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

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta, Georgia

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Clermont, Kentucky

Boston Children’s Museum

Boston, Massachusetts

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

St. Michaels, Maryland

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Boothbay, Maine

Cornell Botanic Gardens

Ithaca, New York

Florida Aquarium

Tampa, FL

Ganna Walska Lotusland

Santa Barbara, California

Historic New England

New England

Holden Forests and Gardens

Kirtland, Ohio

Horniman Museum and Gardens

London, United Kingdom

Houston Botanic Garden

Houston, Texas

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville, Alabama

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

Québec, Canada

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Austin, Texas

Madison Square Park Conservancy

Manhattan, New York

Morton Arboretum

Lisle, Illinois

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mt. Cuba Center

Hockessin, Delaware

Museum of Discovery and Science

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, New York

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk, Virginia
North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Northeastern University Arboretum

Boston, Massachusetts

Oakland Zoo and Conservation Society of California

Oakland, California

Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum

Oxford, United Kingdom

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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 World

Vancouver, British Columbia

Smithsonian Gardens

Washington, D.C.

University of Washington Botanic Gardens

Seattle, Washington