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 to increase organizational and industry-wide impact. Develop signature programs to educate, facilitate, and encourage green practices. Position museums as leaders in environmental sustainability on a local, regional, national and global level. Evolve the organizational structure to integrate and increase effectiveness with AAM.

Mission: The Environment and Climate Network, a professional network of the American Alliance of Museums, is a catalyst, celebrating and advancing the commitment of the museum community to environmental and climate action issues. We help make museums green beacons in their communities through the experiences they provide to visitors as well as in every aspect of their operations. Through our core values of education, collaboration, research, and communication we provide resources and dialogue to empower museums to lead on these critical issues.

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"Each piece illustrates a profound cultural relationship with the natural world, one that stands in stark contrast to th...
11/25/2020
The Story of Colonialism and Climate Change Told Through Centuries of Indigenous Artworks

"Each piece illustrates a profound cultural relationship with the natural world, one that stands in stark contrast to that of colonialism. “We had all these masterpieces, and this gave us an opportunity to let people look at them closely and think about this really important message of climate change and environmental justice.” https://on.nrdc.org/3nY6vTA
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[Image: a bronze sculpture of a man slumped on top a bone-thin horse on a white platform. Behind the sculpture is a mural of different geometric shapes in neon colors.]

Two exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum explore Native perceptions of nature and themselves.

Happy National Recycling Day! What has your museum's journey been with recycling? Learn what four museums are doing to r...
11/15/2020

Happy National Recycling Day! What has your museum's journey been with recycling? Learn what four museums are doing to reduce their use of single-use plastic and read some tips on what you can do. https://bit.ly/2Uw1QeA
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[Image: A square of white paper on top of green grass. Three bent arrows pointing at each other, creating the reduce reuse recycle symbol, are cut out of the paper. To the left of the paper reads "Happy National Recycling Day!"]

11/13/2020
Climate In Crisis: Environmental Change In The Indigenous Americas

"We tend to think of climate change as something that – like war – happens far away from us, far from the United States, or as something our great-grandchildren will have to deal with. But the incessant wildfires on the West Coast and in Colorado, the excessive heat of the Southwest, the tropical storms and hurricanes that have exhausted the alphabet, the pattern of drought and flood in the Midwest, the migrations of people from once-fertile areas of Central America, the Middle East, and Africa, are bringing the science – which doesn’t care whether we believe in it or not – home to us, to the United States." https://bit.ly/3eWNVrk

Anthropogenic climate change. Climate crisis. Climate migration. Environmental depredation. Colonial and corporate exploitation and exhaustion of natural

Do you have a great idea for an environment and climate session for #AAM2021? You have until November 30 to submit your ...
11/12/2020

Do you have a great idea for an environment and climate session for #AAM2021?
You have until November 30 to submit your proposals. For instructions on preparing your proposal and to access the submission portal visit: https://annualmeeting.aam-us.org/2021-annual-meeting.../
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Interested in presenting at the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo? Learn more about the call for proposals open November 4-30.]

“The importance of having an online version is obviously during the pandemic, it makes it easier for people who are not ...
11/05/2020
Museum of the Earth unable to promote climate change exhibit amid 2020 election

“The importance of having an online version is obviously during the pandemic, it makes it easier for people who are not going out and coming to the museum, but it also gives us a very broad national and global reach, because anyone who has internet access can see the exhibit there." https://bit.ly/3k4OO26
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[Image: the exterior of The Museum of The Earth right after a rainstorm with a rainbow over the museum.]

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Museum of The Earth is unable to promote its new climate change exhibit due to advertising restrictions on Facebook surrounding the 2020 election. The museum launched its new per…

"Are cultural institutions ready to switch to more ecologically responsible methods of artistic creation? While the art ...
10/29/2020
With Climate Change as Theme, Artists are Trying to Reduce Environmental Impact From Their Creations

"Are cultural institutions ready to switch to more ecologically responsible methods of artistic creation? While the art world seems increasingly aware of climate change and other environmental problems facing us, it has some way to go before it can overcome the paradoxes inherent in big-budget installations and events centered on environmental crisis." https://bit.ly/2TyalFt
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[Image: Large groups of people around 17 melting blocks of ice in front of the Tate Modern.]

