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Our Green Commitment

One of the great things about working at CMCH is the organization’s commitment to the legacy of the past, as well as paying attention to the legacy we are leaving to the future. The CMCH Green Committee is made up of a rotating group of members who are interested in helping to promote environmentally friendly practices throughout museum operations. Each member of the committee has big dreams for what CMCH can do within its everyday business practices, as well as what CMCH can contribute to the local ecosystem where our building is located!  

Since 2018, CMCH staff have participated in an annual Earth Day Cleanup on the CMCH grounds. Situated on 7 acres that backs up to wooded areas along the North Branch of the Park River, we regularly see wildlife pass through like turkeys and red-tailed hawks (big fans of the resident squirrels and rabbits) and have even had visitors like bobcats and bears! On Earth Day, staff volunteers take their lunch breaks to don gloves and haul trash bags to pick up the wooded and less-trodden corners of our grounds.  

This year, we faced Spring snow and gusty winds—yikes!  

Staff clean up around the Museum grounds for Earth Day

The Green Committee has a number of indoor projects in the works, including improving paper use and recycling efforts, pushing for reduced plastic use, and seeing where more energy-efficient lighting can be put to use in the CMCH!  

As part of enjoying and utilizing our beautiful grounds, the Green Committee is trying to find new ways for us to enjoy the outdoors at CMCH! We’re excited to see the outdoor concert series return this summer on our lawn, and there are many family programs that will include outdoor components!  

As part of helping our local pollinators, one of the CMCH raised beds will feature a number of native wildflowers this year—stop in to see what kinds of butterflies and bees drop by! We hope eventually to have a full-scale pollinator garden on the CMCH grounds—if you would like to support this effort, please contact Kate Schramm at [email protected]

The Green Committee will continue to explore ways that the CMCH can be a good neighbor to our human community as well as our natural environment.  

It just goes to show that you can love history AND nature—the two are mutually compatible! 

By: Kate Schramm & Tasha Caswell

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