About the Climate Toolkit

Climate Toolkit members at the first quarterly webinar, December 2020

The Climate Toolkit is a collaborative opportunity for museums, gardens, and zoos who want to learn how to aggressively address climate change within their own organizations and inspire the communities they serve to follow their lead.

Currently, the Climate Toolkit embraces twenty-four goals for addressing climate change within the categories of energy, food service, transportation, plastics, landscapes and horticulture, investments, visitors, and research. The goals were determined through a collaborative process with input from members of the Directors of Large Gardens group. The goals will evolve based on member input over time; we encourage the submission of updates about any climate-related efforts – whether from the existing goals list or beyond – from all participants.

The Climate Toolkit’s goals are designed to align with both the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (as compared here) and the Project Drawdown Table of Solutions (as compared here).

Gardens, museums, and zoos who have already completed specific goals are encouraged to document their progress by identifying which goals they have completed and which goals they plan to complete in the future. Those who have already completed goals may take a leadership role in helping others by detailing their efforts in resource documents, interviews, and presentations.

All members of the Toolkit have access to the Toolkit blog, newsletters, and quarterly webinar series, all of which will feature stories of the important work that institutions are doing to address various Toolkit goals and provide useful resources.

To date, 19 organizations serving more than 32,000,000 annual visitors have joined the Climate Toolkit. We are encouraging every organization to join this effort – our organizations are uniquely positioned to address this important issue and we will increase our impact by working together.

The Climate Toolkit Principles: Share. Mentor. Learn.


Every Climate Toolkit participant is encouraged to SHARE their progress with completing their prospective plans to further address climate change.


Organizations who have already completed a goal are encouraged to be responsive to those in need of a MENTOR to help them to achieve similar goals.


Partners are encouraged to use The Climate Toolkit to LEARN additional ways they can address climate change from their peers, studies, and academic literature to amplify their impact and reduce their environmental impact.

The Technical Adivsory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee is a group of experts who assist the Climate Toolkit with brainstorming and creating practices, policies, technologies, and resources; reviewing content, webinars and articles; and sharing and growing our message.

Current Members

David Burke is the vice president of science and conservation at Holden Forests and Gardens. David is an expert in plant and soil ecology and believes that research is an important tool to elevate climate change.

Ron Dulceak is the head of facilities at the Morton Arboretum. Ron’s passion for addressing climate change is shown through his work at Morton as he works to reduce their transportation, waste, and water footprint.

Brian Greenfield is the head of engineering and sustainability at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Garden. Brian has experience developing and implementing sustainability plans and believes that failure is a great teacher to better understand sustainable systems.

Adam Haas is the interpretive program manager at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Adam’s role at Phipps has facilitated an interest in demonstrating and communicating climate change stewardship in ways that enhance human health and our ecosystems.

Emily Hestness is an education specialist in urban agriculture at U.S. Botanic Garden and an expert in visitors, research, and education. Emily has a background in science education and published her doctoral dissertation on climate change education.

Jeremy Joslin is the director of education at Morton Arboretum. Jeremy is an expert on horticulture, visitors, research, and science communication, and is interested in climate communication to a variety of audiences.

Michael Marr is the sustainability coordinator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where he is an expert in waste and landscapes, and horticulture. Michael has worked to create sustainable policies and helped implement throughout the institution.

Nico Vida is the facilities manager at Holden Forests and Gardens, where he researches implementing energy and cost-saving policies. Nico has vast experience in vehicle and building audits, infrastructure, investment, transportation, and developing policies to reduce further consumption.

We are currently still accepting applicants who are interested in joining the committee. If you are interested in joining the technical advisory committee, please fill out this survey.