CUTTING EMISSIONS: the most critical action for keeping the global temperature rise under 2 degrees celsius. The following resources will help get you started. 

GCC Carbon Calculator

In order to create an effective culture of sustainability, we all need a starting point. Measure your emissions today using the GCC Carbon Calculator. This free and online tool can estimate the carbon footprint of an organization based on metrics common to most art galleries. Art + Climate Action uses this in our carbon audits. 

Energy Ki Book

Energy use likely makes up a major part of your gallery or museum’s carbon emissions. Download the Ki Culture Energy Book and see how you can implement easy consumption reductions in your galleries and offices.

Shipping & Travel

Many carbon assessments  indicate that shipping and air travel are among the top three sources of carbon emissions

Find alternative shipping options other than air freight and request low emission options on all shipping quotes. Choose shippers who support sustainability and will calculate shipment emissions for you such as Dietl or ARTA.

In addition, wherever possible, find alternatives to air travel. Check out GCC’s Ten Steps to Limit the Impact of Air Travel.

Strategic Climate Funds

Once you’ve removed as much CO2e emissions from your operations as possible, we recommend donating to a Strategic Climate Fund. Although compensation schemes are considered a last resort, they provide a way to take responsibility for the greenhouse gases you can't avoid. The GCC has a great overview of SCF’s with projects where urgent climate action is needed.

ELIMINATE WASTE: the most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Eliminating waste to landfill and reducing material consumption is a necessary action that will protect ecosystems and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

STiCH Carbon Calculator 

Explore the Sustainability Tools in Cultural Heritage (STiCH) Carbon Calculator. This free and easy-to-use online tool provides a comparison of the carbon footprint between products and materials, allowing users such as artists, conservators, and preparators to select materials with less kg CO2 emissions thus making educated choices and truly lowering the environmental impact of their activities. 

A resource sharing tool for the art world, that enables artists, galleries, and museums to reduce their waste by reusing and rehoming materials. You can think of BARDER as a kind of art commons and collective inventory of materials. Sign up for the Art + Climate Action Barder circle here (beta). After signing up, you can source items like crates, stretchers, AV equipment and more. You can also post your items to sell, lend, or simply give away to save space.

Waste & Materials Ki Book

Read up on Ki Culture's Waste & Materials Ki Book which outlines suitable alternatives that are available for the art sector and shows us how to reduce our waste. All of the Ki Books are free to download on their site.

Alternative Crate Options

Use eco-crate options, like Rok-box, Earth Crate, or Turtle Crates, or source second life crates from Green Crates or

SUPPORT WORKERS: the most effective way to move forward a sustainable art world is to embed solidarity structures into our workplaces. Make space for you and all of your collaborators to support and learn from one another as they contribute to a climate-conscious art world. 

Helen Mirra Exhibition Rider

Specify sustainability commitments, actions, and incentives that your partners can take for your next exhibition. California-based artist Helen Mirra's matter rider outlines a set of principles and practices in response to concerns about climate change, plastic waste, and the treatment of nonhuman living beings. 

Climate Impact Report Checklist

The CIR’s checklist lays out an effective way to discuss whether or not your team members and colleagues feel they are adequately supported in this process. Have a conversation with them and use the report checklist as a guide.

COLLECTIVE ACTION: By coming together we are able to provide support to one another, share information, agree on goals, and collaborate on projects. Collective action strengthens and amplifies our efforts, while also signaling to the public that we are united in creating a sustainable and responsible arts industry. 

Climate Action Database

A collaborative effort between Artists Commit, Galleries Commit, and PACT members, the Climate Action Database is a growing collection of resources, actions, and plans pertaining to the world of art and sustainability. Submit entries here.

Partners for Art Climate Targets

Connect with anyone in the Partners for Arts Climate Targets (PACT) initiatives and get involved in their programs: Art to Acres, Art / Switch, Art to Zero, Artists Commit, Galleries Commit, Gallery Climate Coalition, and Ki Culture.  

Climate Impact Reports

Join Artists Commit and a growing network of artists and arts organizations gaining insight into the climate impact of their work. Talk to your collaborators about conducting a Climate Impact Report on a exhibition or project. Check out our 30-minute community meeting on the CIR's. 

STAY UP-TO-DATE: The following portals and mailing lists are recommended for keeping informed about climate news.