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International Museum Day Showcases 10 U.S. LEED Museums

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May 18th marked International Museum Day! Since 1977, organizations around the world have celebrated and raised awareness about the importance of museums to the development of society on this day. Last year alone, more than 35,000 museums created events in over 145 countries.

The International Council of Museums explains, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual cooperation, understanding and peace among peoples.” This year’s theme, “Museums and Cultural Landscapes,” gives USGBC a great opportunity to the highlight some of the LEED-certified institutions that advocate for the development of learning and exploration from the inside out.

LEED buildings prioritize the Earth and the health and well-being of its people. If a museum’s intention is to accurately and creatively pay homage to developing cultures—be it life, art or science—then there is great value in constructing to LEED standards, which narrates a story of the planet’s capacities and limitations in an effort to build an enriching, cooperative and peaceful future. Follow the conversation on social media with #IMD2016.


National Museum of African American History and Culture

Washington, D.C.—LEED Gold, opening Sept. 2016

Photo courtesy Architect Magazine and Andy Feliciotti.


Boston Children’s Museum

Boston, Mass.—LEED Gold 2008

The Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia, Pa.—LEED Platinum

Photo courtesy of AIA.

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By Julia Pergolini, Social Media & Communications Specialist

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