• Sustainability Cost Savings

    Going green not only reduces a show's carbon impact, but can also save a production money. Reducing red meat consumption, paper use, and single use disposables can result in real savings!

  • About Reel Green

    We believe that Sustainable Production is the future of filmmaking!


    A sustainable and thriving industry with a positive and healthy relationship with our environment and society.


    To enable the evolution and implementation of sustainable practices in the motion picture industry to contribute to the betterment of the world.

    Sustainable production efforts in British Columbia were formalized 10 years ago through the Reel Green initiative, a resource centre with a collection of best practices to help productions reduce their environmental impacts and improve their overall environmental footprint.

    The Reel Green initiative is a mainstay at Creative BC and we are looking ahead to the next decade and how we can empower and inspire productions to innovate and implement sustainable production practices, and industry stakeholders to collectively support this effort.  We are prioritizing education, engagement, communications, and resources as we develop a platform for the reduction of environmental impacts and stakeholder engagement at the local level to set an example for other jurisdictions globally.

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    Reel Green Industry contributors

    Programming for and strategic direction of the Reel Green Initiative is made possible by industry contributors:

    Through its operating principals, Reel Green promotes an ambitious, non-political vision for sustainable production based on sound scientific understanding, policy and reasonable business for the benefit of the motion picture industry and the international community.

    Reel Green prioritizes strategic activity, investing all funding in program development and delivery while working with organizations committed to delivery on these terms. Reel Green seeks to do this efficiently and with the broadest representation of industry stakeholders as possible.

    Reel Green is governed by an Advisory Committee made of industry stakeholders who are recognized above as industry contributors. This committee works hand in hand with Creative BC to realize the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan. The committee meets regularly to monitor the progress of the Reel Green program, offer valuable insights and resources, and participate in program objectives.  


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  • Be Reel Green Video Guides

    A resource for the whole film community with 10 tips to green your production.

    Be Reel Green highlights Reel Green's mission and community building resources and presents the top ten tips for reducing a film production's environmental footprint. A free and essential resource for the BC film industry, with input from dozens of eco-minded cast and crew industry leaders.

    Check out the launch of the Be Reel Green campaign with dedicated videos on how to best green your production. 

    Share this video and others with your networks, on social media, in your boardrooms, production meetings, and beyond!

  • Reel Green Carbon Calculator - ONLINE

    Calculate the carbon footprint of your BC production for free using this online tool!

    Reel Green has worked in hand with the team at one of the industry’s leading carbon calculators, albert, to bring a carbon calculator to British Columbia, and now it is available for use on productions here in BC for free! 

    Calculating the carbon footprint of your production is an important step in understanding the impact of film production. Having consistent data and metrics from the industry can help organizations like Reel Green understand priority areas for sustainable practices as well as help productions understand and measure their carbon impact. 

    Additionally, with more available data points we can also derive economic benefits of going green on production! 

    Here is a video overview of how the calculator works. 


    Please contact us at reelgreen@creativebc.com to schedule a training!



  • Reel Green offers free climate and sustainable production training to all industry members as part of our commitment to reducing environmental impact.

    Reel Green's goal is to have every member of the industry take part in this course

    Learn more on how you can take part in the upcoming courses and what discover what carbon literacy is all about.

  • Food Donations

    Donating food helps keep food out of the landfill and helps feed the local community.

    Donating food is a great way to reduce food waste and help those in need. Food donations are encouraged and legal in every province!

    How to Donate Food:

    1. Decide to donate food
    2. Pick a charity/non-profit organization to donate (list below)
    3. Wrap up food and label it; weigh it
    4. Call the charity/non-profit to let them know you're coming
    5. Drop off the food
    Food donation drop-off locations have been compiled by Keep it Green Recycling and Green Spark Group.  Download a PDF or see the list below.

    Powell Street Getaway (Downtown)

    528 Powell Street Vancouver, B.C. 


    They will take deliveries from 9-9, 7 days a week - just call ahead and let them know you’re coming. Deliveries around back.


    Hornby Street Shelter

    1401 Hornby St, Vancouver


    Any food, best between 8am-4pm, but open 24hrs


    New Fountain Shelter

    356 E. Hastings St, Vancouver


    Any food, any time after 11am Weekdays or between 11am and 3pm

    Weekends; drop off in back alley


    1st and Commercial Shelte

    1648 East 1st Ave, Vancouver 


    Back up phone number if no one answers main # 604 440 1928 

    Food that is already prepped, any time, open 24hrs. NO Kitchen! 


    Sutherland/The Beacon Shelter 

    138 E Cordova St, Vancouver 

    Billy 604 646 6810 

    Any food, drop off 6am – 2pm weekdays, 8am to 12:30pm weekends

    Can pick up food from local shooting ie Downtown Vancouver during the above hours, please call to do this.


