This page is maintained by members of AIC's Sustainability Committee.
The Sustainability Committee was founded in August 2008 as the Green Task Force (GTF) with the initial mission to evaluate U.S. conservators’ current awareness of sustainability and how we are working towards more appropriate practices in institutions and private businesses. In September 2010 the GTF became a committee called the Committee for Sustainable Conservation Practices (CSCP). In July 2013 the CSCP renamed itself to the Sustainability Committee to clarify our objectives, to appeal to a wider audience, and to increase its visibility.
The committee charge is as follows:
- Provide resources for AIC members and other caretakers of cultural heritage regarding environmentally sustainable approaches to preventive care and other aspects of conservation practice. Resources may be provided via electronic media, workshops, publications and presentations.
- Define Research topics and suggest working groups as needed to explore sustainable conservation practices and new technologies.
The information in the pages listed below has been gathered by the committee and is continuously updated. Contact the SC at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or tips on sustainability and the conservation or historic and artistic works.
- What is Sustainability?
- The Importance of Sustainability
- Starting a Sustainability Committee At Your Institution
- Funding for Sustainability
- Related Organizations
- Thinking about Sustainability and Material Use in Conservation
- Where to Begin: Finding Information About Specific Materials
- General Tips for Sustainable Material Use
- Reuse Materials
- Material Use in Renovations
- Waste Management
- Certification, Seals, Organizations
- Additional Resources
- Information About Specific Treatments in Conservation
- Information About Specific Chemicals in Conservation
- Information about Plastics
- Information about Papers and Boards
- Information about Conservation Supplies and Tools
- Information about Crates
- Information about Water
- TABLE: 11 Commonly Used Solvents by Stavroudis
- TABLE: Preferred, Useable, and Undesirable Solvent by Alfonsi et al.
- Thinking about Sustainability and Energy Use
- Climate Control, Heating, and Air Conditioning
- Office and Lab Equipment
- Case Studies: Sustainability and Energy Use
- The American Institute for Conservation
- Mary Gridley of Cranmer Art Group
- The Indianapolis Museum of Art
- University of Pittsburgh
- New York Public Library
Publications and Projects by the Sustainability Committee
AIC Newsletter Articles
- Beginning the Green Task Force This page is based on two articles published in AIC News in July and September 2008.
- "When the Well’s Dry, We Know the Worth of Water" This page is based on an article published in AIC News: Nunberg, Sarah. (2011) "When the Well’s Dry, We Know the Worth of Water." AICNews 36(2): 12-13.
- Plastics are Forever: Wraps, Tools, Films and Containers used in Conservation Practice This page is based on an article published in AIC News in 2011.
- Hazardous Waste: Where on Earth Should it Go? by Denise Stockman with contributions from members of the AIC Committee on Sustainable Conservation Practice. This article was originally published in Vol. 38 No. 2 of AIC News, March 2013, pg. 12-15.
- Can White Paper be Green? by Melissa Tedone and Robin Ohern, published in AIC News, September 2013, Vol. 38, No. 5, pg. 9-11.
- An Introduction to How the Manufacturing and Disposal of Adhesives and Paints Affects our Environment by Robin O’Hern, Geneva Griswold, Mary Elizabeth Haude, and Jia-sun Tsang as part of The Sustainability Committee, May 2015, Vol. 40, No. 3, pg. 14-17
- Sustaining the Unsustainable: Mitigation and Monitoring for Modern Materials By Whitney Baker, Kelly McCauley, and Jia-sun Tsang for the AIC Sustainability Committee, September 2015, published in AIC News
- Dangerous Detergents? Health and Safety answers for surfactant questions by Laura Mina and Geneva Griswold, May 2017, published in AIC News
- Museum-Quality and Sustainable by Christian Hernandez, September 2017, published in AIC News
- Green Task Force Survey Summary Report Presented at the Issue Session of AIC's 37th Annual Meeting on May 21, 2009, Los Angeles, CA by Patricia Silence, Chair
- Green Task Force 2010 AIC Presentation
- Sustainable Practices 2011 Survey Results This page is based on an article published in AICNews in 2012.
- Lunch session at 40th Annual Meeting. "Linking the Environment and Heritage Conservation: Presentations, Tips, and Discussions"
- Life Cycle Assessment Project (LCA)
- 5.8 Life Cycle Assessments: Lighting, HVAC, Loans, and Treatments poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, May 2014
- Tips Sheet for Emerging Conservation Professionals handout for students and emerging conservation professionals, updated in 2018
- Cost Effective and Sustainable Packing, Moving, and Storage coordinated by Geneva Griswald and Christian Hernandez on December 1, 2015
- Examining the Environmental Impact of Exhibitions and Loans using the Life Cycle Assessment Tool coordinated by Sarah Nunberg on December 8, 2015
AIC Annual Conference Program
- 6.1 2012 Annual Conference Program 40th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM
- 6.2 2013 Annual Conference Program 41st Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN
- 6.3 2014 Annual Conference Program 42nd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA
- 6.4 2015 Annual Conference Program 43rd Annual Meeting in Miami, FL
- 6.5 2016 Annual Conference Program 44th Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada
- 6.6 2017 Annual Conference Program 45th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL
Works Cited and Further Reading