AAM Environment and Climate Network

AAM Environment and Climate Network The Environment and Climate Network is a professional network of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). We believe that a museum’s role in the community includes being a conduit for information and building awareness of issues that impact our world today.

PIC Green’s focus is to explore and articulate green practices as fundamental underpinnings to all museum missions. Through example-setting and education museums can be green beacons in their communities to catalyze a potential triple net effect encompassing economic, social and environmental issues, internally and externally. PIC Green strives to:

Cultivate, engage and grow the PIC Green network

PIC Green’s focus is to explore and articulate green practices as fundamental underpinnings to all museum missions. Through example-setting and education museums can be green beacons in their communities to catalyze a potential triple net effect encompassing economic, social and environmental issues, internally and externally. PIC Green strives to:

Cultivate, engage and grow the PIC Green network

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Great insight on if you are looking to create or update your sustainability plan!
09/13/2021
How to write a sustainability plan for a museum • V&A Blog

Great insight on if you are looking to create or update your sustainability plan!

With huge excitement, the V&A has just publicised its Sustainability Plan. Arranged under the three headings of Place, People and Programme, it identifies key issues and actions we will prioritise over the next three years...

Great event scheduled for this evening! Thank you The Academy of Natural Sciences for sharing information to build stron...
09/09/2021

Great event scheduled for this evening! Thank you The Academy of Natural Sciences for sharing information to build stronger communities!

Join us on September 9 for More Livable Communities in an Era of Climate Change. This is a free, virtual event. Details and registration: ansp.org/scienceneverstops

Last chance to register for tomorrow's SEA Awards Webinar!  #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards Come hear the thought proces...
08/16/2021

Last chance to register for tomorrow's SEA Awards Webinar! #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards Come hear the thought processes, lessons learned, and encouraging takeaways from three of this year's winners - Museum of Modern Art, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Burke Museum - who are helping lead the way to a more sustainable future! Register now: https://aam-us.zoom.us/webinar/register/4116229981193/WN_De7EnHnGSXmZd0pm0rTzXw

Last chance to register for tomorrow's SEA Awards Webinar! #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards Come hear the thought processes, lessons learned, and encouraging takeaways from three of this year's winners - Museum of Modern Art, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Burke Museum - who are helping lead the way to a more sustainable future! Register now: https://aam-us.zoom.us/webinar/register/4116229981193/WN_De7EnHnGSXmZd0pm0rTzXw

SEA Award recipient MoMA has achieved LEED v2009 ID+C: CI Platinum, exemplary energy savings, and embodied carbon reduct...
08/09/2021

SEA Award recipient MoMA has achieved LEED v2009 ID+C: CI Platinum, exemplary energy savings, and embodied carbon reductions in a complex museum typology with a fine art collection. Learn more about their project by attending the upcoming SEA Award Winner’s Webinar 2 next Tuesday! Register now! https://aam-us.zoom.us/webinar/register/4116229981193/WN_De7EnHnGSXmZd0pm0rTzXw

SEA Award recipient MoMA has achieved LEED v2009 ID+C: CI Platinum, exemplary energy savings, and embodied carbon reductions in a complex museum typology with a fine art collection. Learn more about their project by attending the upcoming SEA Award Winner’s Webinar 2 next Tuesday! Register now! https://aam-us.zoom.us/webinar/register/4116229981193/WN_De7EnHnGSXmZd0pm0rTzXw

Join us August 17th for our second SEA Awards Webinar #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards featuring Museum of Modern Art, Mi...
07/30/2021

Join us August 17th for our second SEA Awards Webinar #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards featuring Museum of Modern Art, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Burke Museum #museumsustainability Come hear the thought processes, lessons learned, and encouraging takeaways from museums of all scopes and sizes leading the industry to a more sustainable future! Register today! https://aam-us.zoom.us/webinar/register/4116229981193/WN_De7EnHnGSXmZd0pm0rTzXw

Join us August 17th for our second SEA Awards Webinar #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards featuring Museum of Modern Art, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Burke Museum #museumsustainability Come hear the thought processes, lessons learned, and encouraging takeaways from museums of all scopes and sizes leading the industry to a more sustainable future! Register today! https://aam-us.zoom.us/webinar/register/4116229981193/WN_De7EnHnGSXmZd0pm0rTzXw

Join The AAM Environment & Climate Network Knowledge Sharing Committee this Thursday as we hold a space for sharing, les...
07/27/2021
Environment and Climate: Virtual Coffee Hour

Join The AAM Environment & Climate Network Knowledge Sharing Committee this Thursday as we hold a space for sharing, lessons learned and time to contribute to our knowledge warehouse for all aspects for greening a museum institution.https://www.aam-us.org/event/enviroment-and-climate-virtual-coffee-hour/