    Metson Shelter

    1060 Howe St, Vancouver


    Any food, any time, open 24hrs


    Triage Shelter

    707 Powell St, Vancouver


    Any food, anytime open 24 hrs. (best between 8am and 4pm)


    Yukon Shelter

    2088 Yukon St, Vancouver


    Almost any food, open 24hrs, 6am to 6pm for the kitchen


    Al Mitchell Place

    346 Alexander St, Vancouver 

    Troy 604-312-5860

    Call ahead so Troy can let his staff know to expect a drop off.

    Any food, any time


    Raincity Housing

    5616 Fraser St, Vancouver 


    Please give call ahead




    Riverside Shelter

    1640 Riverside Rd, Abbotsford


    Any food, any time, open 24hrs


    Cyrus Centre

    2616 Ware St, Abbotsford


    Any food, any time, open 24hrs (prefers call ahead)



    Emergency Shelter Progressing Housing Society

    2294 Douglas Road, Burnaby 


    Open 24 hours – please call to let them know you’re coming. (If after 5pm you need to dial ext 332)


    Linda’s House (Women shelter)

    Please call to get address day of drop off. (Deer lake park area) 


    Monday – Friday (preferably between 9-3) but call either way.




    Cyrus Centre

     45845 Wellington Ave, Chilliwack


     Any food, any time, open 24hrs, call ahead if want to.


    Ruth and Naomi’s Night Shelter

    46130 Margaret Ave, Chilliwack


    Any food, any time, open 24hrs


    Chilliwack Salvation Army Shelter

    45746 Yale Rd, Chilliwack

    604-792-0001 - Care and Share Building (Mon-Fri 9-4pm) 

    After hours phone (After 5pm and Weekends) 604-392-8510



    Coquitlam Shelter

    3030 Gordon Ave, Coquitlam


    Any food, any time, open 24hrs



    Gateway of Hope

    5787 Langley Bypass, Langley


    Any food safe food, that has been stored correctly, shelter open 24hrs, 

    Kitchen is open 7am-7pm. Ok to drop off at shelter kitchen


    New  Westminster

    Stevenson House for Men

    32 Elliot St, New Westminster


    Any food, any time, open 24hrs


    Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

    237 Columbia St, New Westminster

    Rivena 778-789-3195

    Call ahead, run by volunteers Mon, Tues, Thurs 3-9pm; Wed, Sat, Sun 10-5pm; Fri 12-6pm. Kitchen facility is small, blue building in front of Columbia Hospital.


    Russell Residence and Housing Centre

    740 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster


    They will take deliveries 24/7 just need to call ahead.


    North Shore

    Sage (Women’s safe house)

    **Will pick up – no less then 6 lbs**

    Email both: Froozan Gul fgsage@nscss.net

    and/or Frances Robinson frsage@nscss.net


    North Shore Housing Centre

    705 West 2nd Street, North Vancouver


    They will take deliveries 24/7. Please give call ahead, no parking in the front, need to go around back and they will come meet you.


    Maple Ridge

    Salvation Army

    22188 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge 

    604-463-8296 (Ext 103 – Kitchen)

    They will take deliveries between 9-6, 7 days a week call ahead and ask for or use ext for kitchen.



    Richmond House Emergency Shelter 

      12040 Horseshoe Way, Richmond.


       They are 24/7, feel free to call ahead or they said you can just drop by.



    Gateway Shelter and Front Room

      10667 – 135A Street Surrey


    They will take deliveries between 9-9, 7 days a week. 

    Go thru main/front room but call ahead.


    Options Hyland House Newton

    6595 King George Boulevard, Surrey 


    Any food, anytime.


  • Material Reuse

    Keep set materials out of the landfill and in circulation.

    Material reuse is a key sustainable production practice and a great way to save money.

    At strike, take materials to the Material Reuse Centre run by Keep it Green Recycling instead of paying to put them in a landfill.  

    Need materials?  Make an appointment to browse and take what you need for free.  This cuts down on labour to build sets, and cuts cost on material purchases.

    Items accepted:

    • Flats
    • Plywood
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • Wood
    • Carpet
    • Linoleum
    • Any reuseable items

    This is a great solution for the BC motion picture industry and for a sustainable future. To schedule your drop-off or pickup, please email:

  • Reel Green Ambassadors

    Reel Green Ambassadors are committed individuals who support the Reel Green mission.


    The intention of the Reel Green program is to engage those in the motion picture industry as we work toward our mission to enable the evolution and implementation of sustainable practices. Sustainable production is a journey and we need committed individuals to help us work toward the Reel Green mission, mitigate negative environmental impacts on productions and advocate  the importance of implementing sustainable production best practices to address the challenge of climate change.

  • We can stay healthy and be green at the same time. Read more about how we can prioritize sustainability while following the recommended COVID-19 Protocols.