Sustainability Images

For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 20, 2015

Sustainability Images

Film in the MNHS cold storage facility

Extending the life of artifacts is the goal of a cold storage project funded in part by an NEH planning grant. By restructuring and upgrading the mechanical systems, MNHS has determined ways to extend the life of very delicate film materials by four times its current expected life projection, while also saving $16,000 a year in energy costs.

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New LED light fixtures in "Then Now Wow" gallery at the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul has reduced energy usage by 50% over the six year period from 2008 to 2014,reducing annual costs by more than $300,000.

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Food waste from Cafe Minnesota is recycled into safe food supply for local pig farms.

Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced across the institution through expanded use of recycling bins and innovative waste recycling programs. For example, the History Center's Cafe Minnesota partners with Barthold Recycling, which picks up food waste and processes it into a safe food supply for local pig farms. Since 2009, 150 tons of food waste has been diverted from the landfill.

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Rendering of new Oliver Kelley Farm visitor center

The new Oliver Kelley Farm visitor center, slated to open in spring 2017, will incorporate sustainable features that will keep the operating and maintenance costs at nearly current levels, despite plans to triple the size of the current visitor center. In addition, the new visitor center will be LEED Gold certified.

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Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post

"Re-use of historic and older buildings, greening the existing building stock, and reinvestment in older and historic communities, is crucial to combating climate change." National Trust for Historic Preservation

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