Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW) 2023, held from November 4-11, witnessed a series of activities arranged by Qatar Museums (QM), aimed at raising awareness, inspiring change, and promoting sustainable practices.
These included a number of internal activities for staff, as well as two workshops that with engaged local schools. Activities for staff included a sustainability ‘hackathon’ that saw a number of QM employees brainstorm and develop innovative solutions to address local sustainability and environmental challenges.
Other activities for staff included a clean-up operation of QM’s archaeological sites; the implementation of measures to encourage paperless office practices, advocating for digital documentation, e-signatures, and electronic communication; a bike commuting challenge with incentives and recognition offered for participants; and the introduction of several sustainability pledges, urging employees to take actions such as cutting down on single-use plastics.
For schools, QM opened its doors to students in Grades 5-8 in a lively session which encouraged them to create artworks highlighting environmental issues and promoting sustainability. Another interactive workshop was held for students in Grades 9-12, aimed at promoting sustainability in daily life.
Engineer Dhabya Jamal Sayar, director of Facilities Management at QM, said: “Our sustainability initiatives are an integral part of our mission, and we are excited to have the opportunity to educate, inspire, and create lasting change in the pursuit of a more sustainable future.”
QM has earned numerous international and regional accolades in recognition of its commitment to eco-initiatives and sustainable operations. This outstanding achievement includes three prestigious awards at the 2023 International Beautiful Buildings Green Apple Awards in the UK and the “Overall Winner” award, along with three awards in the Green Building category at the Gulf Sustainability Awards 2023.
QM’s Museum of Islamic Art made history by becoming the first-ever carbon-neutral certified museum in the Middle East region. This remarkable accomplishment underscores QM’s dedication to environmental responsibility and its leadership in promoting sustainable practices.
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