Climate Blog

“It seemed to me that those who cared would still do this work.” They have.

We're entering a new climate action era in the United States. Sustainable Museums is stepping into that era with a grateful bow to some of the colleagues and partnerships that molded cultural sector climate action these last three years. In 2017, on June 1, when former President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United… Continue reading “It seemed to me that those who cared would still do this work.” They have.

Nonprofit Cultural Institutions Send Message to Congress

Leveraging Cultural Institutions in Community Recovery and Resilience Congress is sorting through how to address the near-term and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Planning for recovery must take place even as we cope with immediate struggles. As the country's leadership consider those steps to a future where all Americans can thrive, cultural institutions can… Continue reading Nonprofit Cultural Institutions Send Message to Congress

Cultural Institutions Lead on Climate Action

By Sarah Sutton & Jessie Lund  Note: This information shared during a joint webinar by Sustainable Museums and America's Pledge on May 12, 2020. If you would like to watch a recording, you can do so here. At a time when good news is hard to find, cultural institutions across the country have been leading by example, coming to the aid of their neighbors and… Continue reading Cultural Institutions Lead on Climate Action

Climate Change and Museums edition of Journal of Museum Management & Curatorship

I'm delighted to share this special issue with you all. It is freely accessible to everyone. You'll recognize many of the authors' names, and meet a few new ones, perhaps: Joy Davis (our marvelous and patient editor), Bob Janes (the driver and our chief motivator), Jenny Newell, Diane Dubray, Julie Decker, Henry McGhie, Asha Singhal,… Continue reading Climate Change and Museums edition of Journal of Museum Management & Curatorship

Cultural Institutions & The Paris Agreement’s 5th Anniversary

Three and a half years ago, on June 1, 2017, when the US President announced his intention to withdraw the United States from its commitments to the World, it seemed to me (and many others) that those of us who care, would still do the work of limiting climate change and restoring the planet's climate… Continue reading Cultural Institutions & The Paris Agreement’s 5th Anniversary

Life Cycle Assessment in Collections Care and Display

Since 2017, The Foundation for Advancement for Conservation and the American Institute for Conservation have been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in two research grants (one to plan, one to implement) pursuing life cycle assessments of the things we in the cultural heritage sector use to care for, ship and display objects.… Continue reading Life Cycle Assessment in Collections Care and Display

Book Review: Museum Activism

Robert R. Janes & Richard Sandell, Eds. , Museum Meanings Series from Routledge. 2019 Museum Activism is a genuine treasure trove of courageous thinkers and inspiring activist museums fostering change in communities worldwide. The research and examples will reinforce your commitment and build your bank of resources if you’re already an activist; and provide the… Continue reading Book Review: Museum Activism

Book Review: Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment

By Karl Kusserow and Alan C. Braddock. Princeton University Art Museum, 2018 When is a landscape painting not a landscape painting? When viewed from the present vantage point in the Anthropocene. As we all who have read this stunning work report, Karl Kusserow and Alan Braddock have rewritten American art history, doing so deeply, broadly,… Continue reading Book Review: Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment