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Smithsonian's GreenGov Presentation

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Presentations on Smithsonian Institution's Sustainability efforts from:
• Nancy Bechtol, Director, Office of Facilities Management, Smithsonian Institution
• Eric Hollinger, Archeologist, Archeologist, Anthropology Department, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

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Smithsonian's GreenGov Presentation

  1. 1. Smithsonian’s Newest Museum Goes GREEN Nancy J. Bechtol Director, Smithsonian Facilities
  2. 2. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory AZ & HI Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, MA Ft. Pierce Marine, FL Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, NY National Museum of the American Indian, NY Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, MD NMAI – Cultural Research Center, MD Storage Facility, NJ Museums & Zoo DC Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute, VA Storage Facility, VA Smithsonian Tropical Research Center, Panama Storage Facility, PA Our reach is far & wide The Smithsonian Institution
  3. 3. National Museum of African American History and Culture
  4. 4. Rooftop solar panels
  5. 5. Porch green roof
  6. 6. History Gallery green roof & lawn irrigation system
  7. 7. Grey water treatment holding tank
  8. 8. Clerestory lighting
  9. 9. Energy efficient exhibit lighting
  10. 10. State of the art restaurant
  11. 11. Eric Hollinger Ph.D. Archaeologist, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution Recycling Program
  12. 12. “In view of the great & increasing cost of paper, and of the large quantity of the article required in the operations of the Institution, I request that a basket be kept in each room of the building, into which all pieces of waste paper may be thrown during the day and afterwards emptied into a common receptacle to be preserved for sale.” Secretary Joseph Henry, 1862. Smithsonian Recycling Since 1862
  13. 13. Interior exit Paper Recycling
  14. 14. Cardboard Recycling
  15. 15. Paper and Cardboard Recycling Facility Georgetown Paper Stock
  16. 16. Bottle & Can Recycling Commingled containers Plastics resin codes 1 through 5 Glass Aluminum Bi-metal cans
  17. 17. Still better bins
  18. 18. 2007- <1 ton 2008- 6 tons 2009- 15.3 tons 2010- 26.7 tons 2011- 30.9 tons 2012- 42.9 tons 2013- 49 tons 2014- 51 tons 2015- 40.1 tons Commingle increase at the National History Museum
  19. 19. Montgomery Co. Recycling Facility Recycling commingle (bottles and cans)
  20. 20. Wood pallets
  21. 21. Electronics make up a growing portion of the Smithsonian’s recycling efforts. 9/13/2016
  22. 22. Scrap Metal Recycling Joseph Smith and Sons
  23. 23. The Natural History Museum partners with Whole Foods to send #5 plastic laboratory waste to Preserve for recycling The NMNH molecular lab, Laboratories of Analytical Biology, generates tons of clean #5 plastic waste Preserve is a company that recycles #5 plastic into consumer products. www.preserveproducts.com
  24. 24. Acrylic from shop and exhibit displays
  25. 25. Bulky Debris Recycling
  26. 26. Recycle One Facility
  27. 27. Smithsonian Banner Bags
  28. 28. Banner tote bags sold to buy LED bulbs
  29. 29. Broken fossils from gift shop used as garden decoration
  30. 30. Elephant Manure >600 tons per yr National Zoo
  31. 31. Composting food waste in 3 museum restaurants
  32. 32. Equipment at Western Branch Composting Facility
  33. 33. Contaminated Organics
  34. 34. Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  35. 35. Staff Picnic Pilot 2012
  36. 36. The Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival Composted or Recycled 74% of its Waste in 2013
  37. 37. The Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival Composted or Recycled 93% of its Waste in both 2014 and 2015
  38. 38. The Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival Composted or Recycled 96% in 2016
  39. 39. Percentage of SI’s Solid Waste Diverted from Landfills

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