The Cincinnati Art Museum is an institution committed to excellence. With our promise to bring vibrancy to the city of Cincinnati, we have a vision for overall wellness of the community in mind. Cincinnati Art Museum is committed to the social and environmental wellness of future generations through policies encouraging environmental sustainability, diversity, and inclusion.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of 42 members of the Cincinnati 2030 District, a membership organization facilitated by Green Umbrella, the region’s leading sustainability alliance. The District’s mission is to create a network of healthy, high-performing buildings in the city of Cincinnati. Members make a collective commitment to greatly reduce their buildings’ energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by the year 2030.
The Cincinnati Art Museum received the 513 Green Workplace Certification in August 2021. Hamilton County businesses and institutions receive certification by fulfilling requirements across sustainability initiatives including waste diversion and energy and water conservation.
As an addition to our newly constructed parking lot and arrival court, we now have level 2 electric vehicle charging stations that allow us to accommodate up to 8 vehicles at once. This service is maintained in partnership with Electrada, a start-up company based in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is consistently updating our unique facility to make our functional building more sustainable. In August 2021 we were named a Helen Frankenthaler Climate Initiative grant awardee. This grant will support energy efficient upgrades to the climate control systems that help conserve the collection. This is an important step to reduce emissions and become a greener museum.
The Cincinnati Art Museum has replaced fluorescent bulbs throughout our facilities with more sustainable LED bulbs. This mass replacement is projected to save approximately 1,045,944 kilowatt hours and reduce emissions by 1,610,754 lbs annually, allowing us to shrink our carbon footprint and utilize more resources in caring for our collections.
In partnership with the Queen City Pollinator Project, the Cincinnati Art Museum is now home to two beehives and a pollinator garden! These creatures are doing a great job of promoting ecosystem support throughout the community, supporting the museum’s community wellness mission.
Through our partnership with Hamilton County Solid Waste and Recycling, we have enhanced our recycling program throughout our facilities. Clearly labeled recycling bins are located in the Main Lobby, Great Hall, Courtyard and DeWitt Entrance, as well as in our administrative wing.