Inspiration from over the pond: The Green Museums Accord

Since 2006, the California Association of Museums (CAM) has been taking leadership and creating dialogue around environmental sustainability through its Green Museums Initiative. The Green Museum Accord was one of its first activities and served as inspiration to American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) professional network on environmental sustainability. Now in 2013, CAM and AAM have teamed up to…

Exquisite silhouettes from bird feathers

Intricate and fantastic, Chris Maynard’s feather-inspired pieces encourage us to take another look at one of nature’s most wonderful designs. Maynard, who was originally trained as an entomologist, professes to be “feather obsessed” and is an avid bird-watcher. He creates his dioramic works using feathers collected from zoos, nonprofit bird rescue organizations and private aviaries.…

Repurposed parachutes become rainwater harvesters

An inspiring and innovative approach to low-cost rainwater harvesting One innovative initiative in Africa is repurposing old parachutes as rainwater harvesters to collect drinking water in semi-arid areas with seasonal rains, where roofs of thatch or mud aren’t feasible for rainwater catchment systems. Rainchutes, which is a project from PITCHAfrica, in collaboration with ATOPIAResearch, offers…

The Greener Museums goodie bag!

We are pleased to announce that each museum in the Reducing Bills Greener Museums cohort will receive a free goodie bag containing: Stickers: Three sets of stickers to use at point of use to remind staff and volunteers to switch off lights, turn off taps and recycle. Posters: Large and small posters to use in office and/or…