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THE INCREDIBLE HULK

Keeping THE INCREDIBLE HULK Green
At a time when more and more people and productions are supporting environmental causes and charities, the cast, filmmakers and crew of THE INCREDIBLE HULK decided that it was time to take their beliefs one step further and to apply them to their own industry.

Gale Anne Hurd explains: "When we first started having meetings back in Los Angeles about THE INCREDIBLE HULK, it brought to mind that we were dealing with the biggest, most well-known green character on the planet. Edward Norton has been a committed environmentalist for a long time, and when you have a green character and people with an environmental consciousness, the opportunity is there to put the two together.”

The production team embraced the idea. Much of the cast and crew already employed green practices at home, so bringing the same environmental consciousness to work was a logical next step. THE INCREDIBLE HULK adopted a vigorous program to reduce the film's impact on the environment. The goal was to be as green as possible, and every department participated to reduce its waste and energy consumption—the production's carbon footprint.

By its very nature, the transportation department on a film can be a huge polluter. One of the first practices instituted on the production was, wherever possible, to use hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles. Transport found a source of ultra-low sulfur diesel for all diesel vehicles and generators and instituted a strict "no idling” policy on all lots and locations.

The construction department chose to forego the use of lauan, an affordable and readily available tropical hardwood that is, unfortunately, not harvested in a sustainable manner. In its place, a sustainably harvested, locally sourced yellow pine was used. Whenever possible, the pine was recycled, repurposed or reclaimed and offered for use by agencies such as Habitat for Humanity. The scenic art department crew members used zero- or low-VOC paints and took turns taking paint cans to the hazardous waste drop-off center on their weekends off work.

The craft and catering departments sourced locally grown produce and eliminated plastic grocery bags with the use of cloth shopping bags. On-set food was served in biodegradable rather than Styrofoam containers, and china and silverware were used for lunch, as were biodegradable utensils for those on the go. As a start-of-production gift to reduce plastic water bottles and take-out hot beverage containers, Hurd gave everyone on the crew a stainless steel mug. Additionally, a contractor was hired to provide and remove bins at every location and set, thereby recycling paper, plastic, glass and cans.

Other green activities and efforts instituted throughout production included: • Paperless distribution or use of recycled paper wherever possible • Use of rechargeable batteries by the sound department • Implementation of biodegradable soaps and cleaners in trailers and production offices • Installation of compost and green bins in the production office kitchen, as well as in the lunch tents and craft trucks

Sums up Hurd, "As filmmakers, I think it's our responsibility to be leaders and to be able to find new ways of making movies a much more environmentally conscious enterprise. The cast and crew of THE INCREDIBLE HULK chose to take the mission of the greening of our film seriously; it's time for this kind of initiative to become the norm, not the exception, in film and television production.”

Production wrapped, THE INCREDIBLE HULK team said goodbye to 3:30 a.m. mountain shots, being bruised up by men in green suits, the noise that was the constant propane bomb poppers, and, of course, The Hulkinator.

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