Capstone/Dissertation Title

So you built a LEED certified science museum, now what?: examining how science and natural history museums turn sustainable buildings into educational opportunities

Term

2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

The research questions addressed in this capstone are: 1) When science museums build a LEED certified facility, do they leverage the sustainable features to educate the public about sustainable design? 2) If they do, what type of exhibits and programs do they create? The methodology used to answer these questions was an online survey of science museum education directors. Literature describing green buildings in the museum field and methods of informal science education were presented along with numerical data collected in the study. Conclusions from the study suggest most LEED certified science museums are utilizing a variety of exhibits and programs to describe the features of their green building. Limitations of the sample size and depth of the survey questions indicate more research is needed.

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