The Sustainability Excellence Award (SEA)

At the AAM Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, the PIC Green Sustainability Excellence Award honored the sustainable efforts of our museum community. The SEA award encourages museums to develop and educate visitors about green practices. The program recognizes large and small institutions; multi-year, capital-intensive efforts; and smaller staff-oriented programs. Every successful sustainable museum initiative reduces our carbon footprint by some degree, no matter how small. Each entry was categorized by scale of institution and type of program. Judges used a weighted analysis for review.  When possible both a small and large museum are awarded in each of three categories: Facilities, Programming and Exhibitions.

PIC Green, awarded each of the 2015 SEA winners through the “Adopt an Acre of the Northern Rockies” program sponsored by the Nature Conservancy.

2015 Recipients

Facilities/Site and Operation

  • Toledo Museum of Art (Large Museum)
    Toledo, OH
  • Wagner Free Institute of Science (Small Museum)
    Philadelphia, PA


  • The Erie Art Museum (Large Museum)
    Erie, PA


  • Museo Interactivo de Economia (Small Museum)
    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Small Museum)
    Portland, OR

Honorable Mention

  • Milwaukee Public Museum (Green Roof as Teaching Tool)
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Three Exhibits Using Sustainable Practices)
    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Phipps Conservatory SEED Classroom (Built to Spark Scientific Engagement)
    Pittsburgh, PA