Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Tides of March: Consensus Webinars on Environmental Sustainability in Museums

The Wild Center. Photo by Barrier Free Travel
All around, and sometimes within, the museum field there are thinkers, worriers, and the hopeful who create tools and expectations to strengthen the pursuit of environmentally-sustainable action and thinking.

But it appears there is no field-wide opinion on how to extend and expand this work that is so critical to our missions and to our planet.

The first Tides of March discussion took place yesterday. Four directors stepped up to share their experiences and thoughts on best practices and standards, and how good green work might affect the field.

Ron Kagan of the Detroit Zoological Society, Julie K. Stein of the Burke Museum, Bill Eiland of the Georgia Museum of Art, and Nina Zannieri of the Paul Revere Memorial Association have led the way in encouraging organized, deliberate discussion with national leadership decisions to move this discussion off its current mark of "interesting, but not vital."

What do you think? What do you hope?  What change do you want to see?

Please join us for the next two conversations, online or by phone using the AAM WebEx access:

March 8, 2016, 3 pm EST with association leaders:

·  Bob Beatty and Cherie Cook, American Association for State and Local History
·  Sarah Beck, American Public Garden Association
·  Tim Carter, Second Nature
·  Shelly Grow, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
·  Tim McNeil, California Association of Museums

·  Dan Yaeger, New England Museum Association

March 24th, 2016, 3 pm EST with observers of the field
·  James Elder, Campaign for Environmental Literacy
·  John Fraser, New Knowledge
·  Greg Johnson, Perkins+Will
·  Susie Wilkening, Reach Advisors
·  Douglas Worts, World Views Consulting

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