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In an age of worsening fires and floods, museums are reinventing themselves — and their mechanical rooms

Category: Environmental Sustainability
Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez, executive director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, works to clean up the museum grounds after Hurricane Maria in 2017. (Museo de Arte de Ponce)
Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez, executive director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, works to clean up the museum grounds after Hurricane Maria in 2017. (Museo de Arte de Ponce)

“We have an opportunity to help the public process what is happening, and not just from a knowledge point of view but from an emotional and psychological point of view.”

–Sarah Sutton, principal at Sustainable Museums

The California Indian Museum is one of 79 institutions across the country that have received grants from the new Frankenthaler Climate Initiative — named for the abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler and created by her foundation this year. To be authoritative voices on climate, museums also must build trust by dealing with their own impact. That trust begins with the little things — eco-friendly light fixtures, sustainable waste management — and builds when museums show they will be there when natural disasters strike.

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