Monday, November 17, 2014

Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites & Museums

In the spring, 2015, Rowman & Littlefield, at the behest of the American Association for State and Local History, will publish the next book on environmental sustainability for the field, and this time the focus is historic sites and history museums.   

It introduces some new leaders in green practice, including Dumbarton House in Washington, DC, featured on the cover. The staff there has worked hard to bring sustainable thinking into all aspects of their work, including energy efficiency in collections care, special events, and office operations; thoughtfulness on material purchases and attention to recycling as much as possible; and choosing to buy only wind power. In 2013 the District Department of the Environment awarded Dumbarton House one of nine Mayor’s Sustainability Awards -- the first museum or historic site recognized in this way. Green is important community work for museums, and it does not go unnoticed!

If you're interested in how Wyck Historic House, Garden, Farm in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Andalusia -- Home of Flannery O'Connor in Milledgeville, Georgia, Hanford Mills in East Meredith, New York, or the Minnesota Historical Society is doing going green work, you can pre-order the book and receive the first copies next March. 

There are many good stories and great organizations to highlight , so stay tuned for some tidbits about green work at The Bakken, the Temple Workman Family Homestead Museum, Historic New England, and a host of other historic sites and history museums going green.

And thank you for thinking green.

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