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Greener Museums 

Members of this Resource & Discussion Group can:

  • Find resources to help your institution go green
  • Network with professionals in the field
  • Participate in discussions
  • Share information and ideas
  • Become part of the on-line Green Museum community

Members: 36
Latest Activity: Dec 8, 2013

Welcome to the Greener Museums group. This group was created for those involved with or have an interest in creating sustainable green practices in museums. Please feel free to share your institution's green initiatives with the group. This group will be monitored by Sarah Brophy, co-author of The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice.

 

Quick Links to Resources for Green Museums

 

Organizations and Committees

AAM Professional Interest Committee for Green Museums

Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD)

 

Publications

Museums and Environment Bibliography PDF (compiled by ICOM)

Sustainability and Museums: Your Chance to Make a Difference (from Museums Association) pdf
Sustainability and Museums: Report of Consultation (from Museums Association) January 2009 pdf
Sustainability and Museums: Have Your Say Introductory Leaflet (from Museums Association) pdf
Sustainability and Museums Checklist (from Museums Association) August 2009 Word Document

 

Employment

Society for Environmental Graphic Design Job Bank

*Check back regularly for more resources as this list is continuously updated

Do you know of additional Resources for Green Museums? Please post them in the comments field!

 

last updated March 2, 2013

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Take Away Message in Museums Does Not Match Cafeteria Take Away Practices

Started by Megan Southwood. Last reply by Megan Southwood Jul 26, 2011. 1 Reply

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Comment by Megan Southwood on March 22, 2012 at 2:00am

Greener Museums Group:

I hope you are all busy with your green museum projects.  I hope that you'll update the group about what you are working on. This group is also a great resource for asking others in the field how to get started on a green project in your museum. I am also regularly posting links to resources at the top of this page, so keep checking in. Also, let me know what resources I should add, please!

Check out some new resources I posted in the group:

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) has great resources for museum designers who want to build sustainable and environmentally friendly spaces in museums. They also have a job bank for job seekers and employers looking to hire in the field. So, join when you have a chance!

Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD)

Society for Environmental Graphic Design Job Bank

Comment by Megan Southwood on July 26, 2011 at 12:58pm
Check out this week's featured blog, Sustainable Museums by Sarah Brophy.
Comment by Megan Southwood on September 6, 2010 at 10:20pm
I am happy to announce that Sarah Brophy, co-author of The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice will now be monitoring this group. Please invite your colleagues to join in the green discussion with Sarah.
Comment by Megan Southwood on August 30, 2010 at 11:21pm
I'm looking forward to Sarah Brophy's Green Museum course, which starts tomorrow! Thanks so much Mark Leadenham for letting me know that Sarah teaches a course at GW. I am looking forward to learning ways to implement green practices while planning and redesigning exhibition spaces.
Comment by Sarah Brophy on August 23, 2010 at 11:53am
Ah - I like Serena's additions to the 'get started' list way back in June - engagement and an outside review/discusison to help you get started.
Comment by Megan Southwood on August 21, 2010 at 6:32pm
Comment by Serena Bolliger on June 18, 2010 at 7:44am
Hi Sarah! I'd add to that list
8) Get engaged- it's hard to commit to something when none of the staff feel invested
9) Have an outside consultant come in for an initial consultation to get the ball rolling. Even if it's another museum professional from an institution that you have heard is doing a great job (or the energy auditor you've booked!) - having someone with an idea of what they're doing come in and talk to you is invaluable.
Comment by Sarah Brophy on June 18, 2010 at 7:22am
Meagan asked about some get-started-green ideas for the group. Green is so complex that knowing where to start suggesting is hard, so instead I always start with some philosophical groundwork:
1) No one goes green all at once
2) No one goes all-green anyway
3) There's no 'right' way to go green
4) Let go of the guilt: it inteferes with progress
5) You don't have to build to be green
6) Once you start it gets easier, and
7) First thing you do - get an energy audit!
Comment by Megan Southwood on June 16, 2010 at 5:56am
Towards Greener Museums: Sustainability & Environmental Strateg... was sponsored by Museum-id and was held on March 24, 2010 at The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, Notting Hill, London.

The one-day seminar looked at positive solutions to reduce and mitigate the environmental impact of museums and cultural organizations. The event explored practical steps museums can take to reduce their carbon footprint and the role of museums in contributing to learning, raising awareness & greening their communities.

The Seminar PowerPoint slides were posted by Gregory Chamberlain on the Museum-id Greener Museums group.
I have re-posted them here.

Critical Issues in Sustainability: An Approach for Museums
by Rachel Maden, Director, Greener Museums
CriticalIssues_RachelMadan_MuseumID.pdf

Building Solutions
by Mark Hammond, Managing Principal, Purcell Miller Tritton LLP
BuildingSolutions_MarkHammond_MuseumID.pdf

Green Mansions: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Historic Houses
by Nigel Blades, Preventive Conservation Advisor
GreenMansion_NigelBlades_MuseumID.pdf

Towards Greener Museums: Learning & Community at Their Core
by Bridget McKenzie
LearningCommunity_BridgetMcKenzie_MuseumID.pdf
Comment by Mark Leadenham on June 12, 2010 at 9:28am
Thank you for inviting me to this group. I actually am good friends with Sarah Brophy. I took her class called The Green Museums at GW.

Anyway, by virtue of what NASM collects, we naturally deal in lots of toxic chemicals, radioactive hazards, and technical waste. However we have a Green Committee, and we are religious about recycling around the office.
 

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Take Away Message in Museums Does Not Match Cafeteria Take Away Practices

Started by Megan Southwood. Last reply by Megan Southwood Jul 26, 2011. 1 Reply

Have you ever noticed that many natural history museums, zoos and aquariums work so hard to make "conservation" their take away message......while their take away plates and utensils in their cafeterias are nothing but green?  What message are we…Continue

What is your institution doing to "green" your museum?

Started by Megan Southwood May 17, 2010. 0 Replies

Please share the steps you are taking to make your museums greener.Continue

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