Introduction: greener museums

It is increasingly obvious that museums will have to find ways to reduce the environmental costs of preserving the past and providing access to it

Benefits of going green

With evidence of climate change growing yearly, museums must start doing more to reduce their environmental impact, writes David Martin.

Developing an environmental policy

There are simple ways to reduce your environmental impact, and plenty of advice on steps to take. But developing a policy to take a long-term viewis vital

Simple steps towards a greener museum

Cutting energy use is just part of reducing your environmental impact – you should consider your purchasing, transport and recycling policies, too

Cutting energy and water use

Cutting energy and water use in buildings should be at the heart of any museum’s strategy – and there are many ways to achieve this

Greener collection care

Balancing care of collections with concern for the environment is important - as is using collections to educate about the environment

Case study: sustainability

Gibson Mill, a former cotton mil,l leads the way for sustainability, generating all its power and water, and disposing of its own waste

Case study: green heritage centre

The Jervis Bay area in Australia was once earmarked to be a steelworks - now it is home to a 'green' heritage centre.

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