Toolkit on Environmental Sustainability in the Museum Practice


At CIMAM we are seriously committed to the environmental sustainability of our planet. As an international organization dedicated to promote best practices in modern and contemporary art museums, and to raise awareness and respond to the evolving needs of the profession, environmental sustainability is one of the main and most urgent aspects we should take care of.

It is part of our mission to foster change and facilitate to our members the resources, tools, guides, and innovative examples that contribute to reducing the museums’ carbon print and its negative impacts they have on our planet.

CIMAM encourages its members to commit to achieving climate neutrality according to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

As for CIMAM itself, we always try to make the best decision with the information we have available, and when new sustainable solutions, technologies, and information become available, CIMAM will be ready to continue adapting and changing.

We are presenting below a preview of the toolkit we are working at to help contemporary art museum professionals start implementing in their institutions, and as individuals, the necessary changes to become carbon neutral. We will be releasing soon as the complete version of the toolkit!

Museum and Cultural focused Consultants

Curating Tomorrow. A consultancy for museums, the heritage sector, and anyone interested in creating a better future. By Henry Mcghie. Based in the UK and working abroad.

Sustainable Museums. Strategies and networks for cultural institutions committed to fostering environmental sustainability, responding to climate change, and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By Sarah Sutton. Based in the US.

Julie’s Bicycle. A London-based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. They provide services to enable embed environmental sustainability in work, allowing to demonstrate action on climate change. Based in the UK.

engeco. The leading voice providing expert advisory on energy and climate change strategy in Australasia. engeco provides clear, achievable strategies to help companies, NGOs and Governments prepare for the major transition to a low carbon, alternative energy future. Based in Singapore and working in Australasia.

Paia. We are a team of dedicated sustainability specialists committed to working alongside companies to understand the business risks and opportunities that sustainability issues pose, and how best to apply those within existing company structures and strategies. Based in Singapore and working globally, but with a particular focus on Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Carbon Footprint Calculators and Certificates

GCC Gallery Climate Coalition. This free online tool is designed to help estimate the carbon footprint of your business based on metrics common to most art galleries in today’s international art world. It aims to be as easy-to-use as possible and provide a quick breakdown of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Based in the UK and working abroad.

Climate Neutral Certificate. It's the standard earned by companies that offset and reduce all of their greenhouse gas emissions. Get Certified. Based in the US.

Ere-S. With over ten years of experience in producing and assuring sustainability reports for many high-profile companies in Southeast Asia, Ere-S is a Singapore's leading corporate sustainability consultant.

Platforms and Inspiring Initiatives to Follow

Ki Culture Non-profit organisation that provides sustainable solutions for cultural heritage. Ki Culture provides solutions to promote sustainable practices for professionals and leverage cultural heritage to effectively make industry wide impact.

Museums For Future. Museums For Future is a global movement of museum workers, cultural heritage professionals, and many others to support the #FridaysForFuture movement with positive actions.

Sustainability in Conservation. SiC Sustainability in Conservation (SiC) is a branch of Ki Culture dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and sustainable practices in conservation of cultural heritage. By Caitlin Southwick.

We Are Museums. Foster systemic changes towards a climate-resilient future, good for people and the Planet through community-based actions. A program designed by EIT Climate-KIC and We Are Museums.

Art/Switch. Our goal is to develop climate-conscious practices for a carbon zero, future proof arts sector. We believe that the arts can use its inherent creativity to rethink its structure and play a leading role in the sustainable shift. Art/Switch functions as an incubator for these ideas, a hub that brings together different players to hasten this movement of change. Based in Amsterdam and New York.

Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice. Building museums' capacity to promote awareness, mitigation & resilience in the face of climate change. It mobilizes and supports Canadian museum workers and their organizations in building public awareness, mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change.

Culture Declares. We are a growing international movement of individuals and organisations in the cultural sector declaring climate and ecological emergency. This means telling the truth, taking action and seeking justice.

United Nations Climate Change. The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.