Sustainability at NYCCT

Learn how New York City Children's Theater embraces the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in our mission to promote children's literacy and social development through sustainable, accessible theater productions and arts-in-education programs.

How We Think About Sustainability


The Three Pillars of Sustainability, according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals are:


Not only is it unsustainable to pollute the earth, sea and skies, it is also unsustainable if children don’t all have equal opportunities to grow, thrive and prosper.

We are a United Nations community partner for Sustainable Development Goals advocacy, outreach and action. We are proud of the ways that we are already working to achieve many of the Global Goals, and aspire every day to do more.

"Shared prosperity on a healthy planet."

NYCCT’s favorite definition of Sustainability.

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The Global Goals

Our work already targets the following Sustainable Development Goals:

(Click on any of the goals below to learn more about them on the Global Goals website.)

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Global Goal 3

Good Health and Well-Being

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Global Goal 4

Quality Education

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Global Goal 5

Gender Equality

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Global Goal 10

Reduced Inequalities

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Global Goal 11

Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Global Goal 16

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Global Goal 17

Partnerships for the Goals

Sustainability in Our Shows

Past NYCCT productions that dealt with Sustainability include:

The Little Red Fish

The Little Red Fish

Wringer Nyc Childrens Theater Show


my city park

My City Park

if you really love polar bears

If You Really Love Polar Bears

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We have joined the Broadway Green Alliance, and we are grateful to them for their support, resources and toolkits to help us make theater in a greener way!

Stay tuned for announcements about arts-in-education programming dealing directly with the climate crisis, and the new play we’re developing that has the Global Goals embedded in it!

We are excited to continue to look for new ways to incorporate green-ness, consciousness and care into our productions, our programming, our office, and our everyday lives. New Yorkers have only one third of the carbon footprint of people living in suburbs or rural areas. We want to make sure our youngest citizens celebrate that—yet another way we can help them understand their impact on their world!


Some of our favorite resources for families:

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