UN Climate Week Webinar 2020 Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
The United Nations (UN) Climate Week inspires individuals and organizations to become part of the momentum created by the global climate agreement in Paris. It is a collaborative platform where both governments and non-governmental organizations stakeholders gather to address the gamut of relevant climate issues under one umbrella. This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums and the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Museums have enormous carbon footprints. COVID-19 led to the postponement of COP 26 to 2021. UN Climate Week 2020 provides a unique opportunity for the museum community to accelerate peer learning, expedite ongoing initiatives and jumpstart needed programs. Come listen to this global panel of experts to celebrate what they are doing in their own region and their own community.
1. Welcome and introduction of speakers Joyce Lee, IndigoJLD Green + Health & American Alliance of Museum Professional Network
2. Climate Action through Community Engagement Cecilia Lam, Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change
3. Champions of Change: Australian cultural institutions & the Global Goals Dr Jenny Newell, Australian Museum
4. A Call to Climate Action for Cultural Heritage Amber Kerr, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Amber Kerr, Smithsonian American Art Museum Ms Kerr is chief of conservation and senior paintings conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She oversees programming in the museum's Lunder Conservation Center; a facility with floor to ceiling glass walls that allow the public to observe the conservation staff caring for the collections. She received a master's degree from the Winterthur/University of Delaware in art conservation. Kerr is a professional associate in the American Institute for Conservation, and a fellow with the International Institute of Conservation (IIC), where she serves as vice president, director of communications, and co-chair for the IIC Dialogue series. She also serves as an advisor for IIC advancement programs for emerging conservation professionals, and advisory chair of the IIC Student Poster Committee.
Cecilia Lam, Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change Mrs Lam is the founding director of the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the world's first museum dedicated to the theme of climate change. She is concurrently director of the Campus Planning and Sustainability Office and directs the CUHK secretariat of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Hong Kong chapter. A champion for university social responsibility and sustainable development, Lam heads the development and management of large-scale community outreach programs, serving millions of school students and community members.
Dr Jenny Newell, Australian Museum Dr Newell is the Manager of Climate Change Projects at the Australian Museum, Sydney. She works on the cultural dimensions of climate change, focusing on communities in Australia and the Pacific, as well as contributing to international museum networks. With a background in Pacific and Environmental History, Newell has previously held curatorial roles at the British Museum, National Museum of Australia, and American Museum of Natural History (New York). She convenes the Museums & Climate Change Network and co-edited Curating the Future and Living with the Anthropocene.
Joyce Lee, IndigoJLD Green + Health & American Alliance of Museum Professional Network Ms Lee is president of IndigoJLD providing green health consulting, design, benchmarking and planning services. She is currently on adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and has published widely. She is the former Chief Architect at the New York City OMB overseeing the survey of major city-owned buildings, including libraries and museums, and fostered green development. After OMB, one of her programs enjoyed the support of two Great Lakes governors while she served as a trustee at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. As a LEED Fellow and FAIA, she most recently served on the IWBI COVID 19 task force.
A well-curated resources hub packed with information on environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development, and designed to inspire the public to take action to combat climate change.