Energy efficiency in museums is about much more than principles. It can deliver real financial savings, reduce carbon emissions and help engage audiences in a new conversation about what museums are for. It can even help win the advocacy battle with Local Authorities. Responding to an article by Alison Tickell of Julie's Bicycle, Collections Trust CEO Nick Poole explores the opportunities for museums in going green.
In her post on the Guardian Culture Professionals Network ('Environmental reporting: sustainability matters for the arts') Julie's Bicycle CEO Alison Tickell highlights how important it is for creative, cultural and arts organisations to take control of the debate about energy use and sustainability with good, solid data and evidence.
Julie's Bicycle is a wonderful organisation that works with creative & cultural organisations to place environmental sustainability at the heart of their business - helping them to monitor impact, improve their energy use and reduce their carbon consumption. These are key messages for the UK's museum and gallery community too - that energy efficiency and environmental responsibility are not only good, they are good for business and good for our visitors.