BGCI Sustainability Challenge

Sustainable Development Goals
  • Status of project

    Ongoing
  • Region

    Global
  • Topic

    Public Engagement

The BGCI Sustainability Challenge aims to work with leading botanic gardens to develop a series of simple, small-scale sustainability challenges, with associated incentives, that aim to empower and bring about behavioural change amongst garden visitors and the broader community. These challenges will be directly linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The project wants to

  • Gather data on existing sustainability practices and best practice examples of ways in which botanic gardens are challenging their visitors
  • Develop a platform to share and promote these activities,
  • Produce a new technical report on sustainability examples within botanic gardens,
  • Look at how our project can complement existing initiatives
  • Identify botanic gardens who can act as mentors, supporting other gardens to implement small-scale sustainability challenges to bring about behaviour change.

We want to use this project to demonstrate how botanic gardens and their visitors can significantly contribute towards the SDGs.

How can you help?

Submit a case study

We are collecting case studies of best practice sustainability examples in gardens – these will be used to help scale up of our project. We are looking for case studies in the following areas:

  • Water consumption
  • Energy consumption
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Waste, compost and recycling
  • Sustainable food