What is sustainable preservation?

IPI Consultants Conferring

Sustainable preservation is about achieving the best possible preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy and other resources.

The cost of energy to heat, cool, and dehumidify can be a significant portion of an institutional budget, and a necessary investment for collecting institutions obligated to provide the best stewardship possible to the materials in their collections. Finding the appropriate balance between preservation and resource allocation goals is a process unique to each institution, based on their specific situation.

How to achieve it:

A number of factors must be taken into account to achieve sustainable preservation:

How can I learn more?


A list of supplemental resources as well as relevant publications offered by the Image Permanence Institute are available. Please visit the Image Permanence Institute’s website to learn more about our research, past projects, and environmental management tools.

If you have questions or comments, please contact the Image Permanence Institute.