Pekka Halonen: Rock Covered in Ice and Snow (1911).
Pekka Halonen: Rock Covered in Ice and Snow (1911). Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, Antell Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen.

The environmental programme of the Finnish National Gallery

Green Handprint is Finnish National Gallery’s environmental programme, which aims to make sustainability and circular economy a permanent feature of all our activities and help us become carbon neutral by 2035.

Green Handprint is a positive antithesis to the ecological footprint. It measures ecological positives and encourages people to take both small and big steps to mitigate climate change. We also encourage our visitors and partners to act in an ecologically sustainable way. The goal is to make the handprint greater than the footprint.

The focus areas of the programme are:

  • Making intangible services available to the public.
  • Reducing energy consumption and the carbon footprint and emissions of all activities.
  • Ensuring a small carbon footprint and recyclability of materials used in exhibition production. We train staff to observe, understand and act in ways that minimise the environmental load of the Finnish National Gallery.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of travel and transportation by prioritising virtual meetings and improving logistics.
  • Training and incentivising staff to prioritise ecological solutions by, among other things, supporting the use of bicycles and public transport for getting to work, and also supporting distance working and recycling.
  • Providing menus with local food and vegetarian dishes at all functions organised by the Finnish National Gallery.
  • Promoting the adoption of our Green Handprint workshop model in the museum sector and organising public events about sustainable development.