Sustainable Conservation Webinars

Live Webinars on Sustainable Conservation

Cost Effective and Sustainable Packing, Moving, and Storage
December 1, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern Time

Examining the Environmental Impact of Exhibitions and Loans using the Life Cycle Assessment Tool
December 8, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern Time

Each webinar is 90 minutes (60 minute presentation, 30 minute Q&A)


Cost Effective and Sustainable Packing, Moving, and Storage: How have museums and libraries worked to reduce waste during packing for exhibitions or a move? How have institutions developed green housing and storage solutions for their collections? What systems for organizing materials have they found useful? This workshop will approach these questions both from a planning perspective as well as offering practical hands-on practices. 

The webinar will introduce participants to:

  • Methods of developing green housing and storage while taking into account the requirements for the exhibition and access of the collection.
  • Strategies for institutions to integrate sustainability into efforts to improve access to the collections for research.


  • Rebecca Fifield is a preservation management consultant focusing on emergency preparedness. She has over twenty years of experience working with art and history collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she provided leadership for the collections emergency program. Becky is Chair of AIC’s Collection Care Network, an Advisory Council Member of ARCS, and former Chair of Alliance for Response, NYC. She is author of “Emergency Management” in the upcoming Collection Storage: Preventive Conservation Approaches.
  • Simon Lambert is a Preservation Development Advisor at the Canada Conservation Institute. Previously, he worked for at ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Restoration and Preservation of Cultural Property) in Rome on the planning and implementation of international professional training activities about cultural heritage protection in times of conflict, and on developing didactic web-based tools for the reorganization of museum storage. Simon is a Commonwealth scholar and recipient of a 2010 ICON Conservation Award. He holds a B.A. in art history and Italian literature from McGill University, a Laurea in paintings conservation at the University of Urbino, and a M.S. in the Care of Collections at Cardiff University.
  • T. Ashley McGrew is Chair of Publications for the Preparation, Art handling, and Collections Care Information Network (PACCIN), preparator at Cantor Center for the Arts at Stanford University, and an editor at Storage Techniques for Art, Science, and History(STASH). Ashley's work draws upon experience with both institutional and commercial collections care, with the goals of identifying and implementing practical solutions promoting the preservation goals of institutions large and small.
Coordinator: Geneva Griswold

Examining the Environmental Impact of Exhibitions and Loans using the Life Cycle Assessment Tool: 
The session will introduce the concept of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and suggest ways that collecting institutions can evaluate exhibition and loan energy use and materials from cradle to grave. From these evaluations, sustainable aspects of exhibitions and loans will be identified and discussed. Providing life cycle assessments for loans, exhibitions, and lighting can improve the long term preservation of cultural heritage collections in an environmentally sustainable way.

The webinar will introduce conservators and collections care professionals to:

  • Tools that can be used to evaluate the sustainability of current practices.
  • Methods of reducing their carbon footprint, minimize the release of toxic chemicals into the environment, and reduce production of waste, without sacrificing effective preventive conservation measures or unnecessarily limiting treatment options.

About Life Cycle Assessments: A LCA is a method developed to better understand and quantitatively address the environmental impacts associated with manufactured and consumed products throughout a product’s life cycle from raw material acquisition through production, use, end-of-life treatment, recycling and final disposal (cradle-to-grave). To carry out a LCA, an issue is researched and quantitative values are assigned to each aspect of a life cycle.

The Committee for Sustainable Conservation Practice has collaborated with Northeastern University environmental engineer Dr. Matthew Eckelman and his students at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to conduct three LCA’s related to museum activities and collections care, including environmental control and energy savings; loans and exhibitions; and lighting. This workshop will introduce the concept of an LCA and present the three types of LCAs being done by Sarah Nunberg and Matthew Eckelman.

Presenters (all co-organizers for the LCA project): 

  • Sarah Nunberg - Objects Conservator in Private Practice and Chair of the Committee for Sustainable Conservation Practice at AIC 
  • Matt Eckelmen - Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Northeastern University 
  • Pamela Hatchfield - Robert P. and Carol T. Henderson Head of Objects Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Coordinator: Sarah Nunberg


Single Webinar: AIC Members: $29, Non-members: $39

Webinar Package (both webinars): AIC Members: $39, Non-members: $49

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Please note the following registration policies:

  • FAIC events are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met 30 days prior to the event. FAIC will refund the full registration fee, but is not responsible for loss of income or other costs.
  • Registration fees will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee when a cancellation request is made in writing and received by FAIC  at least 42 days before the program start date. Refund requests received 21 days before the program start date are subject to a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 21 days prior to the program start date.
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For more information, contact:
Sarah Saetren
FAIC Education Assistant
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-452-9328

This program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional funding comes from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works Endowment for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation and its friends. Courses are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

Without this support, the registration fees would be approximately $90

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