Glenstone

Glenstone is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment. Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone assembles post-World War II artworks of the highest quality that trace the greatest historical shifts in the way we experience and understand art of the 20th and 21st centuries. These works are presented in a series of refined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate meaningful encounters for our visitors.

In keeping with the core values of our institution — “committed to preservation and sustainability in everything we do” — Glenstone has developed and will continue to refine an environmental policy that demonstrates and implements a commitment to sustainability and, wherever possible, rejuvenation of our surroundings.

Outdoors, a dedication to organic landscape maintenance complements all of our efforts, making Glenstone a model for sustainable agriculture and environmental management. Inside, in both the existing museum, and in an expansion, our team of facilities managers and engineers is implementing state-of-the-art energy efficient systems to ensure the lightest possible footprint on the planet.

Among our key initiatives: 

  • We established waste reduction and recycling policies and, where possible, set measureable goals including a 12-stream trash diversion program. We currently recycle more than 80 percent of our food and office materials.
  • We provided appropriate containers, signage and education to facilitate ease of participation.
  • We discourage all printing and invoicing and try to rely on electronic devices such as laptops, cell phones, smart screens, emails etc. We set the default to double-sided on copy machines when printing is necessary.
  • We replace disposables in lunch rooms with reusable or compostable  kitchenware; utilize refillable containers for salt, pepper, sugar etc. to avoid individual packets. We use compostable materials for staff picnics and other occasions where “paper and plastic” might otherwise be needed.
  • We re-use or donate any purchased electronics and provide opportunities for associates to recycle their home electronics. 
  • Set thesholds for recycled and chlorine content of all paper, letterhead and envelopes etc. Generally 30 percent is our minimum goal for recycling and avoid chlorine wherever possible.
  • All of our toiletries, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper etc., are comprised of 100 percent post-consumer recycled content; our paper towels are composted.
  • We named a purchasing coordinator to avoid duplication and impulse/emergency purchases and improve efficiencies, and we offered her a position on the Green Team.
  • We create a list of approved vendors based on well-thought environmental criteria and/or local production and availability.
  • We have offered numerous lectures to the state and local community to share our sustainable landscape protocols
  • We reinforce workplace safety through appropriate training and awareness of OSHA and local standards. Numerous associates have taken advanced OSHA training and have received certification.
  • We encourage and support fitness programs, including on-site yoga and meditation, and the maintenance of hiking trails.
  • We evaluate cleaning products for environmental suitability.
  • We utilize all-organic protocols where possible for all insect, weed, fungal and structural pest controls, and we also utilize all-organic protocols for landscape fertility, including the application of compost that we produce on site.
  • We have installed a central “dashboard” energy management system (BMS) system to monitor daily energy use and set benchmarks.
  • We are constructing more than 1 million gallons of cistern capacity to capture stormwater runoff to supply our irrigation needs.
  • We have replaced all T12 fluorescent lamps with energy efficient T8 or T5 lamps and replace all incandescent bulbs with CFLS. 
  • We have planted hundreds of shade trees and shrubs, and have plans in the works for thousands more.

Glenstone Museum

12002 Glen Road Potomac, MD 20854