Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Greening the Museum

As we all know, green is the new black these days. It's hip to care about the environment right now, at least on the surface of things. And the museum field is not immune. Nearly two years ago, before the current fad for "going green," the AAM published this article on environmental responsibility in museums. The article has some excellent pointers on ways to both assess and reduce your institution's impact on the environment.

It also spotlights what I consider one of the most important reasons for museums to consider greening their practices and facilities - our underlying mission to serve the public good. In the end, how can we, as professionals dedicated to education, preservation, and community engagement, fail to recognize the importance of reducing our impact on the environment and helping preserve it for future generations?

I will be away on vacation for the next two weeks, so the blog will get a brief hiatus. Look for something new the week of August 11th.

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