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Looking Ahead: Sustainability Adding Value to Reopening

June 24, 2020, 12-1pm EST


As the world faces the unprecedented in climate crisis and pandemics, museums are more important than ever for facilitating essential human connection.  Museums have a huge role to play in helping people imagine and contemplate that future through art and community engagement.  The buildings housing exhibits, interactive display, and collection are also major opportunities to address climate action in positive and tangible ways.  The new ARC tool provides continuous metrics to help museums improve.  And green museums will already be ahead in readiness to welcome back the public.  Come hear these engaging leaders on their approach to sustainability and museum reopening – more importantly, what is that value proposition.

Co-Sponsors: Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Western Museums Association, Association of Midwest Museums, Pennsylvania Federation of Museums, Texas Association of Museums, partners in formation

Presenters: Julie Decker, PhD:  Director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum; Angela Moore: Facilities and Sustainability Coordinator for the Missouri Historical Society; Deborah Gilpin: President and CEO at Madison Children’s Museum

Moderator: Joyce Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow: President of IndigoJLD


Internal and External Programs, How You Can Support Sustainability at Your Museum

August 13, 2020, 2-3pm EST

How do you create lasting change in your museum? Come learn from the Mystic Seaport Museums journey to eliminate single-use plastic and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s “Make the Switch at Phipps: Green Power Drive” that helped over 5,000 homes have switched to green power .

Presenters: Richard V. Piacentini, WELL AP: President and CEO of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Sherri Ramella: Advancement Events Manager of the Mystic Seaport Museum.

Moderator: Nicole Smith: Assistant Manager of VSA Membership of the Kennedy Center


Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow: Approaches to Achieving Environmental Sustainability On-Site

September 16, 2020, 3-4pm EST

Environmental sustainability goals for our museum buildings can seem daunting. Join us to hear about two Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) winning projects on The National Nordic Museums’ new LEED Gold certification building and The Spurlock Museum of World Cultures steps in their current building to be a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.

Presenters: Elizabeth Sutton: Director of the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and Eric Nelson: Executive Director and CEO of the National Nordic Museum

Moderator: Nicole Smith: Assistant Manager of VSA Membership of the Kennedy Center

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