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View of exterior of the museum and the lawn from Peachtree Street.


Sustainability Programs

November 1, 2022

The High Museum of Art is dedicated to the collection, interpretation, and preservation of art for present and future generations. But our mission is based on the assumption that there will be future generations to enjoy our art. That’s why we have a responsibility to care for our planet as much as we care for our collection. This means reducing our carbon footprint through more sustainable practices—and raising awareness about the climate crisis with our visitors. Most importantly, it means collaboration. For a list of our ongoing green initiatives, please visit If you have questions about our sustainability programs or are interested in collaborating with us to make positive change, please contact

View of a grass covered rooftop.

Installed in 2004 atop the Frances Bunzl Center, the Museum’s 6,680-square-foot vegetated green roof helps clean and reduce stormwater runoff, reduce the urban-heat-island effect, reduce energy consumption, extend the roof life, and improve air quality. Our green roof is also able to retain about 62,000 gallons of stormwater.

A person sits on a bench looking towards a wall with five gold-framed paintings.

In 2012, the Museum replaced all the gallery lighting in the Stent Family Wing with LED bulbs. Not only does this save energy, but it’s also better for our collection as LED produces less heat. We are currently working to secure funding to replace all the outdoor lighting on the Piazza and the gallery lighting in the Wieland Pavilion and the Anne Cox Chambers Wing.

A group of children sit in a group looking towards something out of view.

The Museum has a responsibility to help people understand how they can contribute to a healthy planet and a sustainable future. We weave sustainability and conservation into our educational programming whenever possible. As a rule, our STEAM curriculum always includes content that focuses on the interdependent nature of our world and the impacts we make on each other and our planet.