Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series II Workshops

IPI Sustainable Preservation Practices WorkshopSpace is still available in the two remaining Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series II workshops. Go to and click on the Workshop Registration tab to sign up for one of these venues:

  • Vizcaya Art Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida – October 16 – 17, 2012
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois – November 14 – 15, 2012

Presented by the Image Permanence Institute, with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this popular series is designed to enable collections care and facilities staff in cultural institutions to work together to achieve an optimal preservation environment—one that combines the best preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy, and is sustainable over time. These workshops are offered free-of-charge.


Who Should Attend?

  • Facilities administrators, HVAC technicians, curators, conservators, directors, librarians, archivists and collection managers
  • Collections and facilities staff should attend together to receive the training they need to manage storage environments for preservation and sustainability
  • Administrators and facilities staff should attend to learn how optimal practices can yield a 10% to 30% reduction in energy costs using existing equipment WITHOUT risk to long-term collection preservation
  • Collections care and preservation staff should attend to understand the actual effect of changes in temperature and relative humidity settings—including T & RH setbacks and system shutdowns


Each Two-day Workshop Includes:

  • The latest information and practices for sustainable management of the preservation environment
  • Instruction and guidance based on current research and field practice in leading US and European museums and libraries
  • Practical, understandable information on the basics of HVAC operation and suggestions for locating opportunities for more efficient operation
  • Suggestions designed to help participants develop a protocol for managing voluntary or mandated changes in temperature and relative humidity settings or shutdowns during unoccupied hours
  • Specific guidelines and methods for understanding and avoiding potential risks to collections while taking advantage of opportunities for energy cost reduction
  • Each participant will receive a copy of IPI’s Guide to Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments


Comments from last year’s series:

"The Georgia Archives was one of the host sites during the first series, and several participants told me personally that this was the best professional workshop they have ever attended."   

 --Christine Wiseman, Preservation Services Manager, Georgia Archives


“As a university committed to saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint, this workshop provided information that allowed us to implement energy savings strategies confident that we are still protecting our collections.”                                  --Roberta Pilette, Director, Preservation Department, Yale University Library


"Because we had conservation staff, facilities management staff, an HVAC Engineer and a controls person all here, we are well on the way to establishing collaborative teams across the university. Today we proposed an initial meeting to introduce our collections to our HVAC Engineer and explore ways to proactively "optimize" our storage environments."   

 --Julie Newton, Conservation Technician, Emory University Libraries


"IPI is the most innovative and leading organization addressing environmental needs for collections in the museum, library, and archival fields."               --Lawrence L. Reger, President, Heritage Preservation