SUSTAINABLE SCOTS NEWSLETTER
Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office
October 3rd, 2012
Highlights of this Issue
At Macalester
EnviroThursdays
International Roundtable
MSP Housing + Transportation Cost Calculator
Off Campus
Minnesota Solar Tour
Coffee with Congress
Grant Opportunities
Questions?


Hello everyone! 

 

This year, the Macalester College Sustainability Office will be using the critical issues identified by the United Nations Rio + 20 event as the office monthly themes for the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition, the Institute for Global Citizenship will be joining us by incorporating the themes into their agenda. This year's themes will be:

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

*Waste is the only non-UN critical issue.

 

This month we will be focusing on issues involving food. Check out the Macalester News and Events section of this newsletter to find out more about specific happenings this month!

Hope the beginning of the semester has been going well for everyone, have a lovely week,

Maria Langholz
mlanghol@macalester.edu


DID YOU KNOW...
In the first month of school we as a Macalester community, printed over 400,000 pages on lab computers! 

Try to reduce printing by always printing double-sided, consider if you really "need" to print your document, and utilize the option of resizing in order to fit multiple pages on to one sheet of paper.
Macalester News and Events

EnviroThursdays

Olin Rice 250 at noon, light lunch provided

 

OCTOBER 4, 2012

"Field Notes from the Campaign of a Republican Climate Change Activist"

Speaker:  John Howard  

 

OCTOBER 11, 2012 ,11:20 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center   Macalester International Roundtable Lecture: "The Long Green Revolution"

Speaker:  Raj Patel, University of California, Berkeley


For the most up-to-date descriptions of the presenters and their topics, check out the Enviro-Thursday webpage:

 http://www.macalester.edu/academics/environmentalst

udies/envirothursday/envirothursdayfall2012.html  

19th Annual International Roundtable
Feeding the World: Globalization, Food, and Agriculture in the 21st Century
October 11-12, 2012

 

This year's International Roundtable will take place on Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, 2012, and seeks to cultivate a civil and respectful exchange between those with contrasting views on how best to feed the world sustainably. The activities on Thursday will include keynote addresses by internationally recognized scholars Raj Patel, Ivette Perfecto, and Joshua Muldavin, followed by a constructive critique from two members of the agri-food business community, Steven Peterson and Jennifer Shaw. The day will end with a moderated roundtable discussion and a reception for making connections. 

 

For a complete schedule and list of speakers, go to:

http://www.macalester.edu/igc/publicforums/roundtable/

Mac Free Swap!
Feel free to stop by the Mac Free Swap, located next to the Sustainability Office in Kagin, to check out all the awesome and FREE stuff! Also, we are always looking for donations- so if you have extra things sitting around, that someone else may find useful, feel free to drop them off!
Check it Out!
New to the Sustainability Update!
 
We have a new feature this year, a biweekly news update in which we will be summarizing news items happening in the wider world.  

The following page will be updated periodically to keep the Macalester community up-to-date with global sustainability happenings:
We hope that this initiative will allow the Macalester community to remain constantly aware of contemporary developments regarding environmental and sustainability issues at the international, national as well as state and local level. In addition, we hope this effort will allow our community to further reflect on Macalester College's core values in promoting internationalism, multiculturalism and global citizenship, recognizing that sustainability is a cross-cutting issue that tangibly affects all of us.

Feel free to send any news articles, feedback and comments to Zhe Yu Lee at zlee@macalester.edu. 
MSP Housing + Transportation Cost Calculator
 
The Urban Land Institute recently launched an online, customizable tool to help individuals, households, planners, and municipalities in the Twin Cities area understand the true costs of housing and transportation, as well as how these costs can vary from place to place. 
 
Designed specifically for the 13-county region, 
the Housing + Transportation Calculator allows users to easily estimate their combined housing 
and transportation costs and compare details with the average cost in their neighborhood and the region.
 
Check it out: http://minnesota.uli.org/ 
A few interesting websites to browse:

Creative ways to reuse thrift store finds:


Get in the fall mood and make something tasty with pumpkin!

http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/easy-vegetarian-recipes/10-inventive-pumpkin-recipes-whoopie-pies-tamales/

 

Pictures from the Solar Decathlon in Europe- an event where design and engineering students displayed their innovation ideas for the capabilities of solar energy

http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/green-architecture/solar-decathlon-europe-shows-solar-skills-design-and-engineering-students-around-world/

 

Off-Campus Happenings
2012 Minnesota Solar Tour 
Saturday, October 6th 

Sponsored by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES), the self-guided, public Minnesota Solar Tour, taking place statewide on Saturday, October 6th,  features 50+ exemplary homes, businesses, and institutions that have incorporated renewable energy into the design and operation of their buildings.  
 
A highlight of this year's event is a bike tour of South Minneapolis neighborhoods. A variety of technologies will be featured on this subset of the larger tour, including: PV panels, solar hot water, solar air heat and geothermal heating/cooling. Additional highlights include various examples of sustainable living, ranging from a green roof to chickens in the city, and an electric car.  
 
