Sustainability

  • Zero Wast 2020
  • Carbon Neutral 2025
  • Eduating Leaders

We've got big plans

Macalester is educating a new generation of leaders about the importance of sustainability while providing hands-on experiences. The Sustainability Office actively engages students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the goals of making Macalester a zero-waste and carbon-neutral college.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is the continuous effort to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs by working toward a healthy environment, social justice, and strong economy.  At Macalester, sustainability is infused throughout our core values of academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. (2009 Sustainability Plan Definition)

Macalester College Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements

August 2014 - Macalester College receives a STARS Gold Rating in recognition of their sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a program of AASHE that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.  More information