Sustainibility Statement

The Museum of Dartmoor Life is proudly committed to providing a high standard of service that is creative, innovative, imaginative, totally inclusive and sustainable. We will protect our environment and our planet in any way we can. MoDL takes steps to minimise the environmental impacts of our operations and promotes sustainable development which has the goal of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

To meet our environmental commitments, we will: 

  • Ensure that MoDL meets, and where possible exceeds, the requirements of current and future national and European legislation and regulations.
  • Seek to reduce the environmental impacts of MoDL activities and policies by adopting best operational practices.
  • Measure and take action to reduce the carbon footprint of our activities and ensure our buildings and services are able to adapt to climate change.
  • Encourage greater reuse and recycling and minimise the amount of waste produced by MoDL.
  • Ensure that environmental and climate change criteria are taken into account in the procurement of goods and services.
  • Give due consideration to environmental issues and energy performance in the design, refurbishment and use of our buildings and consider environmental factors in all MoDL decisions and activities.
  • Develop and train staff, volunteers and trustees to conduct their activities in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Monitor, manage and minimise MoDL’s use of energy and water.
  • Minimise the environmental impact of travelling between home and our venue and to other locations on MoDL business.
  • Increase awareness of the importance of sustainability linked to our mission and encourage our visitors to behave sustainably.

We undertake to periodically monitor and review our environmental performance and take corrective action where necessary, to ensure we meet our commitments.

What are we doing? We…

  • Use dehumidifiers rather than radiators to reduce humidity and protect the collection. These use much less energy and the water gathered in the tanks is used to water the plant pots.
  • Use energy saving light bulbs throughout the museum.
  • Use recycled toilet paper, bars of soap and cotton handtowels in the staff toilets. We have also added an inflatable to the cistern to use less water when we flush.
  • Recycle as much of our rubbish as we can.
  • Only use paper and cotton bags in our shop and champion local suppliers.
  • Have allowed wildflowers to grow in our carpark beds for the benefit of the insects.
  • Have added a bike rack to encourage visitors to visit via the cycle routes.
  • 90% of our volunteers walk to the museum. We encourage car sharing when we go on trips to other venues.
  • Offer to fill people’s water bottles up for them rather than buy more plastic.
  • Are actively seeking funds to insulate the roof and replace windows and doors with triple glazing. We are investigating the possibility of using our water wheel to generate electricity and hoping to add solar panels to the roof.