For more information: http://mnrenewables.org/solar-tour
Coffee with Congress: Representative Keith Ellison  
October 10th, 9 am 
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis   
 
Environment Minnesota and the Alliance for Sustainability will be hosting an event called "Coffee with Congress." Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota's 5th District will meet with community members to discuss today's most pressing environmental concerns over a cup of coffee. If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact Wout Hammink at whammink@macalester.edu.
Green Ideas & God! 
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413  
 
Environment Minnesota and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light will come together to explore the response of religion to the reality of climate change. Join Muslim, Christian and Jewish faith leaders Tamim Saidi, Rev. Gwin Pratt and Rabbi Esther Adler as they examine the contributions of the three great Abrahamic religions to caring for creation,fighting climate change and preserving environmental stewardship.  
 
For more information, and to reserve your spot, go to: 
Buy Recycled: 100% Postconsumer Recycled Copy Paper!

Eureka Recycling's Recycled Paper Co-op allows individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Twin Cities area to purchase recycled paper at a reduced cost. By combining smaller orders, we get a bulk discount from the supplier and pass the savings on to you. Buying through our co-op is the easiest and most affordable way for you to purchase environmentally friendly copy paper for yourself or your office. Place your order between October 1 and October 18.

About the Paper
Eureka Recycling's Recycled Paper Co-op offers the most environmentally friendly copy paper on the market today. We've sifted through information on recycled content, chlorine bleaching, and various certifications, so we are sure that the paper we offer is the best choice for the environment. You can find more details about this paper on our website. In the last year, nearly 5 million sheets of this paper were purchased and used successfully by our co-op partners!

Order Now:
Visit www.eurekarecycling.org to find more information and download order forms. The order deadline is Thursday, October 18, 2012 with pickup or delivery in early December. If you don't need these products now, but would like to stay informed about future product availability and order deadlines, just call (651) 222-7678 or email us at buyrecycled@eurekarecycling.org and we'll keep you in the loop!
Conferences and Educational Opportunities 
The Environment and Christianity- An Intercampus Opportunity

 

Are you a student interested in creation care? Do you want to better engage your campus around the environment and faith? 

 

Then join Restoring Eden, a Minnesota creation care ministry, for their fall student leadership retreat Friday October 12th to Sunday October 14th in Minong, Wisconsin.  It will be a cozy, small gathering to learn how to better engage your campus around the environment, enjoy the outdoors, meet other students, gain new leadership skills, and brainstorm ways to better coordinate with other campuses in Minnesota to protect the environment. We will be staying in a cabin within a couple hours' drive from the Twin Cities for a rustic and intimate retreat. 

The cost for the trip is only $30 and includes food and lodging. Transportation to the retreat is not included, but carpools can be organized.

 

Space is limited- register by October 5th!

More information: http://restoringeden.org/newsandevents/current-events

or email: Alexis@RestoringEden.org

 

Internship and Grant Opportunities!

Action Fund for Community Projects

Applications due October 10, 2012  

 

Do you have an idea for a community project and need funds to make it happen?
 
The Action Fund can help!  You may receive up to $500, if your project is in collaboration with a community partner with an educational component.

Students are welcome to view the scrapbook on display in the Civic Engagement Center (third floor, Markim Hall) for ideas.More information and application instructions available on the
Environmental Arts Intern at Urban Arts Academy
Open for applications until the position is filled

Urban Arts Academy is a nonprofit organization that offers free and low-cost arts education to children and families in South Minneapolis. We believe that every child is born an artist, and work hard to increase access to non-traditional ways of learning through our Preschool Arts and Afterschool Arts programs.  
Urban Arts Academy is now accepting applications for our Environmental Arts Internship. Interns work closely with staff in developing curriculum around sustainability, Interns will also work with students, local artists, and community activists to promote a healthy, "green" program. Previous projects have included the installation and care of our urban garden and earth boxes, the use of recycled and found materials in art, and education about sustainability and recycling. 
 
Program Development Intern: Focus on Zero-Waste Events (Eureka Recycling)
Accepting Applications until position filled

The Program Development Intern will support the zero-waste event program and other zero-waste and composting programs. This will include hands on labor for events including organizing equipment and working at the Summit Backyard Bash, Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour, and other community events that are partnering with Eureka Recycling to work towards zero waste. Work may also participating in waste sorts to identify potential diversion, data analysis of ours and other's findings and work on research to support the event program and other projects of Eureka Recycling. 
 
Find more information at:
Sustainability Small Project Fund
Rolling Deadline
 
The Sustainability Office has designated a portion of
its funding to support small on-campus projects 
that promote sustainability through creative and 
innovative action.  If possible, projects should encourage
collaboration between faculty, staff, and students.  An individual or a group can apply for up to $1,000 in funding. 
 
Applications are rolling but funding is limited.  
Click  HERE  for the application. Questions should be 
directed to sustainability@macalester.edu or X8138.   

NEED HELP? 

Contact the Sustainability Office!

 

We are located on the first floor of Kagin Commons, on the right-hand side as you enter the main area. The student-worker desk is located underneath the Sustainability Office sign, and Suzanne's office (our lovely Sustainability Manager) is located nearby in room 124.


Email us!
To contact...
A student worker: sustainability@macalester.edu
Sustainability Manager, Suzanne Savanick Hansen: shansen2@macalester.edu

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Send one of your student workers to the Sustainability Student Worker Network!
Assign one of your students to work on sustainability issues for your department and send the Sustainability Office their contact information. We will assist with project planning and connect them with a twice-a-month sustainability network meeting.  

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To submit something or make a correction to the Sustainable Scots
Newsletter please contact:

Maria Langholz-  
mlanghol@macalester.edu

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