Join The AAM Environment & Climate Network Knowledge Sharing Committee as we hold a space for sharing, lessons learned and time to contribute to our knowledge warehouse for all aspects for gree…

JOIN US TOMORROW for the AAM #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards as we honor this year’s museum winners in sustainability!  ...
07/12/2021

JOIN US TOMORROW for the AAM #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards as we honor this year’s museum winners in sustainability! Register now 👉 https://bit.ly/3yytfi5
Part 1 Speakers: @Louisiana Children's Museum @Madison Children's Museum @Bell Museum #museumsustainability #winners #AAM #Part1series

JOIN US TOMORROW for the AAM #SustainabilityExcellenceAwards as we honor this year’s museum winners in sustainability! Register now 👉 https://bit.ly/3yytfi5
Part 1 Speakers: @Louisiana Children's Museum @Madison Children's Museum @Bell Museum #museumsustainability #winners #AAM #Part1series

Join us on July 13th for our SEA 2021 Winner's Webinar as we celebrate and learn from some of our 2021 Sustainability Ex...
07/07/2021
Winner’s Webinar 1: Insights and Inspiration

Join us on July 13th for our SEA 2021 Winner's Webinar as we celebrate and learn from some of our 2021 Sustainability Excellence Award winners! https://www.aam-us.org/event/winners-webinar-1-insights-and-inspiration/
#ClimateAction #Sustainability #sustainableenergy

In a uniquely challenging year, six museums have been recognized by the American Alliance of Museums’ Environment and Climate Network as exemplars in the field of museum sustainability. The 2021 Su…

"The African Creative Sustainability Synergy Hub plans to open the first Nigerian waste museum in 2021. Mrs. Adejumoke O...
03/12/2021
Africa Creative Sustainable Synergy Hub to Open First Nigerian Waste Museum In 2021

"The African Creative Sustainability Synergy Hub plans to open the first Nigerian waste museum in 2021. Mrs. Adejumoke Olowookere, Founder of the Hub made this point in a recent conversation on waste management activities in the country.
According to Olowookere "Waste products in communities come in different forms that blight our environment, but recycling and upcycling these products go a long way in creating a sustainable world for people to live healthy and productive lives." https://bit.ly/3vgTVmL
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[Image: Adejumoke Olowookere jestering with her right hand while talking. She is wearing a t-shirt with text on it that reads: #CreativeEcoCoach]

The African Creative Sustainability Synergy Hub plans to open the first Nigerian waste museum in 2021. Mrs. Adejumoke Olowookere, Founder of the Hub made this point in a recent conversation on waste management activities in the country.

Witte Museum installs virus-killing air filters ahead of spring break
03/01/2021
Witte Museum installs virus-killing air filters ahead of spring break

Witte Museum installs virus-killing air filters ahead of spring break

“The air purification systems use ionization and UV light to reduce virus particles, making The Witte Museum one of the city’s most advanced attractions and cultural institutions as far as pa…

02/26/2021
Register For #AAM2021

Wednesday is the last day left to register for #AAM2021 during Early Bird or apply for a scholarship! #AAM2021 will have a host of brand new features including a coaching pilot program, networking lounge, and more that will bring the energy of our in-person meeting to a virtual conference.
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Register during Early Bird to receive the lowest rates, or apply for a scholarship, now through March 3: bit.ly/aam2021-register

Register for #AAM2021 Register for #AAM2021 Registration is now open for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo! Early Bird Ends 3/3 Registration for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is now open! See below for Registration Rates, Discounted Registrations, Scholarships, Group Rates, and mor...

"Enter the Museum of Life and Science. Over six weeks in 2020, through an online series called Climate-Conscious NC, the...
02/19/2021
Most People Aren’t Climate Scientists. We Should Talk About Climate Change Anyway

"Enter the Museum of Life and Science. Over six weeks in 2020, through an online series called Climate-Conscious NC, the museum brought together experts from a variety of professions to discuss how their work and lives intersected with climate change and then facilitated public forums to discuss these topics and provide citizen science calls to action." https://bit.ly/3sdGmlN
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How has your museum talked about climate change to the public?
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[Image: Antarctica]

Most Americans don’t talk about climate change. But many experts think that getting communities involved in climate science is the best path forward.

This Friday at 11:59 PM eastern is the submission deadline for the The 2021 Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA)..The ...
02/17/2021

This Friday at 11:59 PM eastern is the submission deadline for the The 2021 Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA).
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The award categories are sustainability in: Facilities (new and existing), Exhibitions, and Programs.
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See if you work is award worthy and apply at https://bit.ly/3ow3ppF
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[Image: A gold medal with a blue lanyard on a black and silver glitter background. By the medal are 6 dice with individual letters on them that spell out "WINNER."]

