This section features museums from around the world who are actively engaged in sustainable solutions. Click on the links to find out more information about what initiatives are being implemented at other institutions and get ideas for how to go green at your own museum. 

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Museums and Climate Change Network

Galvanising the power of Museums, facing the greatest challenge of our times.

This is a place to explore intersection between museums and climate change. The MCC Network was started as a response to the urgent need to engage a broad public in the issues of climate change and the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans. Museums are trusted sources of knowledge, valuable sites for gathering, creating and sharing powerful stories.


They are places that enable audiences to slow down and reflect – all important for reaching the goal of engaging hearts and minds. As more museums step into considering past, current and future challenges, more outreach, education, exhibitions, and multimedia resources are being created. The insights, ideas and inspiration that spring from these experiences are important to share. This is why we are here.

Sustainable Museums

Sustainable Museums is a consultancy for museums, sites, zoos, gardens, aquariums, and science & nature centers, anywhere, who want to plan more strategic engagement with initiatives around environmental sustainability and climate resilience.

Most institutions are already doing some green work and green thinking. With support and a plan, it is so much simpler to tackle new projects with widespread benefits.

American Alliance of Museums

Environment and climate network

The Environment and Climate Network (formerly PIC Green Museum Network) is a collaborative and pro-active community working to establish museums as leaders in environmental stewardship and sustainability, and climate action.

During the 2018 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo, the Network was renamed from “PIC Green Museum Network” to Environment and Climate Network. In the last ten years since the Network’s official founding, accomplishments include establishing the annual Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) to educate, facilitate, and encourage green practices in museums, hosting multiple sustainability summits, workshops, and sessions, and connecting colleagues across the world in a collaborative conversation of why environmental sustainability and museums should not be mutually exclusive.

We believe that a museum’s role in the community includes being a resource for information and building awareness of issues that impact our world today. The Environment and Climate Network’s focus is to explore and articulate environmentally sustainable practices and taking climate action as fundamental to all museum missions. By setting a strong example through education, museums can catalyze a potential triple net effect that encompasses economic, social, and environmental issues, internally and externally.


Examples of Museums going GREEN

Increasingly museums are going through sustainability projects:

Van Gogh Museum (NL)

Children’s Museum Pittsburgh (USA)

Museums Galleries Australia

The Green Museum Project is a new sustainability initiative developed by Museums Australia (Victoria). 

Climate Change Museum (NY)

The Climate Museum’s mission is to employ the sciences, art, and design to inspire dialogue and innovation that address the challenges of climate change, moving solutions to the center of our shared public life and catalyzing broad community engagement.

American Museum of Natural History (USA)

Recent exhibit on Climate Change and Sustainability Principles

The California Academy of Sciences - San Fransisco, USA

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, from breeding endangered African penguins to building the greenest museum on Earth. See how we’re shrinking our carbon footprint, expanding species and ecosystem conservation, and making it easy for you to get involved.Communicating hope, finding solutions, and taking action together.

Explore PlanetVision

Now more than ever, the choices we make as a species will determine the world we leave for future generations.

With PlanetVision, the California Academy of Sciences offers a blueprint for a sustainable future.

By focusing on straightforward, effective actions that individuals, communities, businesses, and governments can take to improve our food, water, and energy systems, solutions to these global challenges are in sight.

Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Van Gogh Museum holds a ‘BREEAM-NL In-Use’ sustainability certificate. We have been rated as ‘Very Good’ for building, administration and use.

BREEAM-NL’s building, administration and use ratings are based on nine categories, including energy, materials, water, waste, health and management. The ‘Very Good’ rating achieved by the Van Gogh Museum reflects a whole range of sustainability measures taken in recent years.

Sustainability measures

  • We have combined heat/cold storage with our own systems, earning the building a cleaner energy label and enabling it to use sustainably generated energy.

  • A clear environmental policy is in place, with the aim of minimizing our water and energy consumption and reducing its ecological footprint.

  • Procurement is sustainable and waste is sorted and collected separately.

  • We encourage employees and visitors to use public transport.

  • All these measures are communicated internally via effective sustainability reporting.

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Sustainability in Conservation is an online network providing resources and information about environmentally responsible practices  in art conservation and related fields. Within a practice that produces so much waste, we hope to inspire collaboration and awareness to make cultural heritage a more sustainabile profession. 

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