The Green Museum Project is a sustainability initiative developed by Museums Australia (Victoria) and made possible by the generous support of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation with additional support from Creative Victoria. The program ran for a two year period and finished in February 2018. 

Commencing July 2016, the Green Museum Project Manager has been offering practical training in Melbourne and regional hubs to staff and volunteers of Victorian museums and galleries on preventive conservation and environmental sustainability practices. Workshop participants gain the tools and knowledge to reduce energy use, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve lighting facilities, reduce the risk of collections to light and ultraviolet damage, and position their organisation as a local leader in sustainability.

The Green Museum Project training program has been designed to complement the Museum Accreditation Program (MAP). Training was open to all museums and galleries operating in Victoria with priority given to MAP-Accredited and MAP-enrolled organisations. Participants were trained on how to:

  • Conduct an energy and lighting audit to establish baseline measures.
  • Measure and adjust exhibition and display lighting to meet conservation standards.
  • Ensure long-term preservation of collection material through object rotation schedules.
  • Create and implement an Environmental Sustainability Policy.
  • Design an Action Plan for sustainable operations.

Training Benefits

  • Improved environmental performance and image.
  • Staff trained for continued sustainability improvement activities.
  • Environmental awareness and basic understanding of sustainability issues within the context of the cultural heritage sector.
  • Identification and evaluation of possible solutions and alternate technologies and methodologies to increase organisational sustainability.
  • Assistance with long-term preservation of collection material. 

Image: Solar panels installation on the Ballarat Tramway Museum depot roof. Photo: Peter Waugh.

For more information please contact Simone Ewenson, MAP Manager on 03 8341 7344 or Regional Freecall 1800 680 082


The Green Museum Project is funded by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation with additional support from Creative Victoria.