EMA Programs / EMA Green Seal

Green Seal LogoThe EMA Green Seal is a recognition program honoring progress in sustainable production. As the only environmental nonprofit working within the entertainment industry to motivate through role modeling, the Environmental Media Association along with its partner, Green Seal, created the Program to both promote sustainable production methods and identify those in the industry who’ve made a significant effort to reduce their production’s environmental impact.

Our Program honors film and television productions as well as award shows and galas. The Program’s criteria cover all facets of a production to provide a practical, comprehensive guide to environmentally responsible filmmaking and event planning. In each area of focus, the criteria include specific environmental actions in order to help producers focus their greening efforts.

The EMA Green Seal Program is designed to be flexible enough that any production can potentially qualify, regardless of budget or size. The Program is based on a self-assessment by the production company on how well it complies with the criteria developed by EMA and Green Seal.

For resource ideas and additional information, please call the EMA office: 323-556-2790.


Green Seal Recipients

View a list of past recipients – films, television series, and events recognized by EMA Green Seal.


Find additional resources at GreenProductionGuide.com.

The Recognition Process

green_production_guide_logo_01.jpgThe Program rating is determined on a scale of 150 points and, in addition to the mandatory requirements of the program, a minimum threshold of 60 points must be obtained in order to receive EMA Green Seal recognition. The rating is based on a self-assessment by the production company on how well it complies with the Program criteria developed by EMA and Green Seal. Neither EMA nor Green Seal verifies the accuracy of the self-assessment unless there is a set visit.

A set visit to the primary production location(s) is not required for recognition to be conferred, but it does carry a significant point value that can be advantageous for those productions willing and able to pursue it. The visit allows us to see first-hand those practices put in place and to interview representatives of the production.

How to Apply

In order to apply for an EMA Green Seal recognition, please fill out the "EMA-Green Seal Application". The application lists each specific environmental initiative considered in the self-assessment. 

Application Timeline: For recognition at the 2015 EMA Awards, please complete and submit the application before September 5, 2015. For those productions planning a site visit, please allow for two or three weeks of lead-time in order to schedule.

Submit the EMA Green Seal Application »

About Green Seal, Inc.

Founded in 1989, Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Green Seal’s industry knowledge and standards help manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life.

A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, Green Seal issued its first environmental standards in 1991, and the first product certifications were completed in 1992. Thousands of products and services from major companies such as 3M, Clorox, and Andersen Windows have now been certified to meet Green Seal standards, and the number of major product categories covered by standards has increased to more than 300.

Today, Green Seal has established a significant market among government agencies, universities, restaurants/food services, and the lodging and architectural building industries. Green Seal actively advises and assists these institutions and industry sectors in its efforts to green their purchasing, operations, and facilities management functions.