Hampshire Cultural Trust believes that culture can play a key role in tackling one of the biggest issues facing our planet: climate change.

The trust is taking steps to increase education and awareness of climate change for our staff, volunteers and visitors, as well as actively seeking ways to protect the environment across the trust, both at our venues and on an individual level.

Environmental Policy

Our environmental policy supports the scientific community’s assessment that urgent climate action is needed. Hampshire Cultural Trust actively supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) agenda to set the world on a path to a sustainable future by 2030. 

We are committed to protecting the environment and aim continually to improve the environmental performance of our activities. We want to promote climate action by engaging our stakeholders, staff, volunteers, visitors, audiences and communities.  

Hampshire Cultural Trust is committed to achieving net zero by 2030. Meeting this target will be challenging and will rely in part on collaborative action with our local authority partners, but we will work hard towards achieving it. We are also committed to maximising engagement opportunities to promote climate action. 

In order to achieve these aims, we will:

•             Position sustainability as an integral part of our mission and purpose 

•             Reduce our energy, our emissions, our waste and our water consumption 

•             Measure and report on our carbon impacts 

•             Preserve and promote biodiversity in our outdoor spaces 

•             Encourage and adopt sustainable travel options 

•             Embed sustainable procurement in our purchasing policy 

•             Establish a programming commitment to engage our visitors and audiences in climate action

•             Celebrate environmental successes and achieve environmental management certification 

•             Engage with our sector, stakeholders, staff and volunteers for climate advocacy

Our policy is endorsed at board level, is reviewed annually to confirm its ongoing suitability for our environmental commitments and forms part of our ongoing work to ensure we are in line with best practice.

Carbon Literate Organisation Accreditation

In June 2022, Hampshire Cultural Trust was given bronze accreditation from the Carbon Literacy Project and became the first museum organisation in the south to achieve Carbon Literate Organisation status. 

A Carbon Literate Organisation (CLO) is recognised by The Carbon Literacy Project as having a substantial commitment to Carbon Literacy. A CLO accreditation supports the development, recruitment and retention of a Carbon Literate workforce and requires an organisation to engage positively with its audience and community in developing and delivering low carbon behaviour. 

Results from other CLOs suggest that a CLO will typically experience a decrease in energy and resource consumption, improved organisational profile, healthier and happier staff, a healthier working environment, a safer supply chain, lower variable costs, enhanced competitiveness and reduced commercial risk. CLO accreditation also demonstrates an organisation’s corporate social responsibility in the clearest possible way. 

Carbon Literacy training provides staff with an understanding of the basic science of climate change and how it is affecting us both globally and locally. It gives staff an understanding of how climate change can affect museums and the impact that museums can have on tackling it, as well as ensuring that staff have the knowledge and skills to develop their own responses to lowering both their own and the carbon footprint of others.

Hampshire Cultural Trust is continuing its Carbon Literacy path towards the next accreditation, silver, which requires a significant percentage of the workforce to be Carbon Literate.

Solar Panels

Over a five-month period, starting in September 2021, 654 photovoltaic solar panels were installed at four of our sites: Milestones Museum of Living History, Forest Arts Centre, West End Centre and Chilcomb House. Funding for the project was secured by Hampshire County Council from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which offers 100% funded grants for public sector organisations to fund energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects in public buildings.

Our actions so far
  • Achieved Carbon Literate Organisation status
  • Installed 654 photovoltaic solar panels at four of our sites: Milestones Museum of Living History, Forest Arts Centre, West End Centre and Chilcomb House. This work was delivered in partnership with Hampshire County Council
  • Carried out energy audits at 13 of our sites 
  • Installed new windows to improve energy efficiency at Rockbourne Roman Villa and Chilcomb House
  • Introduced a cycle to work scheme for staff  
  • Conducted a biodiversity opportunity review to enable us to see where we have species at risk at our venues and pinpoint where we can make the biggest positive difference 
  • Worked to recognise and reduce the environmental impact of our programming activities
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