The Climate Toolkit

Buildings and Energy

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.

Click to read more about each goal and explore further resources. If you need more support, please email the Climate Toolkit at

Fossil Fuels, Explained
Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Electricity Generation

Energy goals of the Climate Toolkit:

Meet the Paris Climate Agreement targets for CO2 reduction OR reduce fossil fuel use by 25%.

The Paris Agreement is a global agreement to addresses climate change with a long-term goal of keeping the global average temperature to at least 2°C (3.6°F) below pre-industrial levels. In alignment with the Paris Agreement, the Climate Toolkit recommends that institutions set realistic goals to reduce fossil fuel usage and its associated emissions and make plans to accomplish those goals. This is a critical step to address climate change and diminish our carbon footprint. Click here to read more about the Paris Climate Agreement.


Institutions Pursuing Buildings and Energy Goals:

Asheville Art Museum

Asheville, North Carolina

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta, Georgia

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Vail, Colorado

Bok Tower Gardens

Lake Wales, Florida

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

Santa Rosa, California

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens

Fort Davis, Texas

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Seattle, Washington

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati, Ohio

City of Greeley Museums

Greeley, Colorado

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland, Ohio

Discovery Museum

Acton, Massachusetts

Duke Farms

Hillsborough Township, New Jersey

Dyer Arts Center / National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Fingerlakes, New York

Ganna Walska Lotusland

Santa Barbara, California

Heritage Museums & Gardens

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden

Washington, D.C.

Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Amherst, Massachusetts

Hoyt Arboretum Friends

Portland, Oregon

Inala Jurassic Garden

Tasmania, Australia

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Austin, Texas

Longue Vue House & Gardens

New Orleans, Louisiana

Madison Children’s Museum

Madison, Wisconsin

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota, Florida

Meeteetse Museum District

Mountain Plains, Wyoming

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California

Montréal Botanical Gardens / Montréal Space for Life

Québec, Canada

Morris Arboretum

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mt. Cuba Center

Hockessin, Delaware

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Los Angeles, California

National Nordic Museum

Seattle, Washington

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi

New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, New York

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk, Virginia

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Racing Magpie Arts Center

Rapid City, South Dakota

Reid Park Zoo

Tucson, Arizona

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Edinburgh, UK

San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego, California

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Science Museum of Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma, Washington

The Florida Aquarium

Tampa, FL

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, Illinois

The Natural History Museum

Vashon, Washington

Toronto Zoo

Toronto, Ontario

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Summit, New Jersey