Sustainability and the Environment
The gallery is committed to minimising its carbon footprint and has successfully implemented the first two phases of its sustainability plan.
In 2011, Council installed 162 photovoltaic cells and a voltage reduction unit at the gallery, representing 20% less energy use over the past six months. This not only considers the environment, but also the gallery’s budget.
In July 2015 the gallery installed a state-of-the-art LED lighting system. The system is designed to save energy and to meet new legislation prohibiting the manufacture and importation of the inefficient incandescent light bulbs currently used in many specialist gallery light fittings. This should represent a further 8% saving in overall energy usage. The lighting upgrade, managed by Rob Cleworth (pictured right installing the new units), was awarded a 2015 IMAGinE Award for Sustainability by M&G NSW.
The gallery is also researching energy-effective air-conditioning systems and levels, which will again lower energy consumption while maintaining industry standards.
Other strategies are ongoing, including the exclusive use of environmentally friendly harvested, manufactured and/or recycled papers for publications. This has not affected the quality of our publications: on the contrary, we still attract national publication design awards annually.
We are proud to be contributing in a meaningful way to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting future generations through sustainable and ethical practices.