Sustainable Collections Storage: Strategies for our Future
Sunday, May 7, 4-5:15 p.m.
Facing increased energy costs, institutions are reevaluating their facilities, collections storage, and operations to create sustainable building programs. This session will discuss collections-specific green building strategies, including a review of the building site and architecture, environmental control systems, lighting, and waste. Using case studies, the speakers will present innovative and practical measures that reduce a museum’s carbon footprint while respecting the critical goal of preserving collections. Changing standards, preservation metrics, cost-benefit analyses, interdisciplinary processes, and climate change issues will be reviewed and discussed.

Linking Cultural Museums and Environmental Justice
Monday, May 8, 8:45-10 a.m.
The everyday challenges our communities face are increasingly linked to the environment, justice, and climate change. Cultural institutions struggle to connect with these issues, yet they have a unique ability to link community movements, scientists, and their past. Join the conversation about how environment, science, history, and justice are all linked in our institutions and communities.

Museums as Builders of Global Communities
Monday, May 8, 8:45-10 a.m.
Project coordinators from three U.S. museums who participated in Museums Connect global partnership programs with institutions in Mexico, Kenya, and Iceland will discuss the enormous benefits as well as some of the challenges that arose during their programs. Youth empowerment and environmental sustainability are at the heart of these projects, supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AAM. Panelists will share how they used technology to keep communities connected and explore ways that their projects could be replicated in other museums.

SEAing is Believing: Award Recipients’ Stories of Progress
Monday, May 8, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Interested in learning best practices and examples of sustainable excellence in facilities, programs, and exhibitions? Look no further than PIC-Green, AAM’s Sustainability Professional Network’s 2016 Sustainability Excellence Award Winners. Join host Stephanie Shapiro in an engaging talk show session highlighting the winning institutions’ roads to success, behind-the-scenes challenges, reflections on progress, best practices, views on the triple bottom line and divestment, how they’re proactively responding to climate change, their daily inspirations, and more.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Inconsistent RH
Monday, May 8, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
The Museum of History and Industry’s (MOHAI) library and textile storage were experiencing elevated RH levels in spring and fall, and extremely low RH during Seattle’s rainy winters. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, MOHAI worked with the Image Permanence Institute to solve the mystery and develop a strategy to achieve an appropriate and sustainable preservation environment for the collection. This session explores this HVAC puzzle, common to many museums, through the varying perspectives of mechanical equipment, facilities, conservation, and collections experts.

Resiliency Planning: Preparing to Preserve and Protect
Wednesday, May 10, 9:45-11 a.m.
This session introduces the concept of resilient design, how it can be applied to your institution, and why it is important. Embedding resilience into design and operations helps to protect infrastructure and collections from climate-related disruptions. Session presenters will review case studies to examine planning methods that increase museums’ capacity to resist, adapt, and quickly recover from projected hazards. Attendees will be introduced to a hands-on planning tool they can use at their own institutions to help assess, prioritize, and plan for resiliency in their regions.

Beyond Neutrality: Walking the Walk
Wednesday, May 10, 9:45-11 a.m.
AAM’s Code of Ethics states, “It is incumbent on museums to be resources for humankind and in all their activities to foster an informed appreciation of the rich and diverse world we have inherited…and to preserve that inheritance for posterity.” To remain vital, museums must address the greatest threat to that inheritance: climate change. Hear from four museum directors whose institutions champion a safe and equitable future–from green buildings, to ethical funding and investments, to exhibits and programs that provide on-ramps for visitors to take action.