Museums, theatres, opera houses and other cultural institutions enjoy high levels of trust and public visibility, attracting millions of visitors across the globe each day. As such, they are predestined to shape the sustainability transition and become thought leaders and role models to inspire action for sustainability beyond their sector. The cultural sector, however, is lacking a framework and indicators for understanding and managing sustainability, as well as a benchmark to calibrate and structure ongoing sustainability efforts.
Our research project “Culture for the Planet”, conducted at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, seeks to develop frameworks and tools to accompany the cultural sector towards more ambitious and more systematic actions for sustainability.
As a transformational research project with a global scope, we will create outcomes to:
- Identify drivers and barriers and suggest ways to overcome barriers and leverage drivers
- Collect best practices of sustainability in cultural institutions and inspire change
- Assess the level of sustainability of the cultural sector and identify areas for improvement
- Develop a conceptual model for sustainability for the cultural sector
- Develop a benchmark for sustainability for the cultural sector
- Expert Panel with twelve cultural institutions from around the world to develop a sustainability benchmark.
- Global Survey: in June 2022, a worldwide survey of leading cultural institutions was launched to gain – for the first time – detailed insight into the sustainability efforts of the cultural sector.
- Best Practice Interviews: So far interviews were conducted with the following institutions :
- Guggenheim Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain),
- Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK),
- Opera La Monnaie (Brussels, Belgium),
- Australian Museum (Sydney, Australia)
- Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C., USA)
- Musée d’Ethnographie Genève (Geneva, Switzerland)
- National Gallery and Singapore Art Museum (SAM) (Singapore)
- EcoTeatro (Milan, Italy)