Engage the public in sustainability through the educational power of science centers and museums
Why science museums?
Science museums are trusted public institutions and a perfect venue to engage the world’s citizens to learn about and address solutions to global challenges we face. Educational programs, exhibits, demonstrations and interpretive tools have the potential to help millions of museum visitors understand the social, environmental and economic impact of human behavior on the planet’s future.
What we do
The Sustainability in Science Museums Program supports science museums to expand their sustainability programming through content-rich trainings, interactive activity kits and other resources that museums can use to promote sustainability science and practice. Ultimately, this program is developing a network of science centers and museums that have a shared goal of increasing public understanding and interest in sustainability action on a global scale.
How we do it
Created by a team of sustainability scientists, museum professionals and informal science experts at NISEnet to educate children and adults on core sustainability science concepts, these kits are designed to be flexible for use at science centers, special events and summer camps.
The Sustainability in Science Museums Program offers two types of sustainability trainings. The first offering is a 6 month long, project-driven fellowship program which begins with a weeklong, intensive seminar. The second offering is a 3-day regional sustainability workshop. Though the fellowship is an opportunity for deeper engagement and professional development, the objective of both programs is to educate participants about sustainability, offer networking opportunities for like-minded professionals, and aid in the development of a project framework that participants can implement at their home institutions.
The Sustainability in Science Museums Program was conceived by the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives through close partnerships with Arizona Science Center and California Academy of Sciences. We also collaborate closely with Association of Science – Technology Centers to help museums find ways to incorporate sustainability within their institutions.
Through participation in our first Fellowship cohort, the At-Bristol Science Centre has become an integral partner, agreeing to co-sponsor our first Regional Sustainability in Science Museums Fellowship in May, 2017.
For more information, contact:
- Stacey Freeman
- Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Program Manager, Sustainability in Science Museums, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
- Instructor, School of Sustainability