The Spark is your introduction to sustainability mindset on production.

Learn the basics of systems thinking and explore the topics of materials, food and hydration, energy, fuel, and waste to advance sustainable production!

About this course

This course was created to spark your thinking ...

...and give you the knowledge you need to assess a situation with a sustainability mindset. It is an overview, not a deep dive - that will come later. We believe in empowering people to make good decisions. Our intention is to teach you how to think from a broader systems perspective, so that you walk away empowered to implement sustainable initiatives no matter what circumstances you face. Our approach is encouraging, fun and complimentary to broader sustainability programs and resources.

Hear what people are saying...

5 star rating

Solutions every production should be prioritizing!

Tristan Månsson-Perrone

This course was a great introduction to sustainable production and how opportunities exist in every part of the production process. Changes to operational impacts (food, water, materials, energy, transportation, etc) are an important place to start!

This course was a great introduction to sustainable production and how opportunities exist in every part of the production process. Changes to operational impacts (food, water, materials, energy, transportation, etc) are an important place to start!

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4 star rating

Great Summary Sustainability Course specialized to the film/tv industry!

Jessica Jennings

5 star rating

Great course for anyone working on set

Lena Welch

Wish I would have had this when I was just a baby PA!

Wish I would have had this when I was just a baby PA!

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5 star rating

The Green Gateway

Cole Marvin

This is a great introduction course that covers some "obvious" messages about sustainability, but relates it directly to our industry of film and television. This course is being taken a class of 19 film students at Belmont University in order to ...

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This is a great introduction course that covers some "obvious" messages about sustainability, but relates it directly to our industry of film and television. This course is being taken a class of 19 film students at Belmont University in order to engage the young and new minds joining the film industry and should continually be a part of the education of filmmaking since it is very quickly becoming a necessary aspect of the industry.

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5 star rating

Amazing course!

Emily Olubunmi

If you have always been a part of filming but have never considered how you can be sustainable on the set, well this is the course for you. When you complete this course you will be more familiar with ways to collaboratively reduce, reuse, and or ...

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If you have always been a part of filming but have never considered how you can be sustainable on the set, well this is the course for you. When you complete this course you will be more familiar with ways to collaboratively reduce, reuse, and or recycle materials used during production. I like what they said in the course "Lights...Camera...Clean Energy!"

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5 star rating

Informative and enjoyable

Patrick T. Dorsey

This is a great primer on sustainable production -- both informative and enjoyable, and very convenient to take as you can choose your own pace.

This is a great primer on sustainable production -- both informative and enjoyable, and very convenient to take as you can choose your own pace.

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5 star rating

Great sustainability foundation, relevant for entire crew

Mora Camplair

This course offers great overview of sustainability that will be helpful for EVERY crew member to take before prep. Educating the entire crew is essential in the weeks before shooting because so many input choices are made then. The length of the ...

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This course offers great overview of sustainability that will be helpful for EVERY crew member to take before prep. Educating the entire crew is essential in the weeks before shooting because so many input choices are made then. The length of the course is also great, not any longer than the other required safety & conduct courses.Take it!!

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Learning Objectives

In this overview course, you will:

  • Understand the concept of sustainability and production as a dynamic system

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to evaluate your working environment and make decisions that meaningfully integrate sustainable practices

  • Understand environmental impact areas and integrate ways of shifting behaviour to reduce impacts

  • Apply what you’ve learned and think sustainably in any situation

Please contact us if you’re interested in a professional or student group pricing.

support@greensparkgroup.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is this for?

    All crew! Producers, Directors, ADs, UPMs, Coordinators, Department Heads, all crew in all departments; Anyone who needs an overview of sustainable systems thinking basics

  • Will I receive a certificate of completion?

    Yes!

  • Can I show my certificate of completion to a studio?

    Yes! Your training certificate is for both your benefit, as well as the productions you work on.

  • Are you sharing this course with unions?

    Yes! And you can too! Please ask your union about it and encourage fellow members to take it.

  • Why are you charging for it when there’s already a lot of information out there for free?

    We’ve been highly involved in creating a lot of the free materials available online, and we encourage you to use them! This course provides a groundwork for understanding how to apply the principles and information in all of those materials to your day to day on the job. We also lay out a comprehensive resource list of the highest quality materials and how/when to use them, so you don’t need to waste time wading through the overwhelming volume of online sustainability materials.

  • Can I take this course if I work in a country other than the USA?

    Yes! We intentionally focused on concepts that are applicable in a production context in any jurisdiction. There will be differences in the way these concepts are applied given your local context, but after taking this course you will be informed and can contribute to the sustainability of your production that much faster and easier.

  • Do you have a group pricing plan?

    Yes, we have professional group pricing. Email us at support@greensparkgroup to get your group code.

  • What if I want to work in Sustainable Production?

    Great! There will be a space to indicate this in the exit survey after you’ve taken the course.

WELCOME!

“We believe all productions should be made with sustainability in mind. This course offers a way to think through decisions and make sustainable choices." - Zena Harris, President, Green Spark Group