SDG Forum Series—Green Museums and the Paris Agreement

icon date s Thursday 6 May 2021
icon time s 09:30am — 11:30am

SDG Forum April2021 Poster v5 02

Do you know your carbon footprint? How do our daily carbon emissions contribute to climate change? Museums, as trusted institutions, play an increasingly important role as conscience of our society and have the duty to communicate climate change with the public. The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, in 2015. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2 Celsius. The COP 26 is scheduled to take place in November 2021 in the UK. In response to the Paris Agreement, museums all over the world have made tremendous achievements in organizing exhibitions, raising public awareness and engaging the community in fostering sustainability. The next question for museums is ‘How are museums, as a sector, to contribute towards collective impacts to address the global climate crisis?’

Invited speakers from the US, Australia and Hong Kong will share at the Green Museums and the Paris Agreement forum the experiences and achievements in greening museums, enhancing sustainable operations and advancing climate change education. The forum also serves as an important step to build a community of green museums which act locally and ideate globally.

Date and Time  NYC | 5 May 2021 (Wednesday) 21:30–23:30 GMT−4
  Hong Kong | 6 May 2021 (Thursday) 09:30–11:30 GMT+8
  Sydney | 6 May 2021 (Thursday) 11:30–13:30 GMT+10
  (Check your time zone at



Speaker Joyce Lee square

Ms Joyce Lee
President, IndigoJLD Green + Health
Incoming Chair, American Alliance of Museums
Environment and Climate Network

Topic: A Year for Action towards the Paris Agreement


Speaker Ir Dr Vincent Cheng square

Ir Dr Vincent Cheng
Director, Hong Kong Green Building Council
Arup Fellow, Director of Sustainability, Arup

Topic: Climate-conscious Design and Operation in East Asia Museums


Speaker Zehra Ahmed square

Ms Zehra Ahmed
Sustainability and Access Projects Coordinator
Australian Museum

Topic: Reaching Carbon Neutral at the Australian Museum, SDG’s and how we can all build a sustainable future for 2030


Moderator ThomasChung square

Professor Thomas Chung
Associate Professor, School of Architecture
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  (Click photos for full speaker biographies)  
Programme Please refer to a detailed programme here.  
Language English   
CPD Hour

2 CPD hours will be automatically uploaded to attendees' BEAM Pro/ BEAM Affiliate Individual Accounts.



Please click here or scan the QR code 




Yasumoto International Academic Park 8/F
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
3943 9632
Opening hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, Sunday, Public Holidays and University Holidays
(24th and 31st December, and Lunar New Year Eve): Closed