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Where did the Green Exhibit Checklist (GEC) come from?

In 2007, designers at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry looked to the LEED standards for buildings to try to create a similar scoring system for exhibits. LEED assesses a numerical score for the environmental sustainability of building construction. However, the LEED system has many categories that do not apply to exhibits and involves complex calculations that seemed overly complicated for busy museum professionals.

The exhibit designers and production staff worked together to try a simpler approach. They created the current scoring system which is designed for easy assessment—just by walking through the exhibition, you can instantly score the exhibit based on simple observations.

Since its creation, OMSI has used the GEC to assess past exhibit builds and to set sustainability goals for future projects. The current version will continue to be revised as we move forward with the Sustainability project.

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