MNHS Take the Stairs Campaign

As the new year rolls around many people are thinking of their New Year’s resolutions. Over the next couple weeks staff members will begin to see posters about taking the stairs throughout the History Center. As you think about your New year’s resolution a simple action would be participating in the More for the Mission Take the Stairs campaign!

Did you know that the average wait time for an elevator at the History Center is 20 seconds?

That is the same amount of time it takes, on average, to walk up a flight of stairs. Save some time and take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevators to arrive.

Not only do the stairs save you time, but they also burn calories!

On average, a person burns 12 calories walking up 4 flights of stairs. Taking the stairs from 1st floor to 4th floor daily burns the same amount of calories in a cup of coffee (with some cream). Take the stairs and treat yourself to an extra cup of coffee!

Along with saving time and burning calories taking the stairs reduces the History Centers GHG emissions.

Each of the main elevators travels an average of 35 miles per week. The GHG emissions of 1 of the main elevators is equivalent to driving a car around the world!

Over the next month employees, volunteers, and interns will be encouraged to take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevators. Although most staff work on the 4th floor and probably are thinking, “there is no way I am going to take the stairs", it is easier than you think to incorporate into your day. I can vouch for the fact that although daunting at first, once you start taking the stairs regularly it becomes part of your daily routine.

Workplace sustainability is more than just reducing energy costs it also is about economic and social sustainability. Having a healthy and interactive work environment is essential to employee productivity. Change your routine and try taking the stairs in the following months.

Just a friendly reminder that the stairs are usually accessible between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. After hours they are locked.