Your resource for advancing sustainability at Macalester

The Sustainability Office is a resource for encouraging and enabling the advancement of sustainability across campus. It does this by:

  • Helping to form connections between students, staff, faculty and the senior administration
  • Creating and supporting campus communication structures
  • Acting as a central hub of information on sustainability
  • Supporting sustainability projects and policies

The Sustainability Office works in conjunction with and under the oversight of the Sustainability Advisory Committee.

Monthly Themes

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The Sustainability Office uses critical issues inspired by the United Nations Rio + 20 sustainability conference event as monthly themes.

This year's themes will be:

  • September - Cities/Transportation
  • October - Food
  • November - Disasters
  • December - Jobs
  • February - Energy
  • March - Waste
  • April - Water/Oceans
  • May - Jobs

Office Location

The Sustainability Office is located on the first floor of Kagin Commons. Suzanne Savanick Hansen is the Sustainability Manager and Kurt Miller is the Sustainability Project Coordinator.

The office also has numerous student workers throughout the school year and Summer.  A role of one of the student workers in the office is to coordinate the Sustainability Student Worker Network – a group of student employees in other departments that focus their work on Sustainability.  The network has regular meetings during non-business hours to meet the needs of students. Email the if you would like to learn more about the Sustainability Student Worker Network.

Progress Report

This annual report describes the progress we have made toward our sustainability goals and provides a summary of actions taken in each goal area. Overall, we have significantly reduced our waste through our food waste to pig feed program. Our greenhouse gas emissions appear not to have changed significantly over last year, but significant progress has occurred in the areas of planning and incorporating sustainability into campus operations and student life.  In the year ahead, we will continue work on an ambitious Landscaping Master Plan that will guide the college in how to include low maintenance, sustainable landscaping on campus. In addition, we will explore more ways we can incorporate sustainability into education.

Read Progress Report