The Green Museum

MS265: The Green Museum: Introduction to Environmental Sustainability in

Instructor: Sarah S. Brophy
Dates: Feb 4 to Mar 1, 2013
Price: $475
Location: Online at

Description: Explore how the realities and principles of environmental sustainability
can be applied to museum situations. The course includes discussions
about the philosophy of going green, and how it affects institutional
policy and planning. Students will be required to keep a journal,
collect photographs, and to visit two museums   one not your own. Upon
completing this course, students will be able to: 1. apply principles of
environmental-sustainability to work and personal decisions 2. identify
and test facts, understand trade-offs, and recognize mission-effects
related to environmental sustainability when they make choices at their
museums for programming, and operational projects 3. encourage others to
adopt sustainable practice within a museum context; and support others
in bringing about change in an institution and in the field

Participants in The Green Museum: Introduction to Environmental
Sustainability in Museums work at their own pace through sections and
interact through online chats. Instructor Sarah Brophy is available at
scheduled times during the course for email support. The Green Museum
includes online literature and student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. The
course is limited to 20 participants.

The Green Museum runs four weeks. To reserve a spot in the course,
please pay at If you have
trouble please contact Helen Alten at

The Instructor:
Sarah S. Brophy, LEED-AP, is consultant for museums, historic sites,
zoos and gardens pursuing environmental sustainability in their
buildings, operations and programming. She works with the Detroit Zoo,
the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and Green Energy Design. She also teaches
The Green Museum at The George Washington University Museum Studies
Graduate Program. Currently she is a co-chair of the American
Association of Museum s Professional Interest Committee on Environmental
Sustainability. Sarah is the co-author of The Green Museum: A Primer on
Environmental Sustainability, and author of Is Your Museum Grant-Ready?
She authored or co-authored chapters in four other textbooks including
The Manual of Museum Planning, Third Edition, and Sustainable Museums:
Strategies for the 21st Century. Her articles have appeared in the
American Association of Museum s Museum News and Museum magazines, The
American Association of State and Local History s History News, and The
American Public Garden Association s Public Garden. Sarah is bent on
demonstrating that museums, zoos, gardens and aquariums should be
leaders in modeling and promoting sustainable living and learning. Sarah
Brophy runs bMuse a consultancy for museums that believes that the
defining feature of museums is experiential learning   the pleasure,
power and opportunity of it. Her work focuses on helping museums become
sustainable through strategic grants development, cost-saving green
buildings and behavior, and in mainstreaming actions that strengthen
relevance and responsiveness to the audiences they serve.