This Friday at 11:59 PM eastern is the submission deadline for the The 2021 Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA).
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The award categories are sustainability in: Facilities (new and existing), Exhibitions, and Programs.
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See if you work is award worthy and apply at https://bit.ly/3ow3ppF
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[Image: A gold medal with a blue lanyard on a black and silver glitter background. By the medal are 6 dice with individual letters on them that spell out "WINNER."]

"As you walk up the ramp to the “The Secret Life of Earth,” the latest exhibition at American Visionary Art Museum, a co...
02/15/2021
Baltimore exhibition of outsider art celebrates nature’s ‘excess’ with a wake-up call about pollution

"As you walk up the ramp to the “The Secret Life of Earth,” the latest exhibition at American Visionary Art Museum, a constellation of colored objects hang overhead. At first, they look like a mobile above a baby’s crib or playful sculptures in the vein of Alexander Calder. But what you are looking at is waste: The ghosts of water bottles past. Last week’s trash, resurrected." https://wapo.st/3aiC6Lv
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[Image: a baboon sculpture decorated with dried natural plants, glass, and wooden beads.]

More is more in “The Secret Life of Earth” at the American Visionary Art Museum.

FREE WEBINAR!See you next week on February 17 at 12 pm eastern for our Endowments: Considering Environment, Sustainabili...
02/10/2021

FREE WEBINAR!
See you next week on February 17 at 12 pm eastern for our Endowments: Considering Environment, Sustainability and Governance Factors webinar.
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Speakers include Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center, Walt Burlack, Board Chair, of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Lloyd Kurtz, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Social Impact Investing, and Caleb Tuten, Investment Analyst, Sustainable Investing Lead of Wells Fargo.
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To register for this webinar, visit: https://bit.ly/2YTksaV
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FREE WEBINAR!
See you next week on February 17 at 12 pm eastern for our Endowments: Considering Environment, Sustainability and Governance Factors webinar.
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Speakers include Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center, Walt Burlack, Board Chair, of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Lloyd Kurtz, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Social Impact Investing, and Caleb Tuten, Investment Analyst, Sustainable Investing Lead of Wells Fargo.
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To register for this webinar, visit: https://bit.ly/2YTksaV
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02/09/2021
frankenthalerclimateinitiative.org

GRANT OPPORTUNITY!
The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative will fund energy efficiency and clean energy generation projects in Visual Arts Museums in the following categories:
• Scoping grants help museums understand the climate and energy mitigation opportunities at their facilities.
• Technical assistance grants support the specification and budgeting of an identified efficiency project to allow for procurement and financing.
• Implementation grants provide partial seed funding for fully specified projects.
To learn more, visit: http://frankenthalerclimateinitiative.org/

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The 2021 Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) submission deadline been moved to February 19th! .The award categories a...
02/05/2021

The 2021 Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) submission deadline been moved to February 19th!
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The award categories are sustainability in: Facilities (new and existing), Exhibitions, and Programs.
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See if you work is award worthy and apply at https://bit.ly/3ow3ppF
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[Image: A gold medal with a blue lanyard on a black and silver glitter background. By the medal are 6 dice with individual letters on them that spell out "WINNER."]

The 2021 Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) submission deadline been moved to February 19th!
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The award categories are sustainability in: Facilities (new and existing), Exhibitions, and Programs.
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See if you work is award worthy and apply at https://bit.ly/3ow3ppF
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[Image: A gold medal with a blue lanyard on a black and silver glitter background. By the medal are 6 dice with individual letters on them that spell out "WINNER."]

We hope to see you there, and by there we mean your couch.
02/03/2021

We hope to see you there, and by there we mean your couch.

Registration is open for #AAM2021! Join us *virtually* May 24 & June 7-9 to connect, collaborate, and share practical advice with thousands of other museum professionals.

An update on #AAM2021: Our top priority is always to ensure the health and safety of our staff, attendees, and partners. Given the continued spread of COVID-19, and Illinois state-wide orders, it is impossible for us to host an in-person component in Chicago.

➡️ Featuring 80+ interactive sessions, networking events and meet-ups, and more, join us for an interactive virtual experience! #AAM2021 is your opportunity to enhance the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to strengthen your museum's resiliency, tackle the many challenges facing our field, and plan for a brighter future.

