Sustainability

We’re committed to becoming the most sustainable science centre in the UK.

After 17 years of “making science accessible to all”, At-Bristol relaunched on 14 September 2017 as We The Curious, with a new direction and focus to “create a culture of curiosity”.

To us being sustainable isn’t just about our waste and procurement policies – it’s about creating interesting and meaningful conversations about the world we live in. We work to continually improve on our reputation as leaders in the following:

We The Curious as a sustainable venue

Since 2010 we've reduced our energy consumption by 27% (390 tonnes of CO2 per annum) - that's enough  CO2 to fill our Planetarium 242 times!

As a science centre we love using the latest technology, especially if it helps us (and you) become more sustainable. Some of our energy reducing initiatives include:

  • Installing Bristol’s largest photovoltaic solar panel array

  • Fitting Bristol’s first LED lit car park

  • Having electric-car charging points fitted in Millennium Square car park

We The Curious as a centre for inspiration

We like getting creative with what it means to be sustainable and work with partners across the country to bring you engaging talks, activities and workshops on all things green!

Examples of this are:

  • Creating shows, activities and events inspired by the world around us, such as Blue Marvel Planetarium show  and Our World exhibition.

  • Being the space in the city for high-profile sustainability talks and debates, including hosting Sir Mark Walport Government Chief Scientific Advisor.

  • Bringing sustainability to life with engaging schools workshopstheme days and by using our own building as a case study and research topic.
     

We The Curious as a hub for community engagement

We welcome thousands of visitors to our spaces each year, so We The Curious, Millennium Square, Anchor Square and the Big Screen are used to showcase sustainability in action.

Our sustainable community projects include:

  • Interactive art installations including the Bristol Whales, Tap into Bristol and the Energy Tree on Millennium Square- watch the video below to find out more. In 2018 we installed Luke Jerrams' Inhale sculpture, and worked with the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute and artist Anna Higgie to create a climate change mural. 

  • Engaging collaborative projects with local academics, including Live from the Hive

  • Millennium Square Community garden – a working garden managed by Edible Bristol and volunteers which produces fruit and vegetables for the community to enjoy.

  • Hosting events and championing initiatives which promote sustainability education with partners such as Bristol 2015 and Bristol City Youth Council.

Did you know...

  • We're award winners! We're the only science centre in England to hold a Gold Green Tourism Award, the only visitor attraction in the VisitEngland Sustainable Tourism and the only organisation to have won the West of England Carbon Champion Award four years running (2011 – 2014).

  • The solar panel array on our roof is big enough to power 13 UK households

  • We have a bee hive on our roof!

  • We are an official partner and sponsor of the Arizona State University 'Sustainability in Science Museums Program'. The programme supports science museums to expand their sustainability programming through content-rich trainings, interactive activity kits and other resources that museums can use to promote sustainability science and practice. More information can be found here.

Work with us

If you want to get creative with a sustainable project, installation or event we'd love to hear from you - so get in touch by calling 0117 915 1000 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays).