New Kelley Farm Visitor Center will be a LEED Gold and B3 Sustainable Building

The Minnesota Historical Society will utilize USGBC’s LEED Green Building Design and Construction Certification system as a way to support the mission of the Oliver Kelley Farm:

“...interpret the history of family farms, Kelley Family, and MN’s agriculture past, present and future to nurture an understanding of where our food comes from and agriculture’s image on our world...”

LEED supports this by guiding an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable infrastructure to deliver this outcome.  It is also responsible for significant market transformation in sustainable building, and is often recognized by general audiences as well as those in the construction industry.  In particular, the team is targeting Gold certification (of Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels).  

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.

Opening of the Green Line

As many of you may be aware the Green Line will be opening soon, providing transit from downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul. The line has 9.8 miles of track, 18 stations, and will take approximately 40 minutes to get from downtown to downtown.

Twin Cities Bike Week

This week is Twin Cities Bike Week. Several events are going on throughout the Twin Cities during the week. The campaign encourages people to get on a bike and ride to work, school, or other activities. Check out some of the events or enjoy the spring weather, hop on your bike and go for a ride.


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. 

Happy Bike Walk Week!

Bike Walk Week, the Twin Cities' annual celebration of biking and walking, is next week! Are you ready?

If you signed up for the Commuter Challenge back in April, this is a great time for you to make good on your pledge.  All it takes is going by foot or by bike for a trip you would usually drive during the week of June 9th.  It doesn't have to be a long trip, and it doesn't even have to be your commute to work, we just ask that you try leaving your car behind to get from point A to point B.

Commuter Challenge Follow-up

Last week we held a kick-off event and resource fair for the More for the Mission Commuter Challenge.  The event was intended to encourage MHS staff to sign up for the Commuter Challenge- a pledge to try taking the bus or train, bicycling, carpooling, walking, teleworking or vanpooling to work instead of driving alone at least once between now and June 30th.  Over 65 staff, volunteers and interns signed up for the Challenge at the event, a 20% increase in participation from last year!  Those who signed up at the event were entered to win some door prizes, including $10 Go-To passes and a laminated Twin Cities bike route map ($12 value).  All those staff who took the pledge (in person or online) will also be entered into the Commuter Challenge-sponsored prize drawing.

The event featured resources from St. Paul Smart Trips, a nonprofit organization that provides information and resources about transportation options in and around St. Paul.  Staff had a chance to ask questions about potential commuting routes and pick up helpful resources such as transit, skyway and bike path maps.  Shengyin also had a table with updates about the More for the Mission campaign, which is on track to reduce the MN Historical Society's greenhouse gas emissions by 1.9 million kg.  That is equivalent to removing the annual emissions from 380 cars and saves the organization a five year total of $1.7 million.  

MHS Commuter Challenge

Minnesota Historical Society Commuter Challenge Kick-off and Resource Fair!

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.