Are cultural institutions ready to switch to more ecologically responsible methods of artistic creation?

"Morel Doucet utilizes ceramics, drawings, and prints to address a cadre of issues including climate change, climate gen...
10/24/2020

"Morel Doucet utilizes ceramics, drawings, and prints to address a cadre of issues including climate change, climate gentrification, migration, and displacement within Black diasporic communities. Doucet, who is originally from Haiti and now based in Miami, is witness to such issues as they impact communities near and dear to him." https://bit.ly/3oqReeI
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[Image: a painting of a black and blue silhouette with their left are holding a flower to their nose. Inside the black silhouette is a mixture of long blue paint strokes and solid botanical shapes. The background of the painting is a mixture of neon pink and orange solid botanicals with small slivers of a blue background showing through.]

Join our Knowledge Sharing Committee on October 29 12-1pm EST, for our first quarterly Coffee Talk. This months focus is...
10/15/2020

Join our Knowledge Sharing Committee on October 29 12-1pm EST, for our first quarterly Coffee Talk. This months focus is museum programing, watch on Facebook live or on Zoom. https://bit.ly/3157RCT
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[Image: "Environment & Climate Network Coffee Hour" "Oct. 29: Programs"]

“Climate change has not just destabilised the local biospheres, it’s led to [Indigenous] communities needing to move, bu...
10/12/2020
Indigenous communities are at the forefront of climate resilience

“Climate change has not just destabilised the local biospheres, it’s led to [Indigenous] communities needing to move, but because of colonial structures, we’ve been unable to move our communities.” https://bit.ly/3nHFQuH #IndigenousPeoplesDay #ClimateChange
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[Image: Fort William First Nation, an Ojibwa First Nation reserve in Ontario in the day.]

Sponsored content: Indigenous communities have a vital role in developing climate resilience projects, using deep knowledge of environmental cycles

The Arctic’s staggering transformation is at the heart of a new exhibition at the British Museum. Opening this month, Ar...
10/08/2020
Discover the culture and climate of the Arctic at a major new British Museum exhibition

The Arctic’s staggering transformation is at the heart of a new exhibition at the British Museum. Opening this month, Arctic: Culture and Climate ... explores how contemporary groups are responding and adapting to climate change, the show will also take visitors through the region’s fascinating anthropological history.https://bit.ly/3iPP4lb #ClimateChange
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[Image: the tip of a boat in icy water.]

The land of the midnight sun takes centre stage in a major new exhibition at London’s British Museum.

"In staging the exhibition, we built new relationships with nearby socially responsible businesses, which minimised wast...
09/29/2020
LGBT pub exhibit beats prestigious rivals to top award

"In staging the exhibition, we built new relationships with nearby socially responsible businesses, which minimised waste and CO2 emissions and supported the local economy." Congrats to Museum of Oxford on their #Sustainability award! https://bit.ly/3idHMXZ
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[Image: The exterior of the Museum of Oxford at night.]

AN EXHIBITION which told the story of Oxford’s gay and lesbian pubs saw off competition from a host of distinguished rivals to claim a national…

“Led by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, the Climate Clock counts down how long it will take to burn through our “carb...
09/25/2020
Artists Transform Famed NYC Metronome Into a Countdown Clock to Climate Disaster

“Led by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, the Climate Clock counts down how long it will take to burn through our “carbon budget” — the amount of CO2 that can still be emitted into the atmosphere while limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. As of yesterday, September 22, the countdown to climate disaster is only seven years and 100 days away.” https://bit.ly/3kKECwz
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[Image: the exterior of a building with a digital clock display that reads "7/102/12:06:08"]

“The world is literally counting on us.”

