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Albuquerque Film Office Launches Sustainability Resource Hub for Productions

Site provides robust directory to help film productions lessen their carbon footprint.

May 4, 2023

The Albuquerque Film Office (AFO) has launched a new sustainability resource hub for film productions, in partnership with the City of Albuquerque’s Sustainability Office. The comprehensive directory on the AFO’s website is a framework curated to help productions reach their sustainability goals, and support the City’s Climate Action Plan, which outlines recommended strategies to counter both local and global effects of climate change.

“As one the nation’s top cities for film, we want Albuquerque to be a leader in supporting a sustainable industry,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “This guide will help build relationships between productions and green resources to lessen negative impacts on the environment so our city can be a destination for film for generations to come.”

According to the Sustainable Production Alliance, major budget feature films can average over 3,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per day of filming, with the majority of emissions resulting from production vehicle and generator fuel consumption. Other contributing factors include air travel, utilities, and housing.

“Film productions have the potential to positively affect climate change by making both small and large changes to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Cyndy McCrossen, Albuquerque Film Office Liaison. “We’re a resource for productions in Albuquerque, and want to make the connections between productions and local businesses that provide sustainable services.”  

“The Climate Action Plan made clear that our community greatly values sustainability efforts and is committed to combating climate change,” said Denise Castillo-Gonzales, Sustainability Specialist. “Bringing these values into more sectors including film productions makes a major impact in reaching Albuquerque’s sustainability goals.”

The current directory offers a wide range of options to bolster a production’s sustainability. From the “Green Production Guide” to a list of organizations where leftover food can be donated, productions can find a wealth of resources, including: 

  • Eco-friendly dry cleaners,
  • Solar-powered generators,
  • Electric vehicle rentals,
  • And where to donate sets and costumes.

Film productions and the public can find more information about sustainable practices that can reduce energy consumption, waste, and carbon emissions, and discover ways to offset their carbon footprint by visiting the Albuquerque Film Office website.