In This Issue
Bike Walk to Work Week!
Bike Walk to Work Week

Taking place between June 2nd and 10th, find out more information at their Official Website
 
Sponsored by the Macalester Student Sustainability office
Dear Macalester,

I hope everyone is relaxing in their home countries and home states from the tough year of school!

This being the first newsletter of the summer, the number of campus sustainability events has seen a huge decline! That being said, the sustainability office continues to have a number of projects going on at the moment which we hope will sponsor more sustainable activity on campus during the next school year. Furthermore, sustainability events in the Twin Cities have not let up, and you can read up on a lot of these events in this month's newsletter.
Annual Twin Cities Bike Walk Week
Next month marks the annual Twin Cities Bike Walk Week. Between June 2 - 10, the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis are asking for your pledge to replace at least one car trip with biking or walking. The hope is for you and your community to develop a new, more active, and more social routine for getting around.

 

With the summer season now in full swing, the organizers hope that participants will be encouraged to make meaningful lifestyle changes for the betterment oneself and one's own community. Programs like Bike Walk Week make a larger statement about the current economic climate, which is that there have always been sustainable ways to be healthy in body, mind and wallet. It's a statement to the world that even the smallest lifestyle changes can lead to significant improvements.

 

Benefits aside, Bike Walk Week is a fun and smart way to spend part of your time this summer. If you want to get more involved, check out the website at:

Learn all about Bike Mojo in Minneapolis at Youtube:


For those who are interested in publicly commuting to wherever you go, there is also the monthly Commuter Challenge, which offers prizes for people who track their progress in using public transportation, biking or walking.
More information is available here:

http://www.mycommuterchallenge.org/ 
Worm Composting on Selby Ave.
On Sunday, June 17 Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply is hosting a worm composting workshop for beginners, compost enthusiasts, and those wanting to learn more about the ins and outs of worm composting. The cost is $15 for the workshop and $45 if you are interested in leaving the workshop with a fully functional worm bin using the system demonstrated during the workshop.
 
This is of special interest to Macalester as the Sustainability Office is hoping to increase composting on campus next school year. This event would be a great way for students to learn what goes on under the ground.

 

Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply is a small family-owned company borne out of a love of gardening, growing food, and backyard homesteading in the city. They are located at 1771 Selby Avenue between Fairview and Wheeler in St. Paul, MN. On-street parking is available on Selby and on Wheeler. Also, a five-minute walk from Macalester.

 

The person who will be directing the workshop is Neil Cunningham. He is a writer, working entomologist, urban naturalist, environmental educator, and one of a growing unknown number of advocate/practitioners of the emerging field of urban agriculture.

  

More information about the program can be found at their website:

  

http://eggplantsupply.com/Home.html 

Earn-a-Bike with Cycles for Change
Now that summer is finally here, why not spend some time learning valuable skills in mechanical bike repair, while volunteering to earn a bike that you can call your own? The Cycles for Change bike/repair shop on University ave allow you to volunteer your time for 12 hours to earn a bike of your choosing, after your orientation and volunteer session have been completed.

The first session is on June 9th. Contact Angie at Cycles for Change if you are interested in participating.

  

More information about the program can be found at their website:

  

http://eggplantsupply.com/Home.html 

Congratulations to Class of 2012...
... and thank you for the caps and gowns! Graduated seniors recently donated a few boxes full of graduation caps and gowns. The caps and gowns will be donated to the Minneapolis Internship Charter High School. They wish to thank everyone who contributed, and so do we here at the sustainability office.

Let's keep up the sharing and giving, one of the kindest and generous ways of contributing to the community in a sustainable manner!
Hope everyone is having a great summer! This has been a short newsletter, but more to come soon!
 
Sincerely,
 

Maria Langholz & Brendan Pierce
Macalester Sustainability Office

 
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