➡️ You can receive the lowest rates to attend #AAM2021 when you register during Early Bird, now through March 3: bit.ly/aam2021-register

➡️ We are now focusing our fundraising efforts towards deeply discounted $25 registrations to help defray the costs of Annual Meeting participation for those who have been furloughed, laid-off, or are otherwise unable to afford the full cost of the conference. As we are fundraising, we plan to provide more information on this opportunity in early March. If you are able to support #AAM2021 registration for colleagues who are unable to afford the full cost of registration, please consider making a donation: bit.ly/donate-aam2021

➡️ We have also been able to fundraise for 35 scholarships that provide complimentary access to the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo and an invitation to a special networking event.
Learn more about eligibility and how to apply: bit.ly/aam-scholarships

➡️ The #AAM2021 theme "Resilient, Together" has never been more critical for our field. How can we come together now, embrace the change offered by our current crises, and build greater individual, community, organizational, and field-wide resilience? annualmeeting.aam-us.org/resilient-together

➡️ For all other information on #AAM2021, visit: annualmeeting.aam-us.org
Learn more details in our frequently updated FAQ: bit.ly/aam2021-faq
Make sure you're signed up to receive future email updates about our Annual Meeting: eepurl.com/dHhCYj

Join us on February 17, 2021 at 12 pm eastern for our FREE webinar, Endowments: Considering Environment, Sustainability ...
02/03/2021

Join us on February 17, 2021 at 12 pm eastern for our FREE webinar, Endowments: Considering Environment, Sustainability and Governance Factors.
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Speakers include Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center, Walt Burlack, Board Chair, of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Lloyd Kurtz, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Social Impact Investing, and Caleb Tuten, Investment Analyst, Sustainable Investing Lead of Wells Fargo.
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To register for this webinar, visit: https://bit.ly/2YTksaV
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“We want to showcase how you can transform solid waste to precious pieces of art” that can “generate employment and inco...
02/01/2021
A Museum in the Himalayas Has a Solution for the Tons of Trash Climbers Leave on Mount Everest: Turn It Into Art | artnet News

“We want to showcase how you can transform solid waste to precious pieces of art” that can “generate employment and income."
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Have you heard about this sustainable project from Himalayan Museum and Sustainable Park? How can your museum help waste and clean up efforts? https://bit.ly/39A4VTd
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[Image: Discarded climbing equipment and rubbish scattered around Camp 4 of Mount Everest]

The museum is working to establish an art center with a recycling plant near the mountain, and hopes to employ local and foreign artists.

The 2021 Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) submission deadline is a week away! .Maybe you renovated your facilities...
01/29/2021
The Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA)

The 2021 Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) submission deadline is a week away!
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Maybe you renovated your facilities to enhance the indoor air quality. You could have hosted online programing on sustainability. Submit the great sustainability work you have done in 2020.
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See if you work is award worthy and apply at https://bit.ly/3ow3ppF

Submissions must be received by February 5, 2021 at midnight Eastern Time. The Sustainability Excellence Awards is a signature program of the Environment and Climate Network that educates, facilita…

Have you had a chance to look at this Biden-Harris Administration fact sheet? .We are the most excited about the Nationa...
01/28/2021
FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity Across Federal Government | The White House

Have you had a chance to look at this Biden-Harris Administration fact sheet?
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We are the most excited about the National Climate Task Force, assembling leaders from across 21 federal agencies and departments to enable a whole-of-government approach to combatting the climate crisis. https://bit.ly/3a7TjGe

Biden-Harris Administration Commits on Climate Change – Creating Jobs, Building Infrastructure, and Delivering Environmental Justice Today, President Biden will take executive action to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad while creating good-paying union jobs and equitable clean energy fu...

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The Environment and Climate Network is is volunteer professional network made up of AAM members. Its leadership is dedicated to sharing information about environmentally sustainable practices and climate action. Contact the network’s leadership to find out about volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule and interests. Help support our efforts by choosing to be a PIC Green committee member when you join or renew as an AAM member.

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Earth Day 2021 leaped over its 50th anniversary last year and arrives at a moment of hope this year. ECN is joined by two luminaries in the sustainable development field to have a conversation about the planet’s future and the role museums can play. Come ready to be inspired. Register here https://aam-us.zoom.us/webinar/register/1216177378043/WN_AGCLfkn1T5uapWmuCK1CHQ
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Maybe museums should do the same in their eating areas.
Interesting podcast, talks about for example- management of energy supply at different hours of the day.
Interesting story, it shows the type of effort and technology needed to control water and electrical usage.
We are all tied together. People have to work together if we want to have a sustainable environment.
A new word "Anthropocene" "It describes the current epoch of geological time as the period in which humans have had an impact on the world’s climate, geology and ecosystems."
Hi I have a technical question and perhaps someone can guide me in the right direction. I'm looking for a fire-rated (class A) and FSC certified sustainable wood. Pretty much sounds like an oxymoron, but I want to cross this hurdle in sustainable exhibit design. There are fire retardants that one may apply to the wood but these produce VOCs which are harmful in the gallery environment and also to the artifacts. I have found fire-rated and sustainable "Medite." This is fine except you have to give it a painted finish because "Medite" is not visually appealing. I want for a natural finish. Exhibit furniture because it is furniture does not need to be class A (or 1) but some institutions like Smithsonian require it. Any tips or comments are appreciated. Thanks