For a more sustainable future
Becoming a greener museum walks hand in hand with delivery of a museum’s core objectives and increasing resilience. The Green Museum programme of support can help to accelerate achievement of goals such as enhancing visitor experience, improving object conservation, improving environmental conditions and avoiding/saving costs. The benefits shown in diagram above, were experienced by museums on similar programmes run in Yorkshire and the North East.
What does it involve?
The 5 museums joining the programme will be assigned a Green Museums advisor with over 10 years experience of working on similar programmes of support. The advisor will visit your site to develop a deeper understanding of your museum. This includes meeting staff and volunteers, getting to know your key objectives and ways of working and undertaking a comprehensive review of the building/s and grounds. The key findings and recommendations arising from the review will be captured in a report that contains lots of practical advice and information required to appraise the opportunities and prioritise those you wish to implement.
You will not be on your own! You will meet with other museums participating in this programme to share information, experiences and ideas and your advisor will remain in contact for the duration of the project to provide further guidance on implementation of the actions you have selected to take forward. Your museum will also participate in a regional museums event where further sharing of ideas, practical advice and support will take place.
You will be asked to monitor and feedback on progress made and we will use case studies and social media to publicise the outcomes for your museum and the project. The key stages and programme timelines can be found by clicking on the Green Museums Supporting Information link below.
How do you apply?
You need to fill in a short application form to become one of the five museums involved in the programme. The deadline is the 1st June.
What is required from Your Museum?
In summary, you will need:
- Management Commitment to ensure staff time is available to provide the necessary information and to implement, monitor and measure improvements.
- A Project Lead to coordinate and lead on all stages of the project. The role will involve working with your advisor to provide information, to co-ordinate and facilitate the site visit, to complete the action plan and oversee the implementation and monitoring of selected improvements.
- To encourage wider participation to share and implement best practice with staff and volunteers and ensure your Museum maximises the cost and carbon savings benefits.
- To collect data on resource use for a minimum of 12 months following implementation of improvement actions. This is required to evidence outcomes and is key to showing the impact and success of sustainability activity you are carrying out.
Who is delivering the programme?
The MDEM Green Museum Programme Facilitators are Eco Affinity, led by consultant Kristina Lomas.
Eco Affinity is a not-for-profit sustainability consultancy located in Yorkshire. The company was founded in 2015 by Kristina Lomas who spent the previous 10 years employed as an environmental consultant for charitable and commercial enterprises, including Museum Development Yorkshire and the North East. The company’s mission is to assist the cultural, creative and community sectors to become more sustainable by working together to strengthen the interconnectedness between people, resources and the environment. Since the creation of Eco Affinity, Kristina has continued to work with museums and art galleries through direct contracts and as a specialist supplier on the Yorkshire Greener Museum programme. This work has included delivery of sustainability reports, workshops and training and identifying environmental opportunities and resource management solutions that strengthen and support delivery of the client’s core objectives.
Sector and Programme Experience
Eco Affinity’s founder and lead consultant, Kristina Lomas, would be the delivery agent for support commissioned under this programme. Kristina was the key delivery agent on the original MDY Greener Museums pilot and has continued to be the lead consultant and project manager for the programme over the past six years to date. Kristina has also been the lead consultant on the NE’s ‘Make Carbon History Programme’ between 2012 and 2014 and in total has delivered resource efficiency reviews and support to over 40 museums to date.
Click here for more information on Eco Affinity.