and how to use it

Several leading children's museums have begun employing green practices in their operations, expansion projects, and exhibit environments. Others have adopted sustainability as a major institutional value, and have begun employing architects and builders to design green buildings that can serve as teaching tools themselves. While the field of green design is rapidly expanding with many new resources on sustainable building, this is one of few sites that focuses solely on nontoxic museum exhibits and environments for children. is divided into six sections. The first three— Begin, Rethink, Plan—serve as a sustainability primer to guide and inspire museum professionals through the initial development process for sustainable exhibits. These sections provide basic background information on sustainable design, a glimpse at some of the visionary thinking in the field, and a look at how this agenda fits into a national context.

The last three sections—Build, Connect, Dream—contain more practical information about building materials, local and national resources, ways to learn more and connect with others, and a compelling set of case studies.

Use the sections in whatever order, depending on whether you are new to the ideas, or a seasoned designer. Enjoy!