Internal and External Engagement

In order to best address climate change within your workforce, it’s important to ensure that your staff members are motivated to integrate addressing climate change as a priority in their professional and personal lives. With the right combination of incentivization, communication and reinforcement, your team will coalesce around climate change as a priority, and this mindfulness have a positive effect on operations both large and small.

Your guests are often actively looking for ways to combat climate change in their life. In one study, 44 percent of people surveyed said they “believe their actions are too small to help stop climate change” and 32% said they “do not feel knowledgeable about their actions they can take.” Only 55% of participants in this study believe they are doing enough to fight climate change. Museums, zoos, and botanical gardens have the opportunity to extend the reach of their impact against climate change by educating visitors about what they can do to help the planet. Successfully engaging visitors about climate action is essential for sustainable change to combat climate change.

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Listed below are the Internal Engagement goals of the Climate Toolkit:
Listed below are the External Engagement goals of the Climate Toolkit:

Institutions Pursuing Internal and External Engagement Goals:

Anchorage Museum

Alaska and the Circumpolar North

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest


Cambridge University Botanic Garden

United Kingdom, Eastern Region

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Maryland, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Delaware)

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

New England

Cornell Botanic Gardens

New York Finger Lakes

Holden Forests and Gardens

Northern Ohio

Horniman Museum and Gardens

South East London, UK

Huntsville Botanical Garden


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


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Central Texas

Morton Arboretum

Midwest USA and Global

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mt. Cuba Center


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

Oakland Zoo and Conservation Society of California

East Bay Area and Greater Bay Area, CA

Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum

Oxfordshire, UK

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Western Pennsylvania

San Diego Botanic Garden

Southern California

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

California Central Coast

Santa Fe Botanical Garden


Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University


Science Museum of Minnesota


Smithsonian Gardens

Washington, DC Metro

University of Washington Botanic Gardens

Pacific Northwest