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Environmental sustainability a priority for museums, report finds

Patrick Steel, 07.03.2018
Census shows 94% of respondents experienced benefits from environmental actions
The Creative Climate Census 2018, produced by Julie’s Bicycle, has found that 94% of museum and heritage organisations that responded experienced benefits from environmental actions.

Other key findings were that while 94% of museum and heritage organisations consider environmental sustainability to be relevant to their organisation’s vision and mission, only 44% think that environmental sustainability has become more important to their organisation over the last few years, while 83% think environmental sustainability will become more important over the next few years.

The report also found that the top three support requirements for museums and heritage organisations were embedding environmental actions into day-to-day operations; effectively communicating environment-related work; and accessing external funding.

The report makes five recommendations: development of a shared vision and strategy for change for the cultural sector; more opportunities to share knowledge and network; development of collective procurement options for greener products and services to be identified regionally and locally; training, mentoring and skills development for individuals working in the industry; and leadership voices, funders and policymakers to recognise their influence in shaping this work.

“There is clear evidence of an evolution of organisational strategies: respondents highlighted that environmental sustainability was now an embedded, overarching feature of strategic considerations and actions are becoming routine,” the report states.

“In 2014, many organisations reported that they ‘sometimes’ considered environmental sustainability in decision-making whereas in 2017 more are now reporting that they routinely consider environmental sustainability for the same decisions.”