Could you be the Sustainable Project of the Year 2022?

Outside the Jubilee Pool in Penzance
Sustainability award 2021 winner: Penzance Jubilee Pool
The National Heritage Lottery Fund is sponsoring the sustainability category at the Museums + Heritage Awards for a third year running – entries are now open for 2022.

The award celebrates environmental sustainability in museums, heritage and cultural organisations  across the UK.

Urgent action needs to be taken for our environment. This category was developed in response to the climate and ecological emergency that we all face.

“As COP26 focuses the world on our planet’s climate and ecological emergencies, now is a vital time to consider how we can all make a difference through our own lives, work and actions.”

Drew Bennellick, Head of Land and Nature Policy at The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Commitment to sustainability

The heritage sector plays an important role in helping to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change. We’re looking for outstanding environmentally sustainable projects or exhibitions that help achieve this.  

For the first time in 2022 there will be two winners:

  1. One which has used simple, affordable and easily transferable approaches.
    Like our 2020 winner, Museum of Oxford. The temporary exhibition Queering Spires: a history of LGBTIQA+ spaces in Oxford was recognised for its sustainable approach to sourcing local art pieces and materials.
  2. One which has delivered an environmentally sustainable capital project.
    Like our 2021 winner, Penzance Jubilee Pool. This trailblazing lido significantly reduced its environmental impact by creating the UK’s first geothermally heated pool.

Watch the moment Ros Kerslake CBE announced Jubilee Pool as the winner during the virtual ceremony. 

Drew Bennellick, Head of Land and Nature Policy at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “As COP26 focuses the world on our planet’s climate and ecological emergencies, now is a vital time to consider how we can all make a difference through our own lives, work and actions. 

“Our previous winners have set the bar high with their commitment and innovative approaches towards sustainability and we look forward to celebrating even more examples this year.” 

Museum + Heritage Awards

Pink awards show graphics

The Museums + Heritage annual awards have become the benchmark for excellence in the sector.

Anna Preedy, Director of the Museums + Heritage Awards, said: “These awards recognise the amazing achievements, creativity, innovation, hard work and utter commitment evident throughout the museums and heritage sector, with the winners and those shortlisted representing the very best of the best. We hope that the new categories announced this year will inspire projects of all sizes to put themselves forward to be considered.”

How to enter

We’re looking for entries that can demonstrate best practice in how they managed their environmental impacts during 2021. For example, this could include:

  • energy efficiency measures
  • recycling and reuse
  • sustainable procurement
  • supporting green visitor travel

Entries should also identify any wider economic, social or environmental benefits to the organisation or community which have arisen from ‘thinking sustainably’.

Capital projects in particular might wish to demonstrate how they deliver against relevant UN Sustainability Goals.

This award is free to enter and open until 1 February 2022, the winner will be announced 11 May 2022. Find out more and how to apply on the Museums + Heritage Awards website.

Make your project sustainable

People at the Harvesting our Heritage project talking about plants
The Harvesting our Heritage project brought people together to share and record their knowledge of plants.

We require every project we support to strive to improve environmental sustainability and create positive benefits for nature. 

Take a look at what we expect from our projects and get inspired:

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