Sustainability at Fernbank Museum

Fernbank has been committed to green practices since its founding in the late 1930s to preserve Fernbank Forest as a school in the woods for nature studies. Devoted to the conservation of the 65-acre Piedmont forest and the education of those we serve, Fernbank Museum conducts ongoing stewardship of Fernbank Forest and in 2012 completed a new Forest Stewardship Plan. Fernbank has an extensive onsite recycling program, encompassing both office supplies and public consumables, and practices water conservation through the use of ultra-low flow toilets, automatic faucets and xeriscaping. Further, the Museum actively educates the public on ways they can practice sustainability through educational programs and exhibits and by fostering a greater appreciation for the environment.

Fernbank is delighted to announce that we have received a Grants to Green Assessment. Through this important program we hope to identify ways to operate more efficiently and further reduce our carbon footprint so that we can lead the way for institutional environmental sustainability in our community.

Launched in 2008, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are energy and water efficient and environmentally efficient and provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region. The founding partners of Grants to Green are The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta providing expertise in grantmaking, and Southface providing expertise in energy efficiency.