Summit on the Museum Preservation Environment
To reassess the state of environmental stewardship at the Smithsonian, the Summit on the Museum Preservation Environment initiated an interdisciplinary approach to define best practices for the preservation environment through the promotion of collaborative dialogue among subject-matter specialists. Facilitating discussions among Smithsonian staff and external professionals, the Summit recognized the need for improved communication and collaborative, evidence-based decision making among museum professional disciplines and the stakeholders who share responsibility for the design, maintenance, and management of the collections environment from building envelope to microclimates.
Co-edited by Sarah Stauderman and Bill Tompkins, the publication of Summit Proceedings by the SI Scholarly Press in 2016 contributes to the growing national and international conversations on sustainability in the preservation and management of museum collections. The Proceedings include the Declaration on the Collections Preservation Environment, the Institution’s goals related to the collections preservation environment and guidance for sustainable and interdisciplinary decision-making. The far-reaching and positive impacts of the Summit demonstrate the Smithsonian’s commitment to proper stewardship of cultural heritage and the planet.