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ECP supports areas where the cultural sector can address environmental issues including air quality, water quality and conservation, waste reduction, habitat and biodiversity preservation, and climate mitigation and adaptation. We work to mobilize cultural institutions to participate in, message and model, and work with other sectors and their communities for climate action and resilience.

Museums, zoos, gardens, aquariums, and cultural heritage sites are key partners for cities, counties, states, tribes, and civic organizations when planning sustainable and resilient futures that emphasize equity, economics and health. For there to be truly lasting, sustainable results for the country and the World, cultural institutions must be integrated into their communities. Communities and institutions benefit when the cultural sector’s work is connected to other sectors’ efforts on environmental and human health, climate mitigation and adaptation, and community resilience

There is a collective need to make deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., carbon dioxide, methane) and ultimately limit global warming by slowing and stopping changes where possible.

Our work spans three pillars of work and focuses on projects working with and serving multiple organizations nationally and internationally.

Research & Training

We focus on cooperative learning and skill-building to share knowledge and promising practices, conduct research, prepare publications, and host convenings. Learn More >


Our team supports development of transformative solutions helping the cultural sector to shift from “business as usual” to environment- and climate- smart practices. Learn More >


We participate in civil environmental dialogue with other sectors, and share U.S. cultural sector practices regionally, nationally, and internationally. Learn More >