How we turned our conference greener?

Katowice, where else?

Our hosting venue and co-organizer the Muzeum Slaskie is located in the heart of the Cultural Zone in Katowice. This unique space on the national scale is part of the revitalization programme of the former coal mining area.

Environmental responsibility of the Muzeum Śląskie

Apart from preserving the region’s tangible heritage, Muzeum Śląskie strives to protect its natural resources. Activities undertaken by the institution are aimed at fostering a better understanding of the industrial phenomenon but also serve as a warning against processes that may have a disastrous impact on the community and the environment — a warning based on the painful historical experience of the region.

Nature @The Muzeum Slaskie

Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice is the first museum in Poland to receive the Green Key environmental certificate, which confirms that the institution observes procedures aimed at minimising its environmental impact. The certificate is awarded to institutions that manage their resources in a rational manner, contribute towards the employees’ environmental commitment. The priority in the institution’s environmental activities is to reduce the use of office supplies and utility materials, whose production is strenuous and which have a negative environmental impact, as well as to reduce resource consumption and the amount of waste produced while increasing the effectiveness of waste segregation.

Photo by Michał Jędrzejowski / Muzeum Śląskie w Katowicach

Our programme turned green

We will open the conference with a series of inspiring visions of today’s museum’s issues including the participation of Robert R. Janes, Founder and Co-Chair of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice (Canada) in video and Michael Peter Edson, Co-founder of the Museum for the United Nations (United States) in a videoconference.

The Climate Collective Poland

Responding to the challenges posed by climate change, the Silesian Museum cooperating with a curator from the POLIN Museum decided to initiate a long-term action addressed at the local community of Katowice. The presentation will outline the planned model for the project, which will connect the resources and experiences of museum professionals, artists and activists in common action with the local community. The presentation will conclude with a manifesto “Museums for climate” developed by both the Climate Collective and representatives of Polish museums.

Sustainable practices and consumption

One-time produced things

We partnered with suppliers who make environmentally friendly promotional products. Our notebooks and pens were made from recycled materials, our lanyards were recyclable, our ID badges were biodegradables and you could even grow a sunflower from it afterwards if you plant it, our gym bags were made with organic cotton and our programmes were printed on eco-paper. Our gym bags have been produced locally with organic cotton. Also, all the textile-based promotional and informational flags have been transformed into bags sold at the shop of the Muzeum Slaskie.

Food and Diet.

We offered vegan and vegetarian options for each of our food breaks. Also, having no-dairy kinds of milk, organic fruits and healthy biscuits was a must. The conference was plastic-free. Water and drinks were distributed in glass carafes or small glass bottles. Participants could find in each room three-types recycled bins.

Transport

We provided environmentally friendly transport during the event such as a public tram and city-buses exclusively for all our participants. Also, the speakers and the staff of WAM were accommodated in a hotel within walking distance from the Muzeum Slaskie. Some of our speakers choose to join the conference in a videoconference or with pre-recorded speeches, to access the venue by train only and favourited the car of the bus instead of the plane. And our speakers making a long-distance trip to come to Europe committed to use their trip wisely and combine several reasons for travel. We offset the footprint of the plane tickets we buy in most of the plane companies we use.

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Diane Drubay

Diane Drubay

Founder of @wearemuseums. Co-founder of @alterhen. Arts & Culture for the Tezos ecosystem. Visual artist nudging for nature awareness.