Environmental Sustainability (Operations)

LED Lighting in Museums

American Alliance of Museums

Museum magazine discusses LED lighting and how using them promotes sustinability for a museum’s operations. The article also discusses color quality, safety around life-sensitive artifacts, glard, and balancing preservation with operations.

Small(er) and Green(er) Sustainability on a Limited Budget

American Alliance of Museums

The Alliance provides a handout from its 2013 annual meeting, which provides practical information and several short case studies to illustrate how museums can make changes in all areas of their operations that improve their sustainability. The session explored modestly-priced or even free ways in which even smaller museums can implement green practices and become sustainable. (PDF)

A Greener Tomorrow

American Alliance of Museums

Museum magazine discusses museum sustainability holistically, providing a comprehensive breakdown of ways to green the museum in many areas of its operations: facilities, food concessions, exhibit design, collections care, and historic preservation.

Saving Collections and the Planet

American Alliance of Museums

Museum magazine summarizes sustainable conservation measures that museums can adopt in storage, facilities, general operations and collections care.

How Sustainable Is Your Historic House Museum?

American Association for State and Local History

American Association for State and Local History (AASHL) provides a technical leaflet that summarize eleven elements of a healthy, sustainable historic house museum. (PDF, 12 pages)

Sustainable Practices Toolkit

Association of Zoos and Aquaria (AZA)
The AZA Green Scientific Advisory Group created this Sustainable Practices Toolbox to share resources designed to raise awareness of ways to conserve natural resources.

Principles for sustainable museums

Museums Association

The UK Museums Association shares 11 principles for sustainable museums as well as provides a downloadable checklist to assess whether or not your museum is meeting these principles.

Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) has a Preservation Brief that offers guidance on energy management in historic buildings. It recommends measures that will achieve the greatest energy savings with the least alteration to the structure, while using materials that do not cause damage. It discusses inherent energy saving characteristics, passive measures, retrofitting measures, and mechanical equipment.

Evaluating and Selecting Green Products

Whole Building Design Guide

Whole Building Design Guide supplies a comprehensive article on selecting green products. The resource shares information on green product standards and directories and guidance on understanding green terminology. It also shares a number of additional resources which may help museums with building and designing green spaces.

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