Sustainability at ACMI
At ACMI, we take seriously our responsibility for minimising our environmental footprint where possible, promoting sustainable practices across all our activities and business practices.
Leading by example we will engage and encourage a shared commitment to environmental management and sustainable business practices to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
ACMI Environmental Policy 2014
We adopt practical greener alternatives throughout the organisation and actively promote responsible environmental management amongst our staff, volunteers, stakeholders, partners, clients and suppliers.
Two teams are dedicated to sponsoring a greener ACMI: our Environmental Impact Steering Group and our Green Team.
- The Environmental Impact Steering Group (headed by the Deputy Director), has a core focus to establish strategic objectives for the organisation on sustainable business practice. The group identifies aims and objectives and establishes measures for performance and achievement to achieve a reduction in our GHG emissions.
- The Green Team has been established for staff and volunteers to directly contribute to a reduction in the organisation’s environmental impact, while assisting in education, engagement and accountability.
- Our staff participates in Business Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Hour, producing programs that promote sustainability, and other green initiatives.
- The ACMI Commuter Club encourages staff to use public transport to travel to work and secure bicycle parking is available for staff use.
Merri Creek Planting Day, approximately 320 indigenous plants including silky blue grass, spiny-headed matt rush, wattles and tree-violets were planted.
Resources and Operations
- We use water saving technology in our toilets such as waterless urinals and we’ve introduced a rainwater supply to flushable public toilets at our Federation Square site.
- In 2014 we participated in a sustainable lighting pilot for new LED low power gallery lighting fixtures which will provide museum standard lighting while reducing emissions. The results of this pilot are being assessed and a funding bid for a permanent low-powered technology changeover is in the planning stage.
- Food and organic waste recycling exists within our office spaces and as part of on-site restaurant, Optic Kitchen & Bar with waste product fed into Federation Square’s biogas plant.
- We track our environmental impacts including electricity, gas, paper usage, water and waste and benchmark against our KPI’s for reduced usage.
- We collaborate with Federation Square as part of the Greener Building Program.
- We endeavour to source environmentally sustainable materials for use in our exhibition displays. Where exhibition display materials cannot be re-purposed for future use they are recycled, donated to community and regional galleries around Victoria via the Museum Accreditation Program, or otherwise disposed of responsibly. We re-use a modular wall system to reduce waste during exhibition changeovers and minimise environmental damage by using low-VOC paints, low emission MDF etc.
Paper and Printing
- We use carbon neutral office paper and printing is automatically set to double-sided.
- Major printing is supplied through providers with world’s best Environmental Management System Accreditations.
- We aim to use digital signage in place of printed collateral, wherever possible and we’re increasingly transitioning to digital channels for the distribution of information to audiences and visitors.
- We use FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) sustainable paper stocks and vegetable based inks for offset printing where possible.
- Powered technology in our exhibition spaces is programmed for automatic shut down.
- Virtualisation Technology is used extensively to reduce the number of physical servers required.
- All office computer replacements are at least Energy Star 5.0 Compliant with 90% efficiency power supplies.
- Computers and mobile phones are recycled.
- We reduce road and air couriering of digital assets by using a secure FTP site to transfer large files.
- From time to time we partner with public transport providers, such as Yarra Trams and V/Line in support of providing our audience with green and sustainable ways of getting to ACMI.
- The City of Melbourne is also a regular partner of ACMI, and a large promoter of sustainable practices for the city community.
Future initiatives will be updated here as they are implemented.
ACMI staff take part in an edible gardening workshop.