The ideas for actions and resources here were generated from the Summer 2020 Survey Results, the July 2020 convening, and were discussed, revised and added to during the Fall 2020 Roundtables.

This list is in formation and these notes are still a draft. 


These are crowdsourced ideas from our community and are an evolving list. If you'd like to add additional ideas for actions or resources, email us at galleriescommit@gmail.com. 

Individuals who have signed the commitment can access a recording of the roundtable here


Expectations and Advance Planning:

• Eliminate last minute and rushed exhibitions, shipments, & crating
• Plan ahead for everything that will be needed in advance to avoid last minute rush orders
• Plan for exhibition take down, designate specific end destination for all material used
• Allow time for ocean or other forms of low carbon shipping

• Calculate and consider the carbon footprint of the exhibition and find ways to minimize

• Shift our definition of "high end" from being as FAST as possible to being as CONSCIOUS as possible

Thoughtful packing and material use:

• Eliminate waste, actively re-using or recycling all materials
• Pack with the intention of re-using
• Invest in re-usable and green crates and packaging

• Use reusable minimal slat crates instead of cardboard boxes
• Reduce weight of crates
• Use eco-friendly, bio-degradable, archival packing material
• Ban single use-plastics
• Always add courtesy tabs
• Use tape brands that are easiest to remove/save packaging
• Do not use tape, only twine
• Buy materials only from local businesses with ethical practices

• Establish and codify gallery packing procurement policies to eliminate environmentally intensive products

• Determine life cycle impact of commonly used materials like cardboard vs. alternatives to rank products to prioritize

Collaborating on shared systems:

• Share re-usable material between galleries
•Create or identify a company, resource, email list, or website facilitating re-use of packing materials and
crates, plus install material, pedestals, tech etc.
• Share a list of vendors with sustainable practices
• Shuttle share for local domestic shipping
• Share a local short term storage spot in each neighborhood for photography, viewings, or other short term needs
• Connect on bulk shipments to art fairs

Reducing Impact of Shipments:

• Offsetting carbon footprint of shipments
• Showing an “Eco-Shipping” option on all quotes that clients can easily choose

• Not just offsetting, but also showing the carbon emissions of each shipment and showing an alternative, less carbon intensive option to choose from

• Opt for ocean freight over air freight

Influencing Global Change:

• Dedicating 1% of shipping costs to climate fund
• Insisting museums or clients contribute to a carbon fund for each shipment
• Lobbying shipping companies investing only in Hybrid Trucks when replacing trucks
• Lobbying for high speed rail system in US

• Supporting or participating in the development of new materials and technologies



Exhibition Planning & Standards:

Matter Matters Exhibition Rider - Artist created, adaptable exhibition rider that artists, galleries, or museums can attach to exhibitions they participate in instructing overall terms to ensure the exhibition as a whole is climate-conscious (and more!).

Bizot Green Protocol - A set of protocols adopted in 2015 that approach long-term collections care in a way that does not require excessive use of energy, whilst recognizing their duty of care to collections, primarily aimed at museums.


Harold Ancart / David Zwirner Emissions Report - For this exhibition, Harold Ancart and David Zwirner sought to calculate the carbon emissions associated with the creation, transport, and display of the pieces in this show to analyze its impact on the environment. To perform this carbon calculation, every aspect of the artist’s process was analyzed, from the painting canvas to employee commutes. The scope of this study begins at the start of production of the artwork in January 2020 and continues through the end of the exhibition at David Zwirner on October 17th 2020. This analysis includes transportation of staff or artwork, the energy used by the buildings occupied during the process, and the embodied carbon – the emissions associated with making products – of all materials that went into the production, transportation, and display of the artwork.


Atelier Ten - Environmental design consultants, finding ways for buildings to tread more lightly on the planet that did the Ancart/Zwirner exhibition report. 

Packing & Materials:

Green Crates - NYC based crating and shipping company that stores and re-uses crates. 

Rok-Box - crate specifically designed to reduce the environmental impact, risk and cost of shipping high value art.

TurtleBox - A safe, innovative & sustainable museum crate available worldwide with an expected lifespan of at least 20 years, providing efficient rental capacity and an effective way for museums to reduce their ecological footprint. 

Eco-Enclose - "Your Source For Eco-Friendly Packaging and Shipping Supplies"


• Co/Fo - Common Folk CO/FO is a one stop resource for businesses to be better for the planet. Our purpose is to make it easy for businesses to shift to more sustainable practices within their industries, taking a step by step approach to positive change. We have created partnerships with leaders in bioplastics, renewable energy and environmental protection to offer expert solutions to our community. Has resources for Compostable Packing Materials. 

Terracycle - is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials. 


• Art to Zero Climate Action Policies (forthcoming)

Shared Systems:

Barder (forthcoming) - Barder is a resource sharing tool developed for the NYC gallery and art sector where you can:  1)Post items you would like to sell, trade, lend, or simply give away. 2) Source items you need for less. 3) Recover valuable space. 4) End the wasteful, one-off life cycle of materials and invest in a circular economy.

Reducing Impact of Shipments:

• Dietl Offset Program - Dietl International is now able to provide affordable carbon credit options to offset the impact of your shipments as part of our effort to protect the environment.  Learn more. 


• Dietl Panel: Green Solutions: How Carbon Credits Work and Their Integration into Art Shipping  

• Art to Acres Calculator (forthcoming)

• Gallery Climate Coalition Calculator (forthcoming) - website

EPA Calculator - Calculator resource for calculating standard business and household emissions

Berkeley Calculator - Calculator resource for calculating standard business and household emissions

• Gold Standard - Resource for identifying vetted offset projects. 

• Land conservation programs (including Art to Acres)

Influencing Global Change


• Arta/Stripe - Collaboration that is investing in businesses and technologies that need resources to propel change

• We have to go beyond offsetting impact and move into reducing impact.

• We need the buy in and support, both financially and culturally, of gallery owners, directors, clients, and other positions at the decision-making level of power to set climate policy standards and expectations.  

• We need to bridge the gap between prep and directors sharing these priorities. 


• We need to shift the culture of money prioritizing speed and immediacy over material waste and consciousness.  

• Dialogue, collaboration, and mutual support on advancing change is critical. 

• The gallery sector has an opportunity to be a leader in influencing global change. How do we step into that?