Suseum - The Sustainability Museum

Posted On:2018-11-01 12:59:59

Introduction

Suseum was a museum for sustainability, conceived, designed and run for 3 years by EAI. The objective was to create a central resource that celebrated and exhibited the various aspects of sustainability.

Project in a nutshell

What - What problem were you trying to solve? or, what was your value proposition?

Who - Who are/can be the key beneficiaries of this project?

Why - Why was your project different from others ? or, was there anything unique?

How - How did you overcome specific challenges?

Wow - Were there any special “wow” moments in the project?

Project Type

  • Commercial Project
  • Social/Community Project

Website

: Chennai

: 2013/08 to 2015/07

Category

  • Solar Energy
  • others

Project Status

  • Completed

Looking for

  • Partnerships
  • Business Development/Marketing

Team Members

  • Narasimhan Santhanam
  • Uma Maheswari
  • Mathumitha Balu

Specifications/Features

Suseum the sustainability museum was divided into 6 sections:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Waste Management
  • Eco-friendly Consumer Products
  • Water
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Sustainable Health

For each of the above sections, we had on display actual products (solar panels, organic soaps, electric bicycle), sample models (wind turbines, biomass stoves, pyrolysis equipments) and posters and visuals (ocean energy, how various clean energy technologies work etc..)

We also had regular workshops on interesting topics such as waste to craft and sustainability education for school children.

 

Methodology/Approach

A significant part of the work in building the Suseum went into conceptualizing the product as there was no other such museum anywhere in the world. We spent almost a month putting together the central theme/objective, and based on this, the various sections and what should actually be on display in each of these sections.

Once we had the overall theme, the sections and the proposed materials to be on display, we split the work into three teams: One team worked on procuring actual products; the second team worked on procuring or making models; and the third team worked on creating visuals etc.

Results & Inferences

The Suseum ran for two and half years; overall, I would say it was a significant success. While we could not run it continuously owing to lack of funds, during the two years it ran, it had over 500 visitors, 25+ schools and a high degree of appreciation from one and all who visited. Many specifically told us that they were able to take back something specific from the Suseum that they will put into practice soon.

Future Plans

If we get the opportunity again, it will be a good idea to try out Suseum but this time specifically focussed on school children alone as this concept seems to make the most difference to this end user segment than any other

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