"By all means, we should conserve resources. We should recycle and reuse. But along those lines, paper is a good renewable resource."
Exactly. In recent years, the point has been brought home that plastics are an infinitely larger and more severe problem than paper, because paper is biodegradable and plastics are not. Anyway, I find the "going green" argument against having printed programs at theaters very disingenuous -- meaning, I don't think that's the real reason for it. And to whatever degree "going green" is part of the reason, that can be addressed by various methods -- for example, asking people if they want a program as they enter the theater, and also providing a dropbox on the way out for people who don't feel it necessary to keep their programs after the show is over.