Join us Monday for our FREE webinar " Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)" on S...
09/18/2020
Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Join us Monday for our FREE webinar " Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)" on Sept. 21 at 8:30 pm Eastern.
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Museums have enormous carbon footprints. COVID 19 led to the postponement of COP 26 to 2021. UN Climate Week 2020 provides a unique opportunity for the museum community to accelerate peer learning, expedite ongoing initiatives and jumpstart needed programs. Come listen to this global panel of experts, including Smithsonian American Art Museum, Australian Museum, and CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change to celebrate what they are doing in their own region and their own community. https://bit.ly/2Z18LPH
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[Image: Four headshots; Amber Kerr of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Cecelia Lam of Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Jenny Newell of Australian Museum, Joyce Lee of Indigo JDL Green + Health, and AAM’s Environment and Climate Professional Network. “JC-CUHK Climate Action” “American Alliance of Museums Environment and Climate”]

The United Nations (UN) Climate Week inspires individuals and organizations to become part of the momentum created by the global climate agreement in Paris. It is a collaborative platform where bot…

“Sin Sol is an art game about the ways that climate change is differentially affecting people along lines of race, gende...
09/11/2020

“Sin Sol is an art game about the ways that climate change is differentially affecting people along lines of race, gender, ability and immigration status,” said cárdenas. “It tells this story through a personal narrative in a science fiction framework.” https://bit.ly/3k35OpK
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[Image: A person in an exhibit that is projecting a forest on a wall. They are holding a tablet with an avatar and some text on the screen.]

We hope to see you next week at our FREE webinar "Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow: Approaches to Achie...
09/10/2020
Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow: Approaches to Achieving Environmental Sustainability On-Site

We hope to see you next week at our FREE webinar "Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow: Approaches to Achieving Environmental Sustainability" on Sept. 16 at 3 pm Eastern.
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Environmental sustainability goals for our museum buildings can seem daunting. Join us to hear about two Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) winning projects on Nordic Museum's new LEED Gold certification building and Spurlock Museum steps in their current building to be a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.
https://bit.ly/2QO3kiM
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[Image: "Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow" "American Alliance of Museums" "Environment and Climate"]

Environmental sustainability goals for our museum buildings can seem daunting. Join us to hear about two Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) winning projects on The National Nordic Museums’ new …

Please join us for our FREE webinar " Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)" on S...
09/07/2020
Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Please join us for our FREE webinar " Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)" on Sept. 21 at 8:30 pm Eastern.
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Museums have enormous carbon footprints. COVID 19 led to the postponement of COP 26 to 2021. UN Climate Week 2020 provides a unique opportunity for the museum community to accelerate peer learning, expedite ongoing initiatives and jumpstart needed programs. Come listen to this global panel of experts, including Smithsonian American Art Museum, Australian Museum, and CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change to celebrate what they are doing in their own region and their own community. https://bit.ly/2Z18LPH
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[Image: Four headshots; Amber Kerr of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Cecelia Lam of Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Jenny Newell of Australian Museum, Joyce Lee of Indigo JDL Green + Health, and AAM’s Environment and Climate Professional Network. “JC-CUHK Climate Action” “American Alliance of Museums Environment and Climate”]

The United Nations (UN) Climate Week inspires individuals and organizations to become part of the momentum created by the global climate agreement in Paris. It is a collaborative platform where bot…

Please join us for our FREE webinar "Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow: Approaches to Achieving Environm...
09/03/2020
Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow: Approaches to Achieving Environmental Sustainability On-Site

Please join us for our FREE webinar "Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow: Approaches to Achieving Environmental Sustainability" on Sept. 16 at 3 pm Eastern.
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Environmental sustainability goals for our museum buildings can seem daunting. Join us to hear about two Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) winning projects on Nordic Museum's new LEED Gold certification building and Spurlock Museum steps in their current building to be a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.
https://bit.ly/2QO3kiM
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[Image: "Building a More Environmentally Friendly Tomorrow" "American Alliance of Museums" "Environment and Climate"]

Environmental sustainability goals for our museum buildings can seem daunting. Join us to hear about two Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) winning projects on The National Nordic Museums’ new …

There are so many learning opportunities this month focusing on #Museums and #Sustainability! Visit https://www.aam-us.o...
09/02/2020

There are so many learning opportunities this month focusing on #Museums and #Sustainability! Visit https://www.aam-us.org/events/ to see what American Alliance of Museums, CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, and California Association of Museums have in store. We will be promoting individual events throughout the next weeks.
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[Image: Calendar of September 2020 with three dates circled, 16, 21 and 30.]

