Faced with industry-wide wastefulness, Blum & Poe, with artist exhibitions in its gallery locations in Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City, considered how to implement a “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” strategy to bring about a more sustainable workplace. As a response, the gallery has committed to lowering its environmental impact through energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction management, and water conservation.
Through this process, Blum & Poe made a commitment to participate in the Arts:Earth Partnership (AEP), an environmentally sustainable certification and materials resource exchange program specifically developed for the creative sector in Los Angeles. By completing AEP’s certification process, Blum & Poe’s Los Angeles gallery location has become one of the first green-certified contemporary art galleries in the United States.
In addition to becoming Arts:Earth certified, the LA gallery purchased carbon credits from Carbonfund.org to offset its carbon footprint for business travel and artwork transportation. By making a donation to Carbonfund.org to offset a corresponding quantity of carbon emissions through supporting the carbon dioxide reductions in the Seneca Meadows Landfill Gas-to-Energy project, Blum & Poe neutralized the environmental impact of its unavoidable travel and transportation emissions. The goal is to be carbon neutral by the end of 2015.
In order to achieve the Arts:Earth Partnership certification and advocate positive changes in environmental sustainability, Blum & Poe uses stationery printed on 100 percent post-consumer waste paper, reuses/recycles construction materials, install a weather-based irrigation system for the gallery’s drought-tolerant garden and low-flow aerators on all faucets, partner with businesses that use sustainable practices, and spread the word on the importance of these standards.
Blum & Poe will continue beyond the AEP certification process and make strides in its daily operations. The LA gallery invested in solar panels installed on the building’s roof, which will reduce energy consumption by 30 percent. AEP’s guidelines will be instrumental in transitioning Blum & Poe’s gallery locations in New York and Tokyo to operate within the same environmentally sustainable framework.
Blum & Poe is hopeful that other art galleries and art professionals will join in going green. Carbonfund.org applauds these efforts and is pleased to partner with Blum & Poe in their ongoing environmental conservation initiatives.