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.
Based on Hundertwasser's forward-looking ideas on ecology and social policy, KUNST HAUS WIEN, Vienna's first "green" museum, is creating a new location for artists who, from today's point of view, critically and visionarily deal with topics such as sustainability, climate change, recycling, urbanism or intergenerational responsibility.
In addition to the focus on content, the concept of sustainability and environmental protection is also a major issue in operations and everyday work: Processes, both in the museum and in the administration, have been and are being examined and optimised with regard to environmental compatibility and ecological action. In this project, we are supported by certification as an Austrian Environmental Quality Label, which represents an important milestone in the continuous improvement of our environmental performance.
The sustainability concept of KUNST HAUS WIEN shows the most important measures with which the museum promotes ecological awareness and lives sustainable action. We are pleased when our visitors take part in our endeavours by means of tips and suggestions and carry them on.
SUSTAINABILITY CONCEPT KUNST HAUS WIEN
At KUNST HAUS WIEN, great importance is attached to the careful use of resources; repairs are the first choice. When purchasing new products, attention is paid to long service life, recycled raw materials, recyclability and environmental compatibility. Products with eco-labels (Austrian Eco-label, Blue Angel, EU Ecolabel etc.) are always preferred when purchasing.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TRAVEL
KUNST HAUS WIEN is very well connected to the public transport network: During our opening hours, public transport stops are only a short distance away on foot. Information on environmentally friendly travel can be found on the website, and our museum service staff can also inform our visitors on site and by telephone about the options available. The arrival by bike is supported by the provision of bicycle stands.
The accessibility of our exhibitions is a major concern for us: Barrier-free access to the museum is ensured via the ground-floor side entrance of KUNST HAUS WIEN (to the left of the main entrance). The wheelchair-accessible passenger elevator stops on all floors and thus enables barrier-free access to the exhibitions.
Barrier-free toilets are located on the ground floor, access to the shop and café on the ground floor is stepless. Accompanying persons of visitors and visitors with special needs have free admission, certified assistance dogs for the blind can be taken along.
Our employees are important to us and we attach great importance to equal treatment and diversity. It is possible for our employees to further their education, and regular training courses and events are also held on environmentally relevant topics.
By providing written guidelines and participating in workshops, the ecological awareness of our employees is continuously expanded.