Last week I was treated to a chance to speak for a full hour about my favorite topic - environmental sustainability in museums. I was interview for Internet talk radio, The Museum Life, by Carol Bossert .
- We discussed environmental sustainability as a system and museums as systems (so fixing your heating system starts with looking at your building envelope).
- We examined why museums are so perfect as vehicles for practicing and promoting more sustainable behaviors (we're teachers; the public trusts us; and as charitable institutions interested in community, who else is more responsible for this work?)
- And how making sustainable choices now, and by invoking sustainability planning, you are making some of the best possible investments in your long-term institutional health.
- Museums must move the visitor from knowledge to action
- Are you sure it costs more to go green; because it shouldn't
- No one goes all green; no one goes green all at once.
- Let go of the guilt and just start someplace.
- Practice while you plan so that you plan better as you learn.
- Start with behavioral changes and make a difference without being disruptive.
- Progress to managing your water onsite and securing your own energy sources.
- It's a system! Get with a system.