The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice

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Rowman Altamira, 2008 - Architecture - 200 pages
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Global climate conditions demand a response by institutions that are here for the long haul as museums are to collect, preserve, and interpret in perpetuity. Environmentally friendly practices are crucial to the mission of our museums, which, as houses of preservation, are uniquely suited to modeling green behavior and sustainability. In The Green Museum, authors Sarah Brophy and Elizabeth Wylie offer a complete handbook to guide museum staff in incorporating green design into new construction and day-to-day operations. Sustainable practices can save on operating costs and even make museums attractive to new fundraising sources, as Brophy and Wylie show in case studies of museums that have already taken steps to become green. In this easy-to-read book, the authors demystify the process of going green, including detailed explanations of the basics of recycling, options for environmentally friendly exhibit design, and how to conduct energy audits. The Green Museum is full of practical information for museums of any size and a vital resource for every museum that wants to remain relevant in an increasingly green world. The Green Museum is printed with soy-based ink on recycled stock."
 

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User Review  - lizzybeans11 - LibraryThing

Brophy mentions quite a few things I was already aware of, and/or practising so I'd recommend this for those just starting to get on the "Green" bandwagon. I was very glad to see the "Knowing What Is ... Read full review

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Contents

The Idea
1
Collections Care
4
Green Is Here to Stay
7
How Do You Know What Green Is?
8
What Makes Buildings Sites and Operations Green?
9
Get the Green Word Out
11
Green Influence Advocacy and Market Muscle
13
Synergies with Existing Green Practices
19
Energy Efficiency and Energy Generation
93
Water Conservation and Management
103
Green Roofs and Walls Green Roofs
107
Landscape and Maintenance Practices
110
Green Open Space
112
Green Historic Preservation
113
Green Transportation
115
Connecting the Dots
116

Turning the Idea into Policy and Public Trust
25
Public Expectations
27
Green Education in Las Vegas
31
The Metrics
33
Benchmarking and Creating a Baseline
35
Carbon Footprint
38
Energy Audits
40
Waste Stream Audits
43
LEED Program
44
Other Metrics Tools and Systems
47
Accreditation
50
The Getty Center and LEEDEB
53
Greening Mass Audubon
57
The Options Where Does It Start?
61
Creating a Green Team
62
Implementation
67
Integrated Waste Management
69
Green Products and Sourcing
80
Green Food Service and Systems
84
Green Cleaning and Maintenance
87
Green Exhibitions and Materials
88
Green Exhibitions and Energy
91
Where Does It End? It Doesnt
118
Policy
121
Go Green in Food Service
131
Merging Green and Historic Preservation
133
The Money
137
Sources and Approaches Prospecting Short Course
138
Making the Case
139
Funding Examples
141
Federal State and Local
142
Nongrant Programs
143
Corporate Support
144
Mixing Flinders
145
Individual Donors
148
Conclusion
149
Afterword
151
Resources
153
Abbreviations
175
Glossary
177
Index
187
About the Authors
199
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Sarah S. Brophy is an independent consultant, helping museums and other cultural institutions become environmentally and financially sustainable. Elizabeth Wylie has spent twenty years in the museum field as a curator and director and now directs business development activities for Finegold Alexander + Associates, a planning and architecture firm specializing in sustainable design.

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