WHEN: Wednesday, April 24th from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
WHERE: MN History Center, Staff Lounge
Join the Minnesota Historical Society's 2013 Commuter Challenge! At the kick-off event on April 24th you'll learn about sustainable transportation options, enjoy free food and coffee, and have a chance to win prizes when you sign up to take the Commuter Challenge!
Remember to fill out our simple online poll with the zip code where you commute from. We'll use that information anonymously to map out the distances MHS staff are commuting.
Explore the history and future of Minneapolis and Saint
Paul through art, music and activities at this event created
by and for teens. Adults welcome.
• Live music by Beatrix Jar and the Melismatics
• Photography exhibit
• Souvenir activities and photo opp
• activities fair with teen groups from around the
When: Tues., April 30, 2013
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Use this interactive map to find out how individual US states are performing with regard to the "10 elements of high quality digital learning."
In the few weeks I’ve been working in the MN History Center building so far, I’ve noticed some of the visible things that are helping to reduce resource use and encourage sustainable behavior- like the water bottle filling stations that make it easy to bring your own reusable bottle rather than a disposable plastic bottle and the junk mail reduction campaign posters. I was interested in hearing more about some of the behind-the-scenes (or in-the-mechanical-room) actions that are resulting in such impressive savings throughout the MHS. Last week I talked with Karen Nichols, Facilities Manager here at the MN History Center and Green Team member, to learn about initiatives in the building to save energy, water and waste.
Shortly after I sat down, Karen proudly shared with me that the MN History Center has seen the biggest savings of any building in the State Capitol Complex. Part of the impetus for making these building improvements was based on an Executive Order from the Governor, to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent in state facilities. The energy consumption for all buildings in the Capitol complex is tracked through the State of Minnesota Plant Management Division at the Department of Administration. Based on those numbers, the Minnesota History Center has seen a nearly 60% savings in energy usage over the past 6 years, significantly more than other state facilities and above and beyond the goal of the Executive Order (1). This is especially significant given that in 2005 the History Center was the Capitol Complex building with the highest total energy use.
We are very lucky to have Julia Eagles join our sustainability team this spring. She is currently a graduate student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the U and will be providing her skills to help us communicate our sustainability program and its associated metrics. Below she has written a brief narrative about herself, so be sure to stop by the intern workstation area on level 4 to welcome her and introduce yourselves. Welcome, Julia!
Hi everyone! My name is Julia Eagles and I am the new Sustainability Intern here at the Minnesota Historical Society. As part of my internship this spring I’ll be blogging here, producing information graphics and other visual communications about the More for the Mission campaign and helping to plan events. I hope through this position to increase my (and hopefully your) awareness of sustainability implementation and measurement, particularly in the context of the museum and historic sites. I’m excited to be joining the MHS team, especially in supporting efforts to make the Historical Society more sustainable! Since I’ll be posting here pretty regularly this spring, I thought I would tell you a little bit more about myself and how I got here.
See the Civil War unfold 150 years later—through Twitter.
The reenactment began on Jan. 1, 2013, the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, and continues to the anniversary of the end of the Civil War in 2015.
Thanks to those of you who attended the More for the Mission and Minnesota's Energy Evolution event on December 11, 2012. Despite the icy roads, we had a good turn-out, and a great discussion afterwards.
For those that you that may have missed the event, or that would like to rewatch the lectures, below is the recording of all the presentations - an introduction to the More for the Mission program at the MHS, an introduction to Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE), Minnesota's Energy Evolution, and a case study of the Minnesota History Center's energy efficiency efforts.
This guest blog post is by Angela Vreeland and Chris Plum from Center for Energy and Environment (CEE). Angela is a project engineer for the Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program (PBEEEP). Chris is a Program Manager at CEE and is the Program Manager of the State Government Public Buildings Energy Efficiency Enhancement Program (State PBEEEP). CEE will be presenting on the Evolution of Energy in Minnesota at the More for the Mission event on December 11, 2012. To find out more and register for the More for the Mission event, re-visit this blog post.
The Minnesota History Center is a relatively new building which is primarily used as a museum, with public areas, exhibition spaces, classrooms, storage spaces for valuable artifacts, a library and conservation laboratories. Several hundred thousand people visit the History Center every year, about half of them in school groups. The building was built to the Minnesota Building Code and its energy use of 160 kBtu/square foot (about $2 per square foot) was typical of many museums. It was nonetheless noteworthy in 2005 as the building on the capitol complex with the highest total energy use. Not only is that no longer true, but the building now uses the same amount of energy as an average building in the Capitol complex and less than many office buildings in the Upper Midwest.
What did the staff that manages the state’s buildings (the Division of Plant Management in the Department of Administration) do to achieve these impressive results? Read more...
A must-read on how Internet technology is challenging the higher education model—by the inimitable Clay Shirky.
Udacity and other online teaching/learning systems are to education as MP3s are to the traditional music publishing industry.
Wordy but worth it.