Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office
November 5th, 2012
Highlights of this Issue
Bike Helmets Available!
Voting Information
Twin Cities Local Food Happy Hour
The Return of the Cuyahoga
Do the Math Tour
Hello everyone! 


This month we are focusing on all things WATER. We have incorporated two of the UN's focus themes- water and oceans- into our events, discussions, and educational pieces for November.


One of the most significant water related topics in recent days, is Hurricane Sandy. Check out a variety of takes on the event and its significance:


Carleton College's coverage of Hurricane Sandy news


ABC News Commentary "It's Simple: Global Warming Is Causing the Extreme Weather" 2012/07/its-simple-global-warming-is-causing-the-extreme-weather/


Article from Bloomberg- Newsweek Magazine


Hope you all have a lovely week, and be sure to check out some of the awesome events listed below-- there are some great opportunities coming up!
Maria Langholz
Macalester News and Events


Olin Rice 250 at noon, light lunch provided


November 8th, 2012

"Charismatic Data and Antarctic Climate Change"

Speaker:  Jessica O'Reilly, Sociology Department, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University


November 15th, 2012
"Regional Differences in Smart Grid Context: Technology and Policy AcrossRegional Transmission Organizations and States"

Speaker:  Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Law, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota 


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


Northland Bioneers Conference
Saturday Nov. 10, 9 am - 6 pm
Macalester College, Campus Center
Keynote speaker, Shawn Otto, local author, filmmaker and science-advocate, will discuss the importance of science in our democracy. Also featuring leading-edge innovators from the National Bioneers Conference in California re-broadcast via DVD.

Fee: $5 - $30
For more information and registration:
Bike Helmets 
You can now rent Bike Helmets from the library!
15 new helmets are available to the Mac community to check out for a day at a time, in addition to our bike share bikes!

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!
Important Information for ALL Voters
Find out more about where the candidate's stand on environmental issues.
1. Information on everything on the ballot: 
This includes links to hard to find candidate-supplied information on judges and soil and water conservation district supervisors)
International Sustainability
We have a new feature this year, a bi-weekly news update in which we will be summarizing news items happening in the wider world.  

The following page is updated periodically to keep the Macalester community up-to-date with global sustainability happenings:

Feel free to send any news articles, feedback and comments to Zhe Yu Lee at 
A few interesting websites to browse:
"Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers"-  An interactive site with insights on the complicated-nature of understanding natural gas:


Campus Sustainability Day 2012, Keynote Broadcast: Preparing Students for a Changing Climate 

Off-Campus Happenings
Twin Cities Local Food Happy Hour: Health Care Reform & Local Food
Trotter's Cafe in St. Paul

Hosted by Twin Cities Local Food Happy Hour and the Land Stewardship Project

At this month's Local Food Happy Hour we will discuss how health care costs affect local farmers. LSP Program Organizer, Megan Buckingham will speak about LSP's current health care organizing, and how you can join in the fight for fair health care.

Huge increases in health care costs, combined with political "leadership" that too often puts major health insurance corporations in the driver's seat
on health care policy, have caused Land Stewardship Project members to call for major health care reform. Access-for everyone-to affordable, quality health care is critical if we are able to have communities where sustainable, family farm-based agriculture thrives. 

Join at 5:30pm at Trotter's Cafe in St. Paul to get better acquainted with your community's movement toward a more sustainable food and farming system.


The Return of the Cuyahoga Film 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012  
Doors open at 6:30 PM, Film 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Discussion 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM 

St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Southeast Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 


In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Clean Water Action will be showing The Return of the Cuyahoga. Known as the "river that burned" the Cuyahoga River in Ohio became an important symbol of the environmental movement. This one-hour documentary shows the death and rebirth of one of America's most emblematic waterways.

FREE Validated Parking is included when you park at the St. Anthony Falls Ramp on 2nd Ave and 2nd St.


Order your ticket today for only $7.00 

To register for the event:


"Before the Lights Go Out" Book Reading
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7 pm
Common Good Books, St. Paul 
Please join the Women's Environmental Network (formerly Forum for Women in the Environmental Field), Common Good Books and the Macalester Sustainability Office for a book reading by "Before the Lights Go Out" author and NY Times columnist Maggie Koerth Baker, as well as comments from Governor Dayton's Energy Advisor and former State Senator, Ellen Anderson, at Common Good Books.  
The event is free and open to the public.

In Before the Lights Go Out, science blogger and NYTimes columnist Maggie Koerth-Baker presents a comprehensive analysis of the ways in which America produces, distributes, and consumes energy. She explains how our current systems developed, points out their strengths and weaknesses, and offers candid assessments of the time, the difficulty, and the expense involved in making radical changes to the energy systems that have shaped our lives for a hundred years. Drawing on more than two years of research and interviews with experts on everything from our electrical grid and electric cars to fracking and passive buildings, Koerth-Baker explains what we can do, what we can't do, and why "the solution" is really a lot of solutions working together. 

Do the Math: Featuring Bill McKibben, in partnership with       November 30th, 2012
  Doors open at 6 pm, event starts at 7 pm
Ted   Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth Street South     Minneapolis, MN 55455   

For the first time in years, our national leaders are talking about climate change as if it was a real threat. The Do the Math tour will bring together tens of thousands of people over one month to start a historic push to win real solutions to the climate crisis. Can you be there for the stop in Minneapolis?


Click here to get tickets:

Internship and Grant Opportunities!
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 or X8138.   


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 Manager, Suzanne Savanick Hansen:

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.  


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

Maria Langholz-

This Newsletter is sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office.

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