Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Restorative Work - Our Responsibility

The Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh is doing it again; and I'm sure they won't ever stop doing it.

They are greening green.

They don't do it alone, of course. They invite researchers, consultants, community members, staff members, all the players who can and want to contribute - and are local - to put together good minds to solve the problems we've created for ourselves. And that integrated approach pays off beautifully. 

Follow this link for the full examination of green bells and whistles, Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), but if you have less time or you are ready to think about what you can learn from the Phipps, there's a news posting here that really moves me, though. It finishes with this stunning paragraph - please read it and think about how this can change the way you see your institution's 'green' role:

[This is] a time when human society demands nearly two times more resources than our planet can support and regenerate, making environmental conservation a priority in each of our actions is essential to helping mend our relationship with nature. As an international model for sustainable design and operations, and a place for performance research to be shared far and wide, the CSL and its landscape aspires to provide a glimpse of what could be and operate as an important catalyst for change.

Quietly powerful, and it begs these questions of each of us:
  • Are you, or can you become a model for sustainable design and (or) operations in any or many aspects?
  • Do you conduct performance research on green practices and design - from good green cleaning materials or resources for low-impact collection care materials, to better light management in the galleries?
  • Does your work mend your institution's relationship with nature?
  • Are you a catalyst for change?

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