Greentrack Ghent is the sustainability 'think and do tank' of the cultural sector in Ghent. Through experiment and mutual exchange we are co-creating a long-term sustainable future.
We started in 2012 with 4 members and have now grown into a network of 56, representing all the major and smaller cultural organizations in Ghent. We aim to be a catalyst in making the local cultural sector more socially and ecologically sustainable. We collect our members’ environmental performance data and help them to create action plans, formulate and share ambitions and take steps towards becoming more sustainable organizations. We work closely together with the City of Ghent in reducing CO2 emissions and in looking at climate adaptation. We try to find answers to specific questions and needs that arise among our members and then collaborate on projects with them (e.g. group purchasing of renewable energy or sustainable products; debate on reusable cups; sharing materials and tools via an online platform, etc.). We also collaborate with other partners (our own members, other sustainability networks or European partners) on more experimental, artistic or awareness projects.
Greentrack's 10 guidelines Members of Greentrack Ghent embrace our 10 guidelines for a sustainable cultural scene which are also the basis for the sustainable actions they all take. We consider sustainability in its broadest sense and focus as much on mobility, food, waste, water, a just sustainability, work-life balance as on infrastructure and energy. Click here to read our 10 guidelines.
Think tank climate adaptation > a workshop with local organisations and Greentrack members in one of the neighbourhoods of Ghent. All the participants were first informed about climate change, the impact on our city and how Ghent is adapting and then we discussed the local impact and adaptation possibilities in this specific neighbourhood in Ghent.
Session for members: presentation and exchange by the Stadsbouwmeester ('City Architect') of Ghent about the infrastructural challenges for Ghent, a vision for cultural infrastructure and questions about climate adaptation and cultural patrimonium.
2018-2021: Cultural Adaptations > A European project with Glasgow, Göteborg and Dublin on the role of cultural organisations, cultural practictioners and artists on climate adaptation, and on the impact of climate adaptation on the cultural sector
Memorandum > With the local elections of 2018 ahead Greentrack wrote a statement with more than 40 recommendations, propositions and ideas to be presented to and signed by the major political parties of Ghent
Duo Dates > Artistic professionals with multicultural background are joined up in duos to write project proposals on diversity
Info session for members on collaborating with refugees > How can you engage refugees in your organisation and what are the challenges?
Culture or money: head or tail? > A debate with representatives of the main Belgian banks to question and discuss with them the sustainability of the financial sector
Fijne Stof > An artistic guerilla intervention to bring the attention to the problem of microdust in cities
They are advised and guided by both a board of directors and an advisory board, each of them consisting of members from the network.
Met de steun van de stad Gent, Gent Klimaatstad en De Vlaamse Gemeenschap. Deze en andere partners engageren zich om de cultuursector in Gent ecologischer en duurzamer te maken. Also with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.