Green award for MV

10 May, 2010

Kamran and Tim with the ECO-Buy Award
Kamran Jafari, Environmental Projects Co-ordinator, and Tim Rolfe, Head of MV Studios, with the ECO-Buy Award.
Source: Museum Victoria

Museum Victoria received recognition of its commitment to environmental responsibility by winning an ECO-Buy Award for Excellence in Green Purchasing (State Government category). These annual awards acknowledge that by virtue of their size and buying power, businesses and government have significant impact when they choose green products, services and suppliers.

The award recognises the inclusion of environmental responsibility in MV’s six strategic directions. MV has introduced a number of green purchasing initiatives as part of the organisation’s environmental sustainability policy. These include:

  • installing infrastructure in the Melbourne Museum car park to reduce lighting demand
  • introducing Energy Star–compliant computers
  • creating the Museum Victoria Cost of Life (MVCOL) tool which enables users to calculate the environmental and operating impact of technology across the life of a museum exhibition
  • applying principles of sustainable design for recent exhibitions Waters of Tuvalu and A Day in Pompeii, and all four stages of the Science and Life Gallery redevelopment including Dinosaur Walk and Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world.

"This award is a tribute to the outstanding efforts of a wide range of staff,” said Tim Rolfe, Head of MV Studios. “We decided we would not attempt to change the world in a day but simply make a start by adhering to the life cycle thinking aims. It was amazing how quickly we were able to implement more sustainable practices and how they have a tendency to flow from one to another. I look back now and the amount we have achieved in a relatively short time is incredible."

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