"Did you know that Australia is the second-highest consumer of clothing worldwide per year? Or that across the globe we ...
08/27/2020
Entering ‘We the Makers’: The online exhibition exploring fashion’s sustainable future

"Did you know that Australia is the second-highest consumer of clothing worldwide per year? Or that across the globe we dispose of one garbage truck’s worth of clothing every second? These were some of the questions that the biennial We the Makers design festival – held at the National Wool Museum in Geelong, Victoria – planned to ask exhibition-goers." https://bit.ly/3gHl0Hn
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[Image: Seven mannequins wearing different outfits. Behind the mannequins there is a pile of clothes on the floor.]

Did you know that Australia is the second-highest consumer of clothing worldwide per year? Or that across the globe we dispose of one garbage truck’s

"Our planet is in deep trouble, assailed by inter-related crises of climate, biodiversity, and pollution. Museums and ga...
08/25/2020
Museums Are Experts at Thinking Long-Term. That's Why They Must Lead the Fight for a Greener Future—Before It's Too Late | artnet News

"Our planet is in deep trouble, assailed by inter-related crises of climate, biodiversity, and pollution. Museums and galleries can—and must—have a fundamental role in speaking out about these crises and in charting a greener future before it is too late." https://bit.ly/31pjZPG
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[Image: a man with a light skin tone wearing a cobalt blue suit, sits on a low brink and stone boundary wall. Behind the wall is manicured plants and shrubs around a rectangle pond.]

The chief executive of London's Horniman Museum on how museums can seize the lockdown era to take a stand on climate change.

“The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve tells the story of the first humans to inhabit North America dating back as fa...
08/21/2020
Cultural Heritage Is a Necessary Component of Climate Solutions | Article | EESI

“The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve tells the story of the first humans to inhabit North America dating back as far as 15,000 years ago. However, warming temps, thawing permafrost, and rising sea levels are damaging the site and washing away the heritage and artifacts it contains.”

https://www.eesi.org/articles/view/cultural-heritage-is-a-necessary-component-of-climate-solutions

The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve on the western coast of Alaska contains one of the highest concentrations of archaeological artifacts in North America. The preserve tells the story of the first humans to inhabit North America dating back as far as 15,000 years ago. However, warming temperat...

‪Have you signed up for our free webinar “Internal and External Programs, How You Can Support Sustainability at Your Mus...
08/12/2020
Internal and External Programs, How You Can Support Sustainability at Your Museum

‪Have you signed up for our free webinar “Internal and External Programs, How You Can Support Sustainability at Your Museum.” We hope you can make it tomorrow at 2pm eastern! ‬
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‪We can’t wait to learn from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Mystic Seaport Museum.
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‪Register today! https://www.aam-us.org/event/internal-and-external-programs-how-you-can-support-sustainability-at-your-museum/‬

How do you create lasting change in your museum? Come learn from the Mystic Seaport Museums journey to eliminate single-use plastic and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s “Make the Swit…

Join us next Thursday, August 13 at 2pm EST for our free webinar “Internal and External Programs, How You Can Support Su...
08/04/2020
Internal and External Programs, How You Can Support Sustainability at Your Museum

Join us next Thursday, August 13 at 2pm EST for our free webinar “Internal and External Programs, How You Can Support Sustainability at Your Museum.”
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We can’t wait to learn about Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Mystic Seaport Museum’s programs!
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Register today! https://www.aam-us.org/event/internal-and-external-programs-how-you-can-support-sustainability-at-your-museum/

How do you create lasting change in your museum? Come learn from the Mystic Seaport Museums journey to eliminate single-use plastic and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s “Make the Swit…

We want to make sure we are helping you (and your museums) be the best sustainability advocates you can be. Please fill ...
07/22/2020

We want to make sure we are helping you (and your museums) be the best sustainability advocates you can be. Please fill out this short, six-question survey so we can get a sense of where our field is at.
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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