The journey to the Green Museum
In addition to the content orientation, the concepts of sustainability and environmental protection are also given high priority in operations and everyday work: Processes have been and are being examined and optimised in terms of environmental compatibility and ecological action both in the museum and in the administration. On September 13, 2018, KUNST HAUS WIEN was certified with the Austrian Eco-Label. This is the first time that a museum has been awarded the certification, which has so far been established primarily in the event, tourism and education sectors and with which companies and institutions have committed themselves to environmental protection and quality.
Based on Friedensreich Hundertwasser's ideas on ecological action, respectful treatment of nature and socio-political responsibility, Director Bettina Leidl took it upon herself to design visible and invisible processes according to these standards. The idea to bring the Austrian eco-label "home" was born - in 1990 Hundertwasser designed this certification as a guarantee for ecological product procurement and service.
On the initiative of KUNST HAUS WIEN and in close cooperation with ICOM Austria, the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism was able to develop a catalogue of criteria for the certification of museums and exhibition houses with the Austrian eco-label within three years. The implementation of the measures at KUNST HAUS WIEN proves that the topic of sustainability has now arrived in the cultural sector in a very concrete way.
"The award of the Austrian Eco-Label is of great value for our museum: it shows that we as a cultural institution are also aware of our ecological responsibility internally and at the same time strengthens our content orientation at the interface of ecology, sustainability and art". - Bettina Leidl, Director KUNST HAUS WIEN.