the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) and the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature received prestigious awards for sustainability from the California Association of Museums and the California Natural Resources Agency. The Natural Resources Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Sustainability recognize the outstanding achievements in sustainability for California museum projects in two areas: public education, or internal operations projects. SBMM received the Secretary’s Public Education Award for Sustainability, and the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature won the award for Operational Sustainability.
The museum’s received their awards for the following efforts:
- Programmatic Recognition: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum – Maritime on the Move (MotM) is an outdoor experiential program where students explore local habitats with trained naturalists. The focused curriculum includes the Santa Barbara Channel, human interaction with the ocean, environmental conservation, and biodiversity while highlighting what students can do to actively impact the sustainability of our planet.
- Operational Recognition: Wildling Museum of Art and Nature ‒ The Greening of a Small Museum. The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is a Green Certified Business and has incorporated as many sustainable features as affordable. The solar installation on the roof of the museum is the most recent sustainable accomplishment