Eco-Destinations

There are six destinations within the Saint Paul EcoDistrict. Each destination showcases multiple technologies or sustainability initiatives. Click on one of the destinations below to learn more and plan your visit.

The Science Museum of Minnesota has lots of eco-innovations for you to discover. Do a self-guided walking tour of the energy features of Science House during the summer when the museum’s outdoor environmental science park, the Big Back Yard, is open. Look carefully at the streetlights in front of Science House to spot a temperature sensor mounted to one of the poles. This sensor is one of many installed across the Twin Cities by the University of Minnesota to study into how differen...

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District Energy St. Paul is a very unique utility that generates heating, cooling, and electricity for the community. Most people recognize the big plant next to the Science Museum, but don’t know that there are lots of great things happening on that small site. Pipes run from that building to hundreds of buildings in downtown Saint Paul, providing them with heating and cooling. The heat comes from the waste heat leftover from the process of power production, which also utilizes waste w...

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George Latimer Central Library

Visitors to the historic George Latimer Central Library will find that energy efficiency is seamlessly integrated into the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Efficient light bulbs in period chandeliers and sconces illuminate the library’s marble stairwells and distinctive interiors, such as the second floor Nicholson Common...

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Near the intersection of Kellogg Blvd and West 7th Street sits a campus of diverse, yet connected event venues. Xcel Energy Center, home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild hockey team, Saint Paul RiverCentre the capital city’s luminous convention center and The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium, a 5500 seat auditorium. These facilities have made incredible strides in sustainability, reducing the amount of electricity, heating, and cooling they use to make the building comfortable and t...

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Driving an electric vehicle does more than just get you where you need to go. These vehicles are helping to clean our air. Over the life of most electric vehicles, drivers are able to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 tons! Driving an electric car is becoming easier and easier as cities across the nation have been offering car charging stations so you aren’t left with a dead battery when it’s time to hit the road. Saint Paul has installed 23 public stations for charging all-electric...

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Solar is quickly becoming a more common energy application in Minnesota and Saint Paul has been on the forefront of solar development. In the last decade, dozens of solar projects have been launched in the city, including 5 permanent and 1 temporary installation along the riverfront.

The largest of the installations is along the Saint Paul River Centre parking ramp and can be seen from many places along the river. This 82 kilowatt project has been operating since 2011 and generates ap...

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