The practice of adopting sustainable practices for cultural institutions has become an increasingly relevant topic in recent years. But what can small and medium-sized organizations do to adopt even small actions that can play a role in mitigating the climate crisis and preventing climate-caused emergencies? Closing out a month of #MayDayPrep C2C Care asked speakers from various organizations to share the ways their institutions are developing disaster preparedness practices, all based on sustainable practices.

Sustainable recovery: how to reduce the environmental impact of your emergency kit with Lorraine Finch
To be sustainable, our attitude towards things, including those in emergency kits, must change to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle. How do we do this with our emergency kits? Sustainable recovery has the answers! During this section, Lorraine Finch will walk you through six simple actions you can take to improve the sustainability of your emergency kit and thereby reduce your kit’s impact on the climate and the environment.

Implementing sustainability practices in collection spaces for small and medium businesses with Crista Pack
Climate and environmental changes have altered communities around the world. Museums and cultural sites are increasingly sensitive to environmental sustainability due to the negative impact of climate-induced disasters. Crista Pack will highlight the Missouri Historical Society‘s sustainability journey and the strategies the organization has implemented to reduce their environmental impact while focusing on the preservation of cultural heritage. Mitigation strategies can be implemented at large and small cultural sites to reduce the negative impact of climate-induced disasters affecting cultural heritage sites and materials.

Cost-effective and environmentally friendly preservation methods for preparing paper objects for transport and display with Al Carver-Kubik
It is commonly believed that proper crating and packaging will prevent disasters in transit when items are vulnerable to improper temperature, relative humidity and handling. While some materials used to protect paper objects in transit can be reused, many are not reusable or recyclable, producing a significant amount of non-biodegradable waste. Al Carver-Kubik will share field survey results from the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) IMLS grant-funded project currently underway to determine the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly methods of preparing collectibles on paper for transport and display while maintaining preservation standards.

Statements and opinions expressed by panelists, hosts, attendees, or other participants in this event are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of, or are endorsed by, the American Alliance of Museums.

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