Environmental Sustainability at the Australian Museum
The Australian Museum is committed to addressing environmental sustainability and has developed a vision statement and associated goals to move us in this direction.
Vision and Goals
The Australian Museum is committed to addressing environmental sustainability at its' College Street site and has adopted the following vision:
to be an environmentally sustainable organisation that contributes to the creation of a beautiful and sustainable world.
In order to implement this vision the following goals have been developed:
Goal 1: Understand the Australian Museum's use of energy, water and waste generation and take action to meet and, where possible, exceed targets determined by the Government
Goal 2: To lead by example with the promotion and demonstration of environmental sustainability values.
The goals are broader statements of intent and are addressed further in the Museum's Environmental Sustainability Action Plan, that links to a range of plans at the Museum including the Corporate Strategic Services Plan.
Environmental Sustainability Achievements
To realise the Australian Museum's vision and goals a number of actions are being implemented, and to date the following has been achieved:
- The introduction of Fairtrade organic coffee in 2008
- Replacement of printers and faxes with energy rated multi function devices
- Completion of an energy audit
- Carbon offsets to be purchased for all air travel
- Installation of water saving devices in public and staff amenities
The Australian Museum is also addressing:
- Water usage via a water efficiency audit
- Sustainable exhibitions
- Sustainable functions and events
The Museum is a registered workplace for the National Ride to Work Day, 14 October 2009, supporting those who choose pedal power!
Fashion Less Waste
Entrants for the Australian Museum's Fashion Less Waste competition in May 2009 helped to fashion a less wasteful world. They designed and created an outfit mostly made from materials that were originally bought and used for a non-clothing purpose. Read about the judging criteria, judges, entrants, winners, and how to enter for 2010. Plus - check out the fantastic designs!
Climate Change: our future, our choice
The Museum held a special exhibition on climate change from May to August 2009, and continues to support education and research in climate change.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes celebrated its' 20th Anniversary in August 2009 and for the first time established an Environmental Sustainability Policy to work towards a Zero Waste event.
Lizard Island Research Station Sustainability Initiatives
Our reserach Station at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef tries to minimise its impact on this unique environment Sustainability Initiatives at Lizard Island
Recently, the new solar array was switched on at Lizard Island supplying the Research Centre with much of its power from a renewable source - Queensland's beautiful sunshine. Solar Power Switched on at Lizard Island
The NSW Government Sustainability Policy sets targets and strategies for the NSW Government to lead by example in sustainable water use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy, waste and fleet management and sustainable purchasing.
The Australian Museum is a Member - NSW Government Sustainability Advantage program administered by the Department of Environment and Climate Change.
Australian Museum Environmental Sustainability Committee
The development, implementation, and maintenance of environmental sustainability at the Australian Museum is governed by the Australian Museum Environmental Sustainability Committee. For further information please contact: Executive Officer.
Philippa Ardlie , Executive Officer