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STiCH: Sustainability Tools in Cultural Heritage

    Screen capture of the STiCH website displaying the word with each letter filled with colorful patterns and linking the viewer to sections of the website.


    The cultural sector is beginning to accelerate its movement toward more sustainable and climate-friendly approaches. STiCH is part of that movement. It is a multi-year effort by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities to help the cultural heritage profession make informed choices about its impacts.

    We hope you will explore the website, use the tool, and read the case studies and information sheets as they’re added and expanded upon. Then we hope you’ll contact us with ideas AND stories of how you’ve used the tool in your care for the nation’s cultural heritage at

    Our Role

    Sarah Sutton is a co-Principal Investigator for the 2020-2022 implementation project and was co-project director for the 2018 planning project.

    Next Steps

    The team will continue to build the carbon calculator tool, expand the case studies and explore inclusion of internationally-sourced materials in their Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research.