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Saint Paul: Code Green encourages folks to explore the city

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Last Thursday marked the start of Visit Saint Paul's Code Green campaign, a city-wide summertime tour promoting exploration of the capitol city.

The name of the promotion comes from its use of QR code, which is similar to a bar code, which can be scanned and read by most smart phones. The technology is definitely having a moment; it's been featured in art shows, on record albums, and even embedded in print advertisements. [jump] To participate in Code Green you must first visit the project's official website for a list of locations, ranging from the Science Museum to St. Paul City Hall to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Once at a destination, keep an eye out for the QR code. After it's scanned, your phone should direct you to a microsite filled with fun facts, eco-friendly info, discounts, and freebies available at your location.

At each site there will also be opportunities to enter to win prizes, including 2001 Chevrolet Volt, green household appliances, bicycles, and more.