London museums receive green awards

London museums receive green awards

Twelve London museums have won Green Tourism awards for holding sustainability lessons and making their buildings more eco-friendly. The Whitehall Museum and Horniman Museum received gold awards from the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), while the Brunel Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, Freud Museum, Islington Museums, Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge, Geffrye Museum, London Transport Museum and Museum of London received silver accreditation. The Fashion and Textile Museum and Wandsworth Museum now have bronze awards. Several buildings have installed LED lights or improved their heating and one is holding talks on environmentalism as part of the GTBS by Renaissance London. “Being green is not just about technology – it is about telling the story of how people might have lived sustainably in the past, how they created things and found solutions to their problems without relying on a global infrastructure,” said John Proctor, technical director of Green Tourism. “That’s where museums can have tremendously positive impact, encouraging people to rethink how they deal with green issues even if it’s just one person changing the way they do things after a visit.”

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