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Steven Holtzman, Canal Creatures Productions

February 1, 2013 - Bringing sustainable practices to new productions is all part of the job for Steve Holtzman. As a producer and co-founder of Canal Creatures Productions, he and his team provide sustainable production services and serve as freelance producers.

���Producers will hire us, depending on the job, so we���re conscious of lowering the carbon footprint,��� he said. With offices located at Gowanus Canal, Canal Creatures was washed out of the space during Sandy, but they���re still active and are more mobile at the moment.

The goal of Canal Creatures ���is to inspire change.��� At the start of a project, Holtzman and his team shares a business model that makes sustainability easier. ���We outline the goals of the project, and then we figure out, ���Can we get away with less trucks? Can we eliminate plastic water bottles on set?������ said Holtzman. For a one day shoot, he pointed out that buying reusable water bottles has a significant impact on the environment while the financial impact is equal to buying plastic bottles.

Holtzman, who has worked his way up in the industry, started out as a PA. ���I saw so much waste, throwing away unused tape, props, furniture, plants.��� As he advanced in his career, he would have conversations with the producer asking if the production could donate their items at the end of the shoot.

���People are often afraid to embrace that extra step,��� he said. Now as part of the latest initiative from Canal Creatures Productions, the team is launching an eco-manager training program that would teach different ways to bring sustainability techniques to set and save on the bottom line. He���s also the co-chair of PGA Green and works regularly with Film Biz Recycling and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.

Holtzman is very proud of the career he���s built in New York City. ���I love New York. New York is home.��� Some of his fondest memories include working on a legendary track walk with racecar drivers Bill Auberlen and Skip Barber for BMW as well as being one of the producers on the show open for ���The Colbert Report.���

���New York is an incredible place where so much art comes together,��� he said.
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