The Museums of the City of Linz – the Lentos Kunstmuseum, the Nordico Stadtmuseum, and the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz, a cooperative venture with the Kunstuniversität Linz – are among the cultural driving forces of the city. In pursuit of their mission as venues for encounters and dialogue, they are dedicated in particular to the presentation of Linz as a city of contemporary art, media art, and the open access to the arts and culture. In addition to the organisation of exhibitions, their focus includes taking care of their holdings and expanding them and conducting research on them, outreach activities, the publication of catalogues featuring their collections and exhibitions, and lively loan activities involving national and international partners. Other important fields of activity include the operation of museum shops and renting out venues for various types of events.
Over and above the promotion of the city’s cultural development, the museums of the City of Linz accept that it is part of their task to follow the guidelines of sustainable development and to provide a social model in that respect.
Under this aspect, the museum is a significant player in society, serving – admittedly ideally –the functions of
- a repository of the cultural heritage,
- an educational venue outside the school and university system,
- an exponent and initiator of regional culture,
- a partner and promotor of artists,
- a venue marked by a non-discriminatory, inclusive approach,
- a responsible and attractive employer,
- a significant location factor and economic stimulus,
- a model operation in matters concerning the climate , and
- a business operating on the guidelines of sustainability, providing a model for society.
Questions of an ecologically responsible, sustainable lifestlye are a key concern for many contemporary artists and are therefore addressed both in individual works and in themed exhibitions, forming an integral part of the museum programme.
In addition, measures have been adopted over the past few years to adapt our operations not only to the climate goals, but also to our self-defined expectations. They include
- redesigning and greening the Nordico forecourt,
- consistent reuse of materials in exhibition design,
- upgrading exhibition lighting at the Nordico to LED, and
- the certification of the museum according to the Österreichisches Umweltzeichen.
We are committed to pursuing the path we have chosen in future. Not all ideas and ideals can be realized overnight., which makes it all the more important to dig in and to realize improvements step by step.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
A world that offers a dignified, prosperous and fulfilling life to all. A world that uses our planet gently by keeping consumption responsible and growth sustainable, thus making life worth living. A world without poverty, hunger, injustice, inequality.
This is the vision of Agenda 2030, which the United Nations are seeking to realize. To this end, the UN has formulated seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Together, they constitute an agenda for the sustainable transformation of our society at social and ecological levels. The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious appeal to each and everyone of us, both as individuals and as institutions, to make a contribution to the sustainable development of our planet and to ensuring the future of life on earth.
The museums of the City of Linz fully subscribe to this urgent call for action and are stepping up to make a contribution. Their special focus will be on
- inclusive and equitable quality education (SDG 4),
- gender equality (SGD 5),
- the provision of sustainable energy (SDG 7), and
- the combat of climate change (SDG 13).
While the first two of the topics mentioned above have shaped our museum activities for many years and have come to be taken for granted in our everyday practice, the last two SDGs hold significant development potential for the future. Many isolated measures have been realized already, which has resulted in an extensive sensitization for the topics concerned. However, a great deal still remains to be done, especially in the energy sector, parts of which require significant investment.
Based on a comprehensive analysis of museum work, our activities will be informed by the following guidelines:
Management & Communication
- Defining sustainability as a business goal and issuing an invitation for internal and external dialogue,
- raising awareness of staff members and visitors,
- setting an example of equality,
- consistent monitoring of all kinds of consumption (energy, waste, etc.),
- energy & climate protection,
- installation of energy-saving lighting both inside and outside,
- implementation of energy-saving measures to minimize consumption,
- energy from renewable sources, and
Water, waste, cleaning, air & noise
- cutting down on water consumption,
- reducing waste and installing waste separation
- using eco-friendly detergents and cutting down on chemicals
- encouraging the use of public transport
- improving storage facilities for bicycles
- ensuring barrier-free access
Maintenance of the collections, exhibitions & outreach activities
- cutting out noxious materials in restoration und in exhibition architecture
- reusing materials and elements of exhibition architecture
- reducing the use of packaging materials and single-use foils
- evaluating transport and courier trips
- continuous integration of topics of sustainabilty into the exhibition and outreach activities programme
Shop & Catering
- encouraging the use of regionally grown produce and of organic and fair-trade ingredients
- avoidance as far as possible of disposable and portion packaging
Staff and Office Operations
- encouraging the use of public transport for the way to and from work
- encouraging the use of public transport for business trips
- reducing printouts and boosting digitization
Your contribution to a sustainable museum
Sustainability concerns us all! We’d be delighted if you
- come to the Museum by public transport,
- make use of our comprehensive offers of art and culture outreach programmes,
- purchase regional and sustainable items in our museum shops, and
- choose regional organic products in our catering establishments.
We are equally looking forward to your feedback or your questions email@example.com.
The Team of the Museums of the City of Linz