We’ll begin the webinar with understanding the relationship between environmental sustainability and our work with history museums and historic sites, and highlight the basic alignments that create positive financial and social returns. We will include a discussion of energy audits and how to get one – hopefully for free, and move on to how to identify environmental practices that support historic interpretation and museum operations.
Cost: $25 StEPs Enrollees/ $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers (StEPs Enrollees need to use the special promo code found in the StEPs Community website to obtain the $25 rate)
We’ll finish with a discussion of the team process for creating a strategy for increased environmental sustainability that aligns with your strategic plan and goals from buildings and landscapes, to community presence. We will also take a brief look at the standards and performance indicators in the StEPs program that apply to environmental sustainability.
There is no singular path to a green future; it is entirely tied to the mission and opportunities of your organization. Let’s see what great opportunities we can discover for your site.
Our guest speaker for the webinar is Sarah Sutton. Sarah leads Sustainable Museums, a consultancy helping staff and leadership of cultural and natural resource organizations plan for a more sustainable future. She and her team work with museums, historic sites, zoos, gardens, and aquariums to identify and pursue greener approaches in programs, operations, and building and site management. All of her work includes helping the institution make a difference in its community. Sarah has worked in the museum field for over thirty years, and sustainability work for the last decade. She is a LEED-Accredited Professional and a Green Globes Professional and she writes about environmental sustainability in print and online. Her publications include Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites and Museums and The Green Nonprofit: The First 52 Weeks of Your Green Journey. She is co-author of both editions of The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Sustainability (published under the name Sarah S. Brophy.)
This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in environmental sustainability for historic structures. Applying what you learn in a Lab to your policies and practices helps your organization make meaningful progress. The more progress you make, the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates your organization earns. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and an organization that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.