Welcome to the blog site for the PIC-Green Sustainability Standards in Museums (SSM) initiative. PIC-Green is a professional interest committee of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to progressing the incorporation of sustainability in all aspects of museums.

The SSM initiative was conceived at the 2012 AAM annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2012, 25 institutions provided data on their approach to sustainability and their direct experience with sustainability standards, such as LEED. The goal of the initiative is to develop museum specific guidance, where current standards fall short.

To launch this initiative PIC-Green is hosting a one-day summit at the 2013 AAM annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. A white paper will capture the survey data, sample stories of institutions across the country, and recommendations from the day’s discussions, with the goal of further market transformation in a building type integral to our culture and education.