Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments - Series II (2012-2013)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Education & Training grant program awarded IPI a grant for $168,000 for Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series II. Funding allows IPI to continue its very successful program of workshops and webinars for collection care, preservation, and facility management staff in cultural institutions. The series is designed to meet the ongoing need for information on current research and practice in environmental management and sustainable practice. The response to the original series, also funded by NEH, was remarkable, indicating a widespread interest in this topic. This second series meets the continuing demand for this information by building on the success of the first series and expanding outreach to more institutions across the country.

Series II provides instruction and guidance to the field through four regional workshops and nine webinars—all free of charge. These activities will take place between July 2012 and September 2013. The full schedule is available on the project website,

Workshops focus on achieving and maintaining an optimal and sustainable preservation environment—one that provides the best possible environment for long-term preservation with the least consumption of energy. Participantsreceive IPI's Sustainable Preservation Practices guidebook that provides an easy reference to the topics covered during the workshop along with useful references and web links, HVAC System documentation instructions, and suggestions for grant funding. This publication is also for sale through IPI’s online store.

Webinars follow a structured curriculum so that each presentation can stand alone as a reference on a particular topic. These presentations focus on broad environmental challenges such as summer heat and humidity and winter dryness, along with suggestions on how to deal with them. Webinars will be archived and available on the project website.

Our goal is to provide useful tools and information that will allow participants to make informed decisions and to initiate a successful collaboration between collections care and facilities management staff.