Green Museums: A Step by Step Guide

“Whoever said “it’s not easy being green” (and I think it was Kermit the Frog) was not entirely right. Being green is not that difficult in itself. Actually, it can be surprisingly easy to make a difference (and surprisingly cheap), but sometimes we just need a helping hand to work out where to begin, or where to go next. That’s where this guide comes in. It aims to help museums take a close look at their operation and work out the most practical way to become a little (or a lot) greener.

Not being green is no longer an option. The dangers to the planet are well documented, and there is considerable political pressure to reduce our individual and collective carbon footprint. But aside from that, museums have a particular responsibility in this field. They are, after all, primarily about sustainability, and are unique in having responsibilities to people of the past, present, and future to ensure that collections remain in good shape and accessible for years to come.

Museums shape our view of the world. They help us understand who we are and the world in which we live. They influence how we think and the way in which we behave. They are, therefore, uniquely placed to help change attitudes towards all sorts of contemporary issues. Museums are ideally placed to make a difference.

So take this guide, use it and remember that a greener society really can begin with Green Museums.” (p.4)