The Portland Art Museum is committed to being environmentally aware, supporting programs that reduce our environmental impact, and improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our strategy and operating procedures.
We seek to understand the effects our activities have on the environment by supporting initiatives, including:
- Reducing material, water, and energy consumption
- Minimizing waste
- Recycling all resources
We encourage visitors, suppliers, and other stakeholders to do the same. We recognize our responsibility to the environment to meet or exceed legislative and regulatory requirements. We monitor that this policy and related procedures are understood, implemented, and maintained by all Museum employees.
Rothko Pavilion energy & sustainability features
This expansion and renovation project was designed with the highest levels of environmental considerations and energy efficiency.
Sustainability features of the Rothko Pavilion glass walls include:
- Custom fitting
- Subtle vertical striping pattern and special coating to help moderate temperature
- Treatments that meet the standard for bird-safe design
- Automated roller shades to control glare and heat
Other sustainability features include:
- Efficient LED lighting to reduce energy use by nearly 75%
- Radiant flooring to improves visitor comfort and energy efficiency
- New restrooms with ultra-low-flow toilets to reduce water use by 20%
- New irrigation systems with efficient watering mechanisms to enhance water conservation
- Careful salvage of existing masonry around the new loading dock for use in reconstructing the low garden wall along SW Jefferson St.