Submitted by the Millet Museum Staff
The Millet Museum is proud to accept the 2020 Organizational Outstanding In Stewardship (OTIS) Award from the Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA). The OTIS Award recognizes the actions taken by businesses, organizations, individuals, and youth to care for our watershed, including the land, air, water, and biodiversity.
The Museum was nominated for several stewardship initiatives. After participating in the BRWA’s Finding Common Ground 2.0 energy tour in fall 2019, the Museum presented knowledge gained on the tour to other museum’s and community groups. This research was intended to be use in the creation of environment themed exhibits in summer 2020. While this exhibit was postponed, the Museum instead created 3 virtual exhibits. These virtual exhibits used less materials and resources. They also limited the amount of resources used by visitors to travel to the Museum, as they can be viewed from home. Following the tour, the Museum took steps to use environmentally friendly gardening techniques, reuse materials, installed motion sensor faucets, and slowly adjusted the overall temperature of the collections storage spaces, allowing artefacts to be safely kept at a warmer temperature, using less air conditioning.
In the spring of 2020, the Museum completed a two-year project to research Millet’s native plants. In partnership with the Millet in Bloom committee, an outdoor classroom was placed in the Pipestone Park, along the Eyot Creek. The classroom contains seating and signage presenting the Museum’s native plant research. The Museum’s summer programs were also designed to contain environmentally themes, like planting seeds, and to generate less paper waste than previous years.
Thank you to the many Museum staff and volunteers who made this achievement possible. Thank you also to the Battle River Watershed Alliance for honouring us with this award. We look forward to working with you on future projects to create a bright and sustainable future for our communities.
The other 2020 OTIS Award winners are: Dr. Glen Hvenegaard (Individual), Camrose Energy (Business), and Hughenden Public School (youth).