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Sustainable Museums, Sustainable Futures

October 22, 2019

Rae Ostman, Arizona State University

In September, professionals from 30 different museums joined forces to help create a sustainable future. They represented the first cohort of NISE Network’s Sustainability Fellowship program, which will include over 90 organizations in 2019-2020. This program is a key part of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums initiative, which provides professional development, educational materials, and other resources to help museums integrate sustainability into their public engagement work, operations, and community partnerships.


Workshop highlights

Find out more through our short feature video of the workshop and the photos below. Workshop resources are available online for use by all our NISE Network partners.


Workshop presenters connected sustainability science and practice to museums and informal learning settings. Photo: Arizona State University.


Workshop participants developed understanding and skills through improv games and other interactive activities. Photo: Arizona State University.


Take-home resources from the workshop can be used to engage other professionals at participating organizations. Photo: Arizona State University.


Previous program participants shared their experience developing and implementing sustainability projects. Photo: Arizona State University.


Workshop participants worked together to plan their own projects. Photo: Arizona State University.​​
Program participants outlined and presented their project plans. Photo: Arizona State University.


Some projects are already being implemented! Photo: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium


What’s next? 

In 2020, we’ll be offering an online professional development series focused on sustainability, which is open to all NISE Network partners. In addition, we’ll be offering a new set of public programs, which will be available as digital downloads just in time for Earth Day 2020 programming.


The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums program is supported through funding from the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.



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