Brooklyn Children’s Museum – The Green Museum By: Kevin Korb Brooklyn Children’s Museum Background Established in 1899 Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn World’s first children’s museum Exhibits expose children to important events in history and information about the changing environment Becoming New York’s First Green Museum After closing for renovation, BCM reopened on September 20, 2008 and was named NYC’s first green museum by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design What it means to be Green The LEED has classified BCM as a green museum due to its environmentallyfriendly architecture. BCM’s Green Features: Renewable and Recycled Building Material The museum’s infrastructure consists of materials that were recycled or materials that were made from renewable sources. During construction, these types of materials were utilized, whenever possible, in place of the other not-so-environmentally-friendly alternatives. BCM’s Green Features: Energy-Saving Sensors Carbon Dioxide Sensors Daylight Sensors Occupancy Sensors BCM’s Green Features: Solar Energy BCM makes use of solar energy to convert to electrical power. This greatly decreases energy costs and it benefits the environment since solar energy does not release pollutants and is renewable. Green Both Inside and Out Exhibits throughout the museum demonstrate the significance of maintaining our environment. In addition, workshops are offered to educators who want to learn how to incorporate environmental education into their classrooms.