What kind of world do we want to live in? This is a pressing question, especially in light of the climate crisis. As a public institution that is committed to social, ecological, and economic responsibility, sustainability is a concern for the Museum Ludwig at all operating levels, with the aim of better protecting people and nature now and in the future. The only way for our building, operations, and program to continue to remain viable is by adopting resource-friendly exhibition practices and educational outreach programs, with environmentally sound operational standards, motivated employees, and responsible partners.
We are aware that museums have a very high carbon footprint and actively contribute to the climate crisis due to the necessity of constant climatic conditions, optimal lighting, and art transports. The climate crisis is already showing its effects today: heat waves, heavy rainfall, and storms pose genuine threats to the museum and people. Since 2021 the Museum Ludwig’s Sustainability Team has been working to establish and follow a transparent strategy of sustainability with quantifiable ecological goals. With our partners, supporters, and visitors, we see ourselves as a community of learners who are pursuing the common goal of climate neutrality by 2035, at the latest, and keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to slow down the extinction of species and save resources.
Our continual green expansion of the rooftop terrace at the Museum Ludwig is a small, visible step toward achieving this goal — and it is an improvement, even without the growing threat of global warming. Now we hear insects, smell lavender and mint, and watch the fig tree as it grows. In addition, the plants retain rainwater, improving and cooling the air on hot days, bringing us together when we do gardening or simply relax.
The raised-bed garden was built by our carpentry department from recycled art crates and scraps of exhibition architecture. The beds are lined with recycled drop cloths. The branches and mulch used on the bottom of the beds come from Cologne and were donated by the Forestry Department. When we water the plants, we use water from our own well instead of drinking water. You can read about this and many other projects in our sustainability report from the German Sustainability Codex:
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