC recently received the addition of a 10kW solar panel array and LED lighting fixtures in the observation tower and classrooms to reduce energy consumption.
The Big Green Screen also takes specific steps to reduce waste at our concession stand. We recently began using American made Aardvark paper straws instead of plastic straws, and our drink cups and lids are also American made 100% compostable plant-based bioplastics from Greenware.
The TREC and our new concession options allow us to fulfill our mission to provide public education and enrichment through educational programs and community outreach in an environmentally responsible manner.
New Movie Coming Soon: Backyard Wilderness
Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses - in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behaviour - all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.