We are hosting Office Hours throughout January 2022.

If you are interested in attending a session, please email hello@ecprs.org noting which session you would like to attend and we will share the Zoom link. All times are in EST. At this time we are only able to support museums located in the United States.

  • Friday, January 7, 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 12, 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Thursday, January 20, 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 25, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Project Background

Culture Over Carbon is a groundbreaking research project funded by a National Leadership grant (2021 – 2023) of nearly $600,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It will improve the museum field’s understanding of energy use by examining data from five types of museums, and zoos and aquariums, gardens, and historic sites. The research covers all United States geographic regions, and varying sizes and types of buildings (e.g., office vs. collection storage). The project will establish an energy carbon footprint for the museum sector and create “roadmaps”’ to help these cultural sector institutions use energy more efficiently. The research will consider how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions vary by an institution’s geographic location, that energy sources differ by state and municipality, and that regulations vary as well. This project will help participating institutions understand their specific energy use, while also building the cultural sector’s broad understanding of its current energy practices and helping it to plan for future expected changes in energy availability, policies, and regulations. The grant was awarded to the New England Museum Association (NEMA). NEMA leads the project in partnership with Environment & Culture Partners (ECP) and the nonprofit energy consultants New Buildings Institute (NBI).  

Why Is This Work Important?

Very few museums have the ability or resources to monitor and assess their own energy use, especially during this period of economic stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet without this data they are unable to make strategic energy management decisions to save funds or reduce the GHG emissions that worsen the climate crisis. Even with this information, staff and leadership often still struggle with how to best make good choices on energy use and how to pay for it. Your institution’s data can remain anonymous if you prefer.

Benefits to you:

  • A stipend for contributing 12 months of recent energy data
  • An energy sensitivity profile for your site

Contact Us

Please reach out to ECP at hello@ecprs.org with questions about the project and Webly Bowles at webly@newbuildings.org with questions about sharing data and the report you’ll receive.