How can a museum become more sustainable?

  • Strategic planning for management during the transition to sustainable practices;
  • Gathering information on sustainability issues related to the transition, which tend to be both complex and interconnected. Potential topics to take into consideration include (but are not limited to):
  • Organization of the floors;
  • Water and wastewater management;
  • Air pollution: ambient air quality management, indoor air quality management and control, etc;
  • Waste management: waste reduction and minimization; recourse recovery and conservation; solid waste treatment technology and disposal; organization of paper, plastic, metal and other materials;
  • Energy and resources: the use of sustainable energy can be implemented through changes in lighting, climate control, storage/depot facilities, renovations, research (analytical tools), equipment; and the usage of life-cycle assessments and environmental policy instruments;
  • The creation of more avenues for communication, such as a report of sustainable activities, the sharing of data, etc.;
  • Staff training: a clear environmental policy, a widespread awareness and frequent discussion of green practices;
  • Museum services: improvement of the local trade; downloadable audio-guides; e-tickets; eco-friendly supplies; the encouragement of preservation of the environment through social initiatives, etc.;
  • Coordinating data; key research relating to sustainability can be sourced from many different places. A major part of knowledge structuring is the summary and dissemination of current information. Sustainability science can construct and coordinate a framework within which the vast amount of relevant data can be easily accessed and managed;
  • Developing knowledge, models, forecasts, and databases, to be consistently updated;
  • Reconciling the development of basic strategies with research focused on specific challenges and interdisciplinary approaches; a cooperative effort which should be integrated with cross-disciplinary coordination.

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