What is sustainability at Macalester?

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.

We've got big plans

Help Shape our Plans

The Sustainability Advisory Committee needs everyone's help shaping the next version of Macalester's Sustainability Plan. The next scheduled plan revision will occur in 2020, so it's crucial we get everyone's input now. Please review the Macalester College 2016 Sustainability Plan and use the Sustainability Plan Feedback Form to submit any comments.

Sustainable Scots Newsletter

The Sustainability Office publishes the Sustainable Scots Newsletter which highlights our monthly theme and is a comprehensive perspective on all things sustainable at Macalester.

Macalester Sustainability News

Macalester Named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Across the country, 47 schools, 15 districts, and 11 postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Macalester College has a long-standing tradition of sustainability particularly as it relates to Macalester’s broader commitments to internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.  more

See the letter from the Secretary of Education

Macalester Signs the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge

Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has signed The Obama Administration's American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge, joining more than 200 campuses across the country, before the United Nations Conference on Climate Change begins in Paris. The details of Macalester's commitment can be found in the American Campuses Act Press Release.  The White House American Campuses Act Fact Sheet provides more information about the pledge as well as the entire list of participating institutions.

Macalester College receives Sierra Magazine's 2015 Coolest Schools Special Achievement Award for Purchasing

Macalester earned a Special Achievement Award for our efforts in Purchasing; Macalester ranked first of 153 schools for this category.  We are close to the top, ranking 37 out of the same 153 in overall score.  The Sierra Club maintains the Cool Schools Full Ranking.

Sierra is the official publication of the Sierra Club, America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels, and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation.

Macalester College Receives STARS Gold Rating from AASHE

Macalester College received a Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of their sustainability achievements.  STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a comprehensive analysis of Sustainability efforts across the institution.  Macalester's STARS assessment report contains details about our Sustainability achievements, as well as our opportunities.

Macalester Students Observe COP21

The Macalester Sustainability Office has partnered with the Environmental Studies Department and Faculty Roopali Phadke in a semester-long class culminating in a trip to COP21 as observers.

The United National Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France has provided a perfect backdrop for Macalester students to observe the conference as well as research civil society events, with the Sustainability Office focusing on the responses to climate change through the lenses of urban areas and in higher education as a whole.  We invite you to stay connected to the class while they are away through their Paris Climate Talks Blog.