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“ It is exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment”
“ It is exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment” Margaret Thatcher on the Falklands Crisis, May 1982
Timing Opportunity Sustainability The right thing to do! Why?
Phase One Are museums interested in environmental issues? Are museums already taking action? What support is needed to enable museums to do more?
very interested not interested quite interested interested Interested?
Acting? Most are taking basic action Some buy green electricity Many encourage the use of public transport Significant commitment to using local suppliers A few offset their emissions 11 sites have energy reduction strategies
Learning? ¾ of respondents believed museums could play a role in environmental education Hercules Wind Wheel, 1905 Deutsches Museum, Munich
Good Practice? Energy Efficiency Sustainability incorporated into new-build and renovation projects Events, exhibitions and other initiatives Two water mills selling power back to the grid
Analysis Independent Museums are more able to take action Money is vital! Green Champions are essential
Phase Two One-to-one support given to six museums Large museums Small museums Independent museums Local authority museums Wigston Framework Knitters Museum
Phase Two Each museum was supported to Measure and record their energy usage Identify potential areas for action Develop an action plan Access funding to help implement actions Develop an environmental policy Papplewick Pumping Station
Phase Three 11 further museums received one-to-one support A helpline was put in place to support use of the step-by-step guide Capital funding was being sought to implement recommendations
“ I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority” E.B. White (1899-1985)
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