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Greening the ABbe

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In the autumn of 1922, Dr. Robert Abbe was forever changed when he first saw a dozen or so stone tools in a shop window on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor. His imagination was kindled and he wanted to learn more about the people who had fashioned these stones into tools, points, and utensils…and he wanted to share what he had learned with others. His vision is what inspired the creation of the Abbe Museum at Sieur De Monts in Acadia National Park (1928).


Interested in supporting the Greening the Abbe campaign?
Contact Heather Anderson, Director of Advancement at (207) 288-3519 or by email at


Eighty-four years later, the Abbe has evolved into an important institution for the Wabanaki Nations and for all who visit this remarkable museum. It is a place to hear, see, meet, learn, and gain new perspectives. It is a place that continues to inspire new learning, every day. As stewards of the Abbe, we need to consider the past, create the present and plan for the future of this unique museum. As we look toward the next ten years and consider the sustainability - environmentally and financially - of the Abbe downtown, we have identified concrete changes that we can make to reduce our carbon footprint, lower our energy costs and improve our facility.


As we start our second decade downtown, using our strategic plan as a roadmap, we have identified areas in need of improvement. One of the ten strategic objectives in the plan is to maintain and improve facilities and infrastructure to support essential programs and to promote long-term sustainability. We have already started this work, and you are invited to join us in continuing this important process beginning with the initiative's first phase – lighting, humidification, software improvements and UV reduction.


Why Green the Abbe?


Museums are unique educational institutions. The Abbe Museum has a specific role in society that must be taken into account when considering environmental impact and operational practices. Museums in general are a special case when it comes to environmental responsibility, mainly because of these four distinct characteristics: museums belong to humanity; museums are educators; museums are forums of civic engagement; museums create and transmit culture.* Given the Abbe's leadership role as an educational institution in the immediate community and across the state, we must take responsibility for our actions by identifying challenges, finding solutions and implementing a plan that is mindful of future generations. The Abbe should be held to a higher level of conscientiousness regarding operations and environmental impact. By greening the Abbe, we will be joining with other environmentally-conscious local institutions including the College of the Atlantic, MDI Bio Lab, Friends of Acadia and The Jackson Laboratory. Thank you for helping us reach this goal!


Read an update on greening progress >


Looking for a great way to show your support of the Greening the Abbe campaign? Check out the cool logo merchandise available through Café Press >


*There are numerous publications available on green design and museums,but Rachel Byers' publication Green Museums + GreenExhibits is a quick reference and makes a great case statement as to why museums should be more eco-friendly.


Interested in supporting the Greening the Abbe campaign? Contact Contact Heather Anderson, Director of Advancement at (207) 288-3519 or by email at

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