Fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and petroleum produced 80% of the energy used in 2020. Producing all of that energy released toxic air molecules, destroyed natural wildlife, and polluted waterways, forests and communities. In 2020 the United States released and emitted 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. While there’s no denying that enormous amounts of energy are necessary to operate botanical gardens, museums and zoos, there are environmentally conscious options and opportunities to reduce our energy footprints that organizations should consider.

One such opportunity is for organizations to purchase or generate 100% renewable energy. The Climate Toolkit created goals to support and assist organizations as they address energy emissions within their own operations.

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Listed below are the Energy goals of the Climate Toolkit:

Institutions Pursuing Energy Goals:

Anchorage Museum

Alaska and the Circumpolar North

Asheville Art Museum Association Inc

Southeastern USA

Bok Tower Gardens


California Indian Museum and Cultural Center


Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh


Cornell Botanic Gardens

New York Finger Lakes

Discovery Museum

New England

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden

Washington, DC

Jardin botanique de Montréal, Espace pour la vie/ Montréal Botanical Gardens, Montréal Space for Life


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Central Texas

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens


Monterey Bay Aquarium


Morris Arboretum

Greater Philadelphia - Mid Atlantic

Morton Arboretum

Midwest USA and Global

Mt. Cuba Center


National Nordic Museum

Pacific Northwest

New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, New York City

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Coastal Virginia, North Carolina
North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Western Pennsylvania

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Scotland, UK

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

California Central Coast

Santa Fe Botanical Garden


Science Museum of Minnesota


Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Northern NJ