Using the Resources at Hand: Sustainable Exhibition Design 

Version 4 (July 2023) of Using the Resources at Hand: Sustainable Exhibition Design is now available for download! Every step of exhibition design, from the initial organization to the deinstallation, can benefit from a lower carbon footprint. This guide can help.

Using the Resources at Hand is primarily aimed at helping students think about eco-friendly options in designing exhibitions, but it can be used by anyone with an interest in making the museum sector more sustainable. The guide offers tips for low-carbon design, outlines resources in Southwestern Ontario (with a focus on London) and includes information on borrowing and sharing resources and materials at Western University and elsewhere. Version 4 also includes examples from galleries across Ontario and Quebec, student projects, and new information on sustainable materials and approaches to exhibition design. 

Using the Resources at Hand is open-access. Most people find what they need in the guide as it is, but if you are interested in adapting it for your location please email us at for the source files – we’re happy to share! We’re also always open to receiving new information and examples from Ontario and beyond. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.