John Muir's Birthplace | Green Tourism

Going Green at John Muir's Birthplace

John  Muir's Birthplace opened in August 2003. From the start we decided to follow green and sustainable principles as far as we were able.  We bought materials for our workshops from Scrapstore and charity shops, used fairtrade tea and coffee, sold locally made and recycled goods in our shop and brought green issues to the fore through our displays and work with schools and groups. 

In 2007 we earned our Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme Award and were highly commended for our environmental education work. Staff at John Muir's Birthplace continue to work towards meeting green goals such as better energy efficiency, reducing our carbon footprint, promoting car sharing, the use of public transport and developing our green action plan. 

Our latest Green Tourism Audit (March 2016) can be accessed here.

In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact, we are constantly reviewing our performance and trying to make improvements in the following areas.


We monitor the following resources and make savings where possible:
        Gas and electricity  
        Water use
        Car miles
We reduce our carbon footprint by using:
        A-rated refridgerator
        High efficiency Boiler
        LED lighting in most areas
        Thermostatic and timer controls
We are planning to:
        Increase the loft insulation and draught proof the windows
We conserve water by:
        Fitting aerated taps
        Fitting a low flush toilet
        Using environmentally friendly cleaning products
We limit waste going to landfill by:
        Encouraging reduce, reuse and recycle from purchasing to waste disposal
        Recycling materials for use in our children's workshops
        Promoting ‘Waste free packed lunches’ to visiting school groups
We consider environmental impact when ordering goods by:
        Using recycled paper or paper from sustainable sources
        Selling stationary and gifts made from recycled materials
        Selling locally produced crafts and cards
        Buying Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits
        Using local traders to provide food and drink for events
We promote the use of public transport by:
        Linking to public transport sites on our website
        Promoting public transport in our leaflets and adverts
        Providing details of a wide range of local walks, cycles and non-car based activities
        Car sharing wherever possible
For links to timetables for public transport see our Visit section
We do not have our own grounds but promote the importance of caring for wildlife through:
        A programme of children's workshops on environmental themes
        Family drop-in events and outreach on environmental themes
        A Nature Diary via our twitter feed @JM_Birthplace
A member of staff is a representative on the John Muir Country Park Advisory Group
We are investigating the possibility of fixing swift boxes at the rear of our building
We support local environmental organisations such as Fairtrade Dunbar, Sustaining Dunbar and Dunbar Community Woodland Group and work closely with Friends of John Muir's Birthplace and the John Muir Trust.  We can supply a venue for meetings and promote their activites through our noticeboard and website.  We also work closely with primary and secondary schools and East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service.
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