Silver status is awarded to venues who have taken steps to achieve a wide range of eco-focussed actions and can demonstrate an eco-friendly service approach in five key areas: Energy & Water Conservation, Waste Management & Recycling, Rooms & Facilities, Food & Beverage and Corporate & Social Responsibility.
The museum is committed to continually improving its environmental performance and is providing greener ways to do business and host events. It has installed a building management system that automatically optimises the heating and air conditioning, all its lights are LED, it has Solar PV array panels on the Collections Centre roof which supplies the power to this low energy usage building.
The centre has achieved Zero Waste to Landfill and endeavours to source all consumable products from local quality suppliers. It has also invested in 10 electric charging points for visitors and event organisers to use, with the infrastructure to support more.
2019 saw a drive to eliminate 80 percent of its single use plastic, replacing plastic bottled water in their Café for cans of water, reduced their plastic usage by 1.21 tons (46, 644 bottles) in the first 12 months, whilst its own bottling plant provides still and sparkling filtered water in recyclable glass bottles for conference delegates.