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Looking Ahead: Sustainability Adding Value to Reopening

Museums have huge roles to play in helping all imagine and contemplate a sustainable future through engagement. The buildings housing exhibits, interactive displays, and collections also provide major opportunities to address climate action in positive and tangible ways, post COVID-19. On June 24, 2020, leaders from across the museum field convened in partnership with the Environment & Climate Network to share their approaches to sustainability.

Looking Ahead:  A year for Action towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations (UN) Climate Week inspires individuals and organizations to become part of the momentum created by the global climate agreement in Paris. It is a collaborative platform where both governments and non-governmental organizations stakeholders gather to address the gamut of relevant climate issues under one umbrella. This booklet is based on the webinar is co-hosted by the American Alliance of Museums and the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Ki Culture:  Missouri History Museum’s sustainability effort

Hear about the journey to green building certifications, energy benchmarking, and waste reduction. This is also a LEED case study of the facility and how deep it touches on many different departments of the museum.  Building facility emissions often account for 60-75% of carbon emissions of the institution.

Sustainability Excellence Award (SEA) 2020 – Mystic Seaport and Phipps Conservatory

Four museums have been recognized with 2020 Sustainability Excellence Awards, presented by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community. First presented in 2014, the awards recognize sustainability efforts in facilities, programming, and exhibits in both large and small institutions.

Sustainability Excellence Award (SEA) 2020 – National Nordic Museum and Spurlock Museum of World Culture

Four museums have been recognized with 2020 Sustainability Excellence Awards, presented by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community. First presented in 2014, the awards recognize sustainability efforts in facilities, programming, and exhibits in both large and small institutions.

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