Smarter Business: Green Business Guides

Building on work initiated at the 50th GRAMMY Awards, ecologically intelligent practices have again been integrated into the planning and production of this year's GRAMMY Awards. The Recording Academy® collaborated with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non partisan environmental organization, to continue the journey to reduce The Recording Academy's ecological footprint. The paper products and other supplies that were bought and the services procured were selected with sensitivity toward reducing the threats we face from global warming, species extinction, deforestation, toxic waste, and hazardous chemicals in our water and food. Some of the highlights from this year's initiative are below.

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The entire production of the telecast and pre-telecast of the 55th GRAMMY Awards (24 MWh) is being powered by 100 percent renewable energy purchased through the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.


The GRAMMY Celebration® features reusable china and glassware. Most of the food serviceware used for crew is biobased and compostable.

The GRAMMY Celebration menu, created by Along Came Mary, features organic and locally grown selections, including meat, produce, and cheese. All seafood is sustainably produced.

Leftover edible food from the Celebration is donated to local organizations in need, including the Upward Bound House, which provides homes for families with children, and Angel’s Flight, which is a refuge for runaway teens in the Los Angeles area.

Waste & Recycling

As part of The Recording Academy's ongoing commitment to reduce waste and protect the environment, all refuse will be sorted to maximize recycling. STAPLES Center will recycle all glass, aluminum, paper, and cooking oils, as well as many plastics, and will compost organic waste from food preparation. Organic waste from the GRAMMY Celebration will also be removed for composting, and all cooking oil used for the Celebration will be recycled.

Corks will be recycled at the GRAMMY Celebration and MusiCares Person of the Year tribute.


All incoming ticketing requests were processed electronically. Many GRAMMY Week invitations and RSVPs were electronic, avoiding the printing of 700 invitations and envelopes.

Most paper products (envelopes, letterhead, posters, etc.) were printed on paper containing 50 percent to 100 percent postconsumer recycled content.


Most furniture/set pieces on stage are rentals and reusable.


In partnership with Ride Amigos, The Recording Academy is sponsoring a ridesharing program for awards attendees in which the first 100 carpools to sign up (through will receive free parking.


Volunteers are assisting crew, STAPLES staff, and media representatives with information about The Recording Academy's environmental initiatives and interacting with guests and staff about environmental issues. Information on GRAMMY greening is also being broadcast on GRAMMY Live.

last revised 2/12/2013

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