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The museum context – American Alliance of Museums


2020 and 2021 have seen major climatic events directly and indirectly affecting museums. Following calls for decarbonization at COP 26 last fall, museums are putting resources in place to chart a new course towards their long-term planning and strategic plans. The need for a sustainability agent or agents has arisen in other sectors, both public and private. Can museums be catalysts for community planning for a better future? How to borrow best business practices? Is it time for museums to lead by example?

Discussions will focus on how this position could support the mission, integrate climate action areas through departmental collaborations, and possible measures for museums of different sizes. We are joined by sustainability leaders from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Museum of Modern Art in New York to hear their views.

Nancy Bechtol, Smithsonian Facilities Director and Director of Sustainability, Smithsonian Institution


Jean Savitsky, Director of Real Estate and Sustainability, Museum of Modern Art New York

Moderator, Joyce Lee, President, AAM Environment Climate Network and President of IndigoJLD Green + Health

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.