The Climate Toolkit

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 has 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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Institutions Pursuing Internal and External Engagement Goals:

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anchorage Museum

Anchorage, Alaska

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Tucson, Arizona

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta, Georgia

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Clermont, Kentucky

Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines, Iowa

Boston Children’s Museum

Boston, Massachusetts

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont

Charlottesville, Virginia

Botanical Garden Teplice / Botanická zahrada Teplice

Teplice, Czech Republic

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn, New York

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

Santa Rosa, California

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

St. Michaels, Maryland

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Boothbay, Maine

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Cornell Botanic Gardens

Ithaca, New York

Denver Zoo

Denver, Colorado

Ganna Walska Lotusland

Santa Barbara, California

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden

Washington, D.C.

Historic New England

Greater New England

Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Amherst, Massachusetts

Holden Forests and Gardens

Cleveland, Ohio

Horniman Museum and Gardens

London, United Kingdom

Houston Botanic Garden

Houston, Texas

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville, Alabama

Inala Jurassic Garden

Tasmania, Australia

Jardim Botânico Araribá

São Paulo, Brazil

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Austin, Texas

Leach Botanical Garden

Portland, Oregon

Longue Vue House & Gardens

New Orleans, Louisiana

Madison Square Park Conservancy

Manhattan, New York

Mass Audubon

Greater Massachusetts

Michigan Science Center

Detroit, Michigan

Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis, Missouri

Montgomery Parks

Montgomery County, Maryland

Montréal Botanical Gardens / Montréal Space for Life

Québec, Canada

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mt. Cuba Center

Hockessin, Delaware

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Los Angeles, California

Museum of Discovery and Science

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Museum of Northwest Art

La Conner, Washington

Museum of the Earth

Ithaca, New York

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, Connecticut

National Aquarium

Baltimore, Maryland

Natural History Museum of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, New York

New York Hall of Science

New York City, New York

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk, Virginia

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Northeastern University Arboretum

Boston, Massachusetts

Oakland Zoo and Conservation Society of California

Oakland, California

Ontario Science Centre

Toronto, Ontario

Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum

Oxford, United Kingdom

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

S.C.R.A.P. Gallery – The Art Museum for the Environment

Palm Springs, California

Sacramento History Museum

Sacramento, California

San Diego Botanic Garden

Encinitas, California

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Science Museum of Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Science Museum of Virginia

Greater Richmond Area, Virginia

Science World

Vancouver, British Columbia

Seacoast Science Center

Rye, New Hampshire

Smithsonian Gardens

Washington, D.C.

The Climate Museum

New York City, New York

The Florida Aquarium

Tampa, FL

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, Illinois

The WaterShed Education Center

Boise, Idaho

The Wild Center

Adirondack Park, New York

University of Washington Botanic Gardens

Seattle, Washington

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Wilson Museum

Castine, Maine