Meet the team
A team of cultural heritage professionals, engineers, and conservation graduate students created STiCH led by the following Principal Investigators. The team worked towards providing a clear path to reducing the carbon footprint from cultural heritage activities worldwide.
Founder, The Objects
Conservation Studio, LLC; Visiting Professor, Pratt Institute
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
CEO, Environment and
Culture Partners; Principal,
Doctoral Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
HISTORY OF THE STiCH PROJECT
The first introduction to LCA for cultural heritage preservationists in the United States began with conservator Sarah Nunberg and engineer Matthew Eckelman’s initiatives in 2012 when Nunberg invited Eckelman as the introductory lecturer at the AIC Albuquerque Annual Meeting Sustainability Committee Luncheon. Starting in 2013 they worked closely with Pamela Hatchfield and the MFA Boston, providing scenarios for six LCA case studies. Nunberg and Eckelman were joined by museum
professional Sarah Sutton in 2016. The project earned a Tier I 2017-2019 National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) research grant awarded to The Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC). In 2020 the project was awarded a Tier II NEH Research and Development Grant, which has funded the STiCH project. At this time PhD candidate Sarah Sanchez joined the project in partial fulfillment of her dissertation. Together the team has developed STiCH.
Professionals for LCA Case Studies:
Conservation Graduate Program Students:
Tess Browyn Hamilton
Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.Gro Brutland, 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development, United Nations.
Brundtland’s optimistic statement 40 years ago has become an emergency call for action today and too few professionals in the cultural heritage sector are aware of this call. We recognize that it makes no sense to preserve cultural heritage for future generations while our actions pollute and destroy the environment. With STiCH, each of us can address the environmental and climate impacts of our choices as we provide valuable care for cultural heritage.
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