Energy saving idea of the week

Invite staff and/or volunteers to feedback ideas for saving energy and choose at least one to implement. Staff and volunteers know the building best and will probably have lots of suggestions for energy saving changes you could make. Inviting the workforce to suggest ways the museum could reduce energy use will help to raise awareness of your…

Museums support Climate Week

Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical solutions from every sector of society. Each year, half a million people attend 3,000 events run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others. You can help…

Seven steps to sustainability

Seven steps to a sustainable future: 1. Sustainability Plan: Establish your priorities and the areas you want to focus on. 2. Switch on to switching off – Energy Efficiency: Increase awareness and reduce the use of lighting, heating and technology. 3. Waste and Recycling: Prevent waste and encourage recycling. 4. Travel: Reduce your driving costs…

Case study: Energy outreach programme

The Energy Outreach programme is a partnership between the National Trust and Norfolk County Council that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of every Norfolk school through a series of lessons, which focus on behavioural change. The lessons introduce pupils to the concept of renewable and non-renewable energy through the Energy Busters (aimed at primary…

Lighting up your community

Could your rural museum site not only be producing your own energy, but be supporting your surrounding community? … Here’s some help for you to get it together: The Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund aims to support community renewable energy projects in rural areas, with grants of up to £150,000 available through two funding stages.  They are happy…

Green’nClean museums.

We’ve been concentrating on reducing energy usage in our Greening Museums  programme so far… but we also want to encourage museums to minimise their polluting presence! As guardians of historic collections we know cleaning and good housekeeping is key … but what about all the public areas and the behind the scenes coffee areas? At…