Signed Commitments

The Macalester College Sustainability Plan is designed to comprehensively address our signed commitments. The next version of the Sustainability Plan will incorporate the Real Food Challenge and the Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions on the Occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Sustainability Plan

Real Food Campus Commitment

In Fall 2012 Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, which requires the college to purchase 30 percent “real food” by 2020. “Real food” refers to local or community-based, fair and humane, and ecologically sound.

Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions

On April 18, 2012, President Brian Rosenberg signed the “Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions on the Occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development."

This Declaration expressly connects Macalester’s history of internationalism with our strong commitment to sustainability.

American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

President Rosenberg In 2007, Macalester College President Rosenberg signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which committed Macalester College to becoming climate neutral (no net greenhouse gas emissions) by 2025 and incorporating sustainability and climate issues in education. Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions on the Occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

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Talloires Declaration

President McPherson In 2000, Macalester College President McPherson signed on to the Talloires Declaration, the first official statement made by university administrators of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education. The Declaration includes a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.

departmental sustainability action plans

The Macalester Sustainability Plan calls for Sustainability Action Plans at the departmental level in 2009-2010 for Campus Life and Operations and in 2010-2011 for Advancement, Academics and Admissions. 

The Departmental Action Plans are designed to identify and celebrate projects already underway, identify goals and assistance needed. In this way, we can implement the sustainability plan in the same participatory way as the plan was developed when over 400 people from across campus provided input to the sustainability strategic plan.

Departmental Action Plans: