Image Permanence Institute Online Environmental Management Workshops

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Monday, 9 November, 2020 to Tuesday, 9 February, 2021

Applications are being accepted for an online environmental management workshop, offered once a month November through February. The workshop is four days long with two sessions per day from 10 am - 12 pm ET, and 1 pm – 3 pm ET.

Content is designed to guide participants through the process of implementing a sustainable environmental management program. This includes assessing and analyzing data from current collection spaces and mechanical systems, setting appropriate environmental parameters, testing energy-saving operations, and making informed decisions that will improve the preservation quality of collections environments. Instruction will include activities to help participants learn to use various tools, read mechanical system documentation, and plan for implementation at their own institution.

This workshop will be offered four times on the following dates:
November 9-12, 2020 (deadline for application: October 22, 2020)
December 7-10, 2020 (deadline for application: November 19, 2020)
January 11-14, 2021 (deadline for application: December 17, 2020)
February 8-11, 2021 (deadline for application: January 21, 2021)

These workshops are open to any individual or team from a collecting institution that has an active environmental monitoring program and has been collecting and evaluating data for at least one year. While teams are encouraged, individuals may also apply. Space is limited to only 16 participants per workshop. As part of the workshop, each participating institution will be able to borrow instruments from the IPI Tool Library, and will also be eligible for two free hours of one-on-one time with IPI's Environmental Consulting Team to discuss specific issues.

To apply, visit: Notification will be sent out on the Monday following the deadline for registration. Tuition for the workshop is waived due to generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you have questions, please contact Christopher Cameron, Sustainable Preservation Specialist, at

The Image Permanence Institute ( is a research laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology dedicated to supporting the preservation of cultural heritage collections in libraries, archives, and museums around the world. IPI achieves this mission by maintaining an active preservation research program that informs and advances professional-level education and training activities, publications, consulting services, and the development of practical preservation resources and tools.