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Earth Week Event

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 since then over 192 countries and 1 billion people participate in the worldwide event. Earth Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21st, but since the growth of the Earth Day network environmental programs throughout the country take place throughout the entire week.

Walk to Work Day

Do you need to increase your steps count as the final week of the 'Take the Stairs' steps contest (don't forget to log your steps here) finishes up? There is a national event that can help you get your last minute steps. Friday, April 4th is Walk to Work Day. 

The Revival of Streetcar Systems and Principles

Although transportation systems, such as roads, rails, and sidewalks can go unnoticed they oftentimes shape our cities in layout, growth, and development. Some examples of how transit systems have shaped a city are Chicago and the “L”, New York City and the subway, Copenhagen’s bike friendly streets, and London and the Tube. A city can prosper from a functional, well-planned transit system. Transit systems allow for access to goods, jobs, and other amenities necessary for living. 

Take the Stairs Contest

Since the beginning of the 'Take the Stairs' Campaign 8 weeks ago we have had several requests for a healthy competition tied to the 'Take the Stairs' initiative. The 'Take the Stairs' campaign will be initiating a steps contest. The directions for the contest are below. 

Take the Stairs Update

Two weeks ago the More for the Mission campaign rolled out our ‘Take the Stairs’ initiative. We set out to promote a healthy work environment while conserving both time and energy.

Since the start of the campaign we have received several questions about some of the statistics present on the postcards. Below are some of the statistics we discovered while collecting information about the elevators.

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?

Ergonomics at your workstation

The importance of a healthy indoor environment was discussed in our previous blog post. Although most of the things discussed previously are hard to accomplish as a staff member there are things that you can do to make your workspace a more productive and comfortable environment. One of these things is ergonomics, or workplace equipment design that is meant to reduce fatigue and increase productivity.

Workplace Well-being - Indoor Environmental Quality

As mentioned in the previous blog post, corporate and institutional sustainability reports should cover all three pillars of sustainability. Social sustainability can be seen as the hardest topic to address, but is essential to creating an engaged work community. One area an institution can be socially sustainable is maintaining a healthy work environment for its staff members.

Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

During the past few weeks of my internship at MHS I have begun to draw parallels between how MHS operates compared to the University of Minnesota, my other place of employment. Working in two different office settings has allowed me to see how both institutions are similar and different. A parallel that relates directly to my work are the sustainability initiatives and engagement campaigns at both institutions. Having been at the U for 5 years I have grown accustomed to their campaigns, almost forgetting the signs to turn off the light even exist.

Highlights from APT New York 2013

This year’s Association for Preservation Technology International Conference was in Times Square, New York.   While it was my first time at an APT Conference, I was still very impressed with the level of discussion starting with a great keynote on local conservation issues to a great panel on education and sustainability in heritage preservation on the last day.  I also had the pleasure of presenting on a panel on American and European perspectives on energy efficiency and historic preservation.  The following post includes some highlights from my panel as well as other sessions.