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Heritage 2012 Conference Highlights

Having just returned from the Heritage 2012 Conference in Porto, Portugal, here are some of the highlights from the trip... (read more)

  • Conference had a great range of topics, with sessions on heritage and governance, heritage and society, heritage and environment, heritage and economics, heritage and culture, and heritage and education. 
  • The special session on preservation of historic buildings was particularly interesting, with new topics such as millimeter wave technology for disinfecting historic structures and new methods of grout injection.
  • The conference organized a number of social events following the sessions, including tours of the city, traditional celebrations for St. John's, and boat tours of the river.
  • Made connections with many people working on research on sustainability and heritage, including professors and practitioners from Spain, Australia, Canada, and the UK. 
  • Our presentation was well received and sparked interesting conversations about short-term and long-term options for sustainability in heritage buildings. 

More information to come, or you can contact me - shengyin.xu@mnhs.org.

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More for the Mission Kick-Off

Thanks to everyone who attended the More for the Mission Reception yesterday. It was great sharing our project with you and talking to people who are excited to get involved. 

More for the Mission reception setup.

More for the Mission Event Today

Today will mark the start of the More for the Mission campaign, where we extend our project from building and infrastructure changes into engagement of staff, visitors, and members.  Our campaign will promote the idea that our sustainability efforts saves money that can go towards achieving our institutional mission.  Today's event for MHS staff will start at the 2pm Staff Forum, where a short presentation will introduce the project.  At 3pm, a reception outside the 3M Auditorium will provide more information, as well as some treats and a surprise!  MHS Green Team members will be at the reception to continue the conversations on sustainability and the More for the Mission campaign. 

Hope to see all MHS staff there today!

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The first Earth Day in the U.S. was April 22, 1970. Founded by the U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, the day was inspired by the student anti-war movement. With a national coordinator and 85 staff members, Nelson was able to create a moment where 20 million Americans “took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies” (Earth Day Network). As the day took hold in the U.S., in 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people around the world in 141 countries and “lifting environmental issues onto [the] world stage” (Earth Day Network).

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The importance of recycling is one of the many concepts being promoted as a strategy to green your life. With recycling programs and recycled materials being promoted so frequently, recycling should be easy, right? Not only is recycling more complicated than you may think, it requires time to do it right. This blog post will help illustrate that recycling is not as straightforward as it could be here in Minnesota, and give a look into a more ideal system in Philadelphia.