Eco Policy

Mission Statement

The Hunter Museum of Art recognizes that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and strive for continuous improvement of our environmental performance and practices as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points. We will encourage visitors, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.
Responsibility

A “Green Team” led by the Operations Assistant Manager, and staff members representing each department are responsible for ensuring that the environmental policy is implemented. However, all employees have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of the policy are met.

Policy Aims

We endeavor to:

  •  Comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
  •  Improve and monitor environmental performance.
  •  Improve and reduce environmental impacts.
  •  Incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
  •  Increase employee awareness and training.

Paper

  •  We will minimize the use of paper in the office.
  •  We will reduce packaging as much as possible.
  •  We will seek to buy recycled and recyclable paper products where possible.
  •  We will reuse and recycle all paper where possible.

Energy and Water

  •  We will seek to reduce the amount of energy used as much as possible.
  •  Lights and electrical equipment will be switched off when not in use.
  •  Heating will be adjusted with energy consumption in mind.
  •  The energy consumption and efficiency of new products will be taken into account when purchasing.

Office Supplies

  •  We will evaluate if the need can be met in another way.
  •  We will evaluate if renting/sharing is an option before purchasing equipment.
  •  We will evaluate the environmental impact of any new or used products and equipment we intend to purchase.
  •  We will favor more environmentally friendly and efficient products wherever possible.
  •  We will reuse and recycle everything we are able to.

Transportation

  •  We will reduce the need to travel, restricting to necessity trips only.
  •  We will promote the use of travel alternatives such as e-mail or video/phone conferencing.
  •  We will make additional efforts to accommodate the needs of those using public transport or bicycles.
  •  We will favor 'green' vehicles and maintain our vehicles rigorously to ensure ongoing efficiency.

Maintenance and Cleaning

  •  Cleaning materials used will be as environmentally friendly as possible.
  •  Materials used in office refurbishment will be as environmentally friendly as possible.
  •  We will only use licensed and appropriate organizations to dispose of waste.
  •  We will comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
  •  We will continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
  •  We will continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
  •  We will incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
  •  We will increase employee awareness through training.
  •  We will review this policy and any related business issues annually.

Culture

  •  We will involve staff in the implementation of this policy, for greater commitment and improved performance.
  •  We will update this policy at least once annually in consultation with staff and other stakeholders where necessary.
  •  We will provide staff with relevant environmental training.
  •  We will work with suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors to improve their environmental performance.
  •  We will use local labor and materials where available to reduce CO2 and help the community.

Appendix A: Purchasing Policy

The Hunter Museum of American Art is making environmentally friendly business decisions based on cost and on the impact they will have on both visitors and employees.
This document is to provide the standards that illustrate how to comply with the Environmental Stewardship Policy at The Hunter Museum of American Art.

Sustainable Purchasing of Ongoing Consumables

These products may include, but are not limited to the following: printing and copying paper, notebooks, envelopes, business cards, sticky notes, paper clips, toner cartridges, and batteries. The Hunter Museum of Art goal is that at least 60% of the goods purchased will comply with one or more of the following criteria:

  •  Contains at least 10% post-consumer and/or 20% post-industrial material
  •  Contains at least 50% rapidly renewable material (e.g., bamboo, cotton, cork, wool)
  •  Contains at least 50% materials harvested and extracted and processed within 500 miles of the facility
  •  Consists of at least 50% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper products

The Hunter Museum of Art acknowledges the value of purchasing sustainable products and requires that vendor(s) support that effort when appropriate and/or possible. The Hunter Museum of American Art requests that vendor(s) notify them of recycled content and reduced packaging options or alternative products that would comply with the above specifications. Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed as requiring Hunter Museum of American Art to procure products that do not perform adequately for their intended use, exclude adequate competition, or are not available at a reasonable price in a reasonable period of time.

Sustainable Purchasing of Durable Goods

The term “durable goods” refers to higher-cost-per-unit materials that are replaced infrequently and/or may require capital outlays to purchase. These products may include, but are not limited to: office equipment (such as computers, monitors, printers, copiers, and fax machines), appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers, and water coolers), external power adaptors, televisions, and furniture. The purchasing criteria for these products fall into the following two categories.

Electronics and Appliances
The goal at Hunter Museum of American Art is that all goods purchased will comply with one or more of the following criteria, when available:

  •  Energy Star labeled products
  •  Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tools (EPEAT) rated products
  •  The equipment replaces conventional gas-powered equipment, i.e. maintenance equipment and vehicles.

Furniture

The goal at the Hunter Museum of American Art is that at least 40% of the cost of goods purchased will comply with one or more of the following criteria:

  •  Contains at least 10% post-consumer and/or 20% post-industrial material
  •  Contains at least 70% salvaged material from off-site or outside the organization
  •  Contains at least 70% salvaged material from on-site through an internal materials and equipment reuse program
  •  Contains at least 50% rapidly renewable material (bamboo, cotton, cork, wool)
  •  Contains at least 50% materials harvested, extracted and processed within 500 miles of the facility/site
  •  Consists of at least 50% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood

The Hunter Museum of American Art acknowledges the value of purchasing sustainable products and requires that vendor(s) support that effort when appropriate and/or possible. The Hunter Museum of American Art requests that vendor(s) notify them of Energy Star and sustainable furniture opportunities that would comply with the above specifications, as well as reduced packaging options.

Sustainable Purchasing of Efficient Lighting

The Hunter Museum of American Art seeks to reduce the energy consumed in lamps for the buildings and associated grounds. The goal at the Hunter Museum of American Art is that at least 25% of the number of lamps purchased will meet one or more of the following:

  •  Fluorescent bulbs are a low-mercury type having no more than 90 picograms of mercury per lumen-hour
  •  Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs will be replaced by LED where possible
  •  LED bulbs purchases will meet energy star standards

The Hunter Museum of American Art requests that vendor(s) notify them of specific lamps and other opportunities that would comply with the above specifications, as well as reduce packaging options.