As ProjectARCC has demonstrated, sustainability has become increasingly important in the archival community. The sustainability coordinator, Bomin Kim, and archivist, Aliza Leventhal, at Sasaki Associates have joined up to study how archives can approach sustainability from a “triple bottom line” approach; looking at impacts on social, environmental, and financial concerns.
We are asking questions such as:
- How can archival spaces be more sustainable?
- What impact does a geographic or climate region have on an archival space’s ability to be simultaneously more energy efficient, comfortable, and cost effective?
- And, what impact do occupant controlled environmental features (ex. blinds, thermostat, lights) have on an institution’s budget?
In order to start answering those questions we need to know more about the existing archival spaces and need your help!
Please respond to our brief (10-15 minute) survey that asks for specifics about your holdings, facilities, indoor comfort, as well as what sustainability means to your institution. With this information we aim to develop generalized regional case studies to create best practice guidelines on a sliding scale of sustainability can be achieved for archives of varying sizes and locations.
We will be sharing the results of this survey, as well as our sliding scale guidelines later this fall.