The Sustainable Water Use Challenge!

So what is the answer to last week’s question, “What uses the most water in Minnesota?” 

Power generation actually uses the most water in Minnesota and by a large margin. 

Can Minnesota Run Dry?

 As Minnesotans, we take pride in our abundance of natural resources, particularly our water resources.  We live in the beautiful Land of 10,000 Lakes.  While 10,000 sounds like quite a few lakes, we’re actually selling ourselves short.  In actuality, Minnesota has 11,842 lakes that have a surface area larger than 10 acres.  In fact, the largest lake that is completely contained within Minnesota is Red Lake measuring in at an astounding 288,800 acres! 

Drought Conditions Expanding across United States

A recent article in the New York Times illustrated the alarming and expanding drought conditions across the United States.  Utilizing maps and charts from the United States Drought Monitor and the Palmer Drought Index, this article asserts that the United States is in "the midst of one of its most sustained periods of increasing drought on record."[i]  

Go Blue: Make Sustainable Water Choices

We have all heard the expression, “Go Green,”   encouraging us to use more efficient windows, lighting, or insulation.   We are even encouraged to “Go Green” in our commute and take the bus or carpool.  These efforts to “Go Green” are focused on natural resources, preserving environmental integrity, and ultimately, saving our planet.   The phrase “Go Green” is synonymous with sustainability and has been leading environmental campaigns for the past decade.  

How to Save Energy at Home & at Work Video

For those who were unable to attend the Lunch and Learn event with the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), here is a YouTube link to the full presentation and slide deck.

Thank you again to all who were able to attend!

The Latest IPCC Report Brings Tough News

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its most recent report on climate change and the news is not good.  Having tracked climate change since 1988, the IPCC calls this report a "wake-up call" and declares that the opportunity to fend off drastic climate change is limited.  This is not a problem of the future either; the effects of climate change are already being experienced.  

Lunch and Learn: How to Save Energy at Home & at Work!

Join us and the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) for free training on how to reduce your energy use at work and save energy and money at home.  

Monday, November 3 from 12:30 to 1:00.  Location to be provided after registration.  
Register here.  The deadline to register is October 31. 

Our New Sustainability Intern

Hello everyone!  My name is Rachel Stobb and I am the Sustainability Intern for Fall 2014 here at the Minnesota Historical Society.  This semester I will be working with Shengyin to further the Sustainability and More for the Mission campaigns.  I am excited to learn more about MNHS’s sustainability efforts and look forward to contributing to and furthering these initiatives.   I will be regularly posting on our blog, so I figure I should share a little bit about myself!

Sustainability Feature in Latest Issue of Museum

The latest July / August 2014 issue of Museum features the white paper on sustainability standards developed by AAM's PIC-Green (American Alliance of Museum's Professional Network on Green Museums).  The feature is an excerpt from the full white paper that describes the challenges of museum sustainbility and the current state of standards in the wider sustainability field.  

Minnesota Historical Society's sustainability program is one of the case studies referenced in the white paper for our approach that is "rooted in science and data."

Nice Ride Minnesota

The fact that the Twin Cities has consistently been named the best bike city is the United States may surprise people, considering the bitter cold winters, but because of programs like Nice Ride and the interconnected park systems the Twin Cities will always be a bike friendly community. Nice Ride not only allows citizens to get to and from work, errands, and other daily tasks, but also provides means of exploring the Twin Cities.