Sustainability

The Academy’s Sustainability Commitment

The Academy is dedicated to sustainable practices throughout our programs, buildings, and initiatives. Some key components of this commitment follow.


Academy Museum LEED Certification

In October of 2020, the Academy Museum was awarded a LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Short for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” a LEED designation is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The world’s most widely used green-building rating system, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, cost-saving green buildings.

Designed and built to be environmentally responsible, the Academy Museum contains the following components:

  • High-performance indoor environmental systems
  • Solar power systems
  • Waste reduction programs
  • Easy public transportation access
  • Ride-share pickup and drop-off
  • Bicycle racks
  • Flow-conscious water fixtures
  • A stormwater reuse system for landscaping irrigation
  • Natural ventilation on its bridges and terraces
  • Maximized natural daylighting
  • High-efficiency LED lighting
  • Green cleaning and integrated pest control programs
  • Radiant heating and cooling
  • Solar-tracked automated shading and ventilation

All Academy Facilities

The Academy Museum is the Academy’s third adaptive reuse project. All of these projects have extended the lifespan of existing structures, reduced waste, conserved resources, and created a smaller carbon footprint than new buildings.

In addition, all four of the Academy’s Los Angeles buildings have:

  • Eliminated the use of plastic water bottles
  • Water refill systems
  • New LED lights attached to motion sensors in place of antiquated fixtures 
  • Codified systems of waste disposal including a new composting program to reduce landfill waste

Clean Air Commuter Program

The Academy offers a robust Clean Air Commuter Program for Academy employees. It is designed to help our employees decrease carbon emissions, cut commuting expenses, and minimize environmental impact. This is a voluntary program for employees who choose to walk, bike, carpool, or take public transportation to commute to the workplace for work-related activities.

Employees can participate in the Pave Commute App, which provides tracking and incentives for commuting to work without the use of a single occupancy vehicle. In addition, the Academy offers free EZ transit passes for LA metropolitan area-based employees that commute to work via public transportation. And employees who work in our London and New York offices and who utilize public transportation for commuting are reimbursed for expenses.


Oscars, Governors Awards, Governors Ball, and other Special Events

The Academy is committed to operating as an environmentally responsible organization and ultimately reaching carbon neutrality. Our collective efforts around our special events are designed to account for our emissions, improve waste diversion, and pilot new organizational programs and technologies in line with best practices. These efforts include:

  • Tracking and measuring our overall carbon emissions and environmental impact
  • Educating event guests and staff about the benefits of sustainable fashion via our Global Sustainable Style Guide
  • Eliminating single-use plastic water bottles and encouraging reuse by providing water refill systems and canned water bottles where necessary
  • Ending paper ticketing and using digital tickets and parking passes
  • Working with vendors, suppliers and partners that are committed to sustainability
  • Offering menus with 50% plant-based and vegetarian dishes
  • Serving food that is responsibly sourced, sustainably farmed, or listed on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch recommendation list
  • Donating excess food to Chefs to End Hunger
  • Composting non-donated food
  • Utilizing energy-efficient LED lights and battery-operated LED candles
  • Ensuring that all lighting, audio, rigging equipment and furniture are rented or repurposed
  • Ensuring that rechargeable batteries are used and recycled in all headsets, comteks, transmitters, and microphones
  • Utilizing plastic, metal, glass, paper, and cardboard that can be recycled
  • Utilizing Rent-The-Runway for all employees to help encourage attire rental
  • Ensuring all floral arrangements are created in reusable glass vases, and that the floral foam used is biodegradable
  • Composting all fresh flowers and greenery
  • Working with Earth Angel Sustainable Production Services to support Academy events on waste collection
  • Ensuring at least 50% of fabrication and packing materials are reused, recycled or composted
  • Reusing hardware and plywood subflooring

Awards Materials

As an awards organization, the Academy is deeply committed to supporting a sustainable awards process. The Academy does not permit physical awards materials to be sent to Academy members. This includes screenplays, screening invitations, and film advertisement flyers. In addition, the mailing of DVDs and CDs to Academy members is banned. We now offer a digital platform for first run films in consideration for an Oscar on our members only app, the Academy Screening Room.