Friday, January 18, 2013

Online Class Offering: The Green Museum

You can build your value to your museum, and your museums' value to the public by understanding the basics of environmental sustainability. Who wouldn't want to save money while advancing the museum's mission?

I'll be teaching The Green Museum: An Introduction to Environmental Sustainability in Museums, beginning the week of February 4th, for a four-week, self-scheduled, online class through the Northern States Conservation Center, a major provider of online professional education for the field.

Explore how the realities and principles of environmental sustainability can be applied to museum situations. The course includes discussions about the philosophy of going green, and how it affects institutional policy and planning. Students will be required to keep a journal, collect photographs, and to visit two museums – one not your own. Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Apply principles of environmental-sustainability to work and personal decisions
2. Identify and test facts, understand trade-offs, and recognize mission-effects related to environmental sustainability when they make choices at their museums for programming, and operational projects
3. Encourage others to adopt sustainable practice within a museum context; and support others in bringing about change in an institution and in the field

MS265: The Green Museum: Introduction to Environmental Sustainability in Museums
Instructor: Sarah S. Brophy
Dates: Feb 4 to Mar 1, 2013
Price: $475
Location: Online at

To reserve a spot in the course, please pay at If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at

Participants in The Green Museum: Introduction to Environmental Sustainability in Museums work at their own pace through sections and interact through online chats. Instructor Sarah Brophy is available at scheduled times during the course for discussion and support. The Green Museum includes online literature and student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. The course is limited to 20 participants.


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