Sustainability of Programs and Facilities

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session, chapter 137, article 4, section 2, subdivision 5, (b) (2) Programs
Appropriation Language

Programs: $5,525,000 the first year and $5,675,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Metrics play a central role in strategizing and prioritizing sustainability initiatives. The three primary measurable outcomes include (1) annual cost savings, (2) greenhouse gas emissions reductions from FY 2010 baseline levels, and (3) return on investment of sustainability initiatives. In FYs 14 and 15, the project will target $200,000 in cost savings, 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and targeting return on investments of 10% or more. The project also maintains long-term goals. For FY 16 and beyond, the project is targeting $240,000 in annual savings from a long-term energy and water project, an additional 20% in greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and return on investment rates of 5% or more.

Recipient Board Members
"Minnesota Historical Society Governing Board:

William R. Stoeri, President
Missy S. Thompson, Vice President
Ruth Huss, Vice President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer

Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Robert Bruininks
Judith S. Corson
D. Stephen Elliott
Phyllis Rawls Goff
William D. Green
David R. Hakensen
Ruth S. Huss
Martha Kaemmer
Dennis L. Lamkin
David M. Larson
Charles Mahar
Dean M. Nelson
Elizabeth M. Nordlie
Dennis Nguyen
Peter R. Reis
Hussein Samatar
Simon Stevens
Susan Kenny Stevens
William R. Stoeri
Karen Wilson Thissen
Missy Staples Thompson
Eleanor Winston

Mark Dayton, Governor
Yvonne Prattner Solon Lieutenant Governor
Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor"
Project Overview
The Minnesota Historical Society continues to strive for environmental, economic and social sustainability with its third year of the sustainability program. Continued focus is being placed on educating staff and visitors about sustainability through the project's "More for the Mission" campaign. Sustainability campaigns include a staff alternative commuting event and an upcoming staff stair campaign. The goal of these projects is to engage staff in the significance of sustainability in their daily lives. In addition, recent energy-efficiency projects within our buildings will get MNHS closer to the sustainability audit targets of a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New LED lighting in the office and conference spaces will save $90,000 annually and reduce institutional GHG emissions by 9%. Legacy Amendment funding also enabled MNHS to obtain a Fidelity Foundation Grant that helped replace incandescent gallery lights with new high quality LED fixtures and lamp retrofits. These new gallery lights are in place at Mill City Museum, Minnesota History Center and Split Rock Lighthouse. Looking beyond the best practices for energy in our buildings, the sustainability program is also researching new approaches for museum and historic site sustainability, including ways to reduce the energy impact from specialized cold and cool storage areas in museums. MNHS staff have presented in a number of professional conferences, including the American Alliance of Museums, Association for Preservation Technology and the National Council for Public History. MNHS projects that over the next five years, sustainability initiatives will save more than $1.8 million and reduce GHG emissions by 15%. Initiatives to date have achieved 10% institutional GHG emission reductions in the last three years.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code