Environmental Groups

EcoHouse Advisory Committee

The EcoHouse Advisory Committee oversees research, education, and outreach with the EcoHouse student residence. The committee includes a faculty member, the High Winds Director, students living in house, the sustainability manager, and a student affairs representative.

Mac Bike

Mac Bike focuses on teaching riders how to repair their bikes, planning rides through the greater Twin Cities, and working to increase bike advocacy. This organization maintains the bike workshop located next to the Mac Weekly office. Mac Bike feels bike use is important as a way to limit pollution while having fun and getting where you need to go.

Macalester Conservation and Renewable Energy Society (MacCARES)

MacCARES is an organization dedicated to bringing the advances in conservation practices and renewable energy to Macalester. Focusing on student projects and practical implementation, they work to bring the way we live into alignment with the ideals we hold.

Macalester Greens

The Greens are a student-run, activist-political organization that works to forward the Green Party’s 10 key values: grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom, feminism, social justice, nonviolence, community-base economics, personal and global responsibility, respect for diversity, decentralization, and future focus. Macalester Greens work closely on projects with other student organizations of similar vision.

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group

The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) is a grassroots, student directed, non-partisan organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest statewide.

Macalester Urban Land and Community Health (MULCH)

MULCH is the student organization that loves dirt and believes that getting dirty is healthy for the soil, healthy for us, and healthy for the campus community. They tend to the community garden by the field house and attempt to raise sustainable agricultural awareness as best we can.

Mac Weekly

The Mac Weekly serves as a source of information for the college, a forum for debate within the community, and a training ground for students who wish to gain experience in journalism. Environmental articles or writings from any student are welcome in the weekly column “The Avocado Pit.”

Outing Club

Adventure in the great outdoors. That’s what the Outing Club offers through inexpensive trips, reasonable gear rental and expedition planning assistance. Get in contact with the environment and learn to appreciate the earth.

Sustainable Advisory Committee

The Campus Environmental Issues Committee (CEIC) and the Presidents Climate Commitment Committee merged to become the new Sustainability Advisory Committee in spring 2008. The mission of the Sustainability Advisory Committee is to oversee the implementation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration. The committee will also recommend policies and practices which best reflect College’s commitment to an environmentally sustainable world. In addition, the committee will function as a conduit for information exchange about campus sustainability initiatives.

Zero Waste Committee

To work towards the goal of Zero waste, the Zero Waste committee is an advisory group to provide leadership for the Macalester College Recycling Organization (MacRO) program. In addition, the Zero Waste Committee will advise the Facilities Management department, and MacRO, on strategies for successful campus recycling efforts. Contact Mark Dickinison, Facilities Services Director for more information.