SUSTAINABLE SCOTS NEWSLETTER
Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office
November 27th, 2012
Highlights of this Issue
Sustainabiltiy Bulletin Board
Recycle Your Holidays!
Local and Global Officials Focus on the Environment
6 Ways to GREEN your Winter Break
Do the Math Tour
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Questions?
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.

 

Minnesota is the land of 10,00 lakes and home to the headwaters of one of the greatest rivers in the world: the Mississippi. 

 

It is also one of the 11 most polluted bodies of water in the world.

It spills into the Gulf of Mexico and creates one of the world's worst Dead Zones

Ponder this: How do our actions affect the larger world?

How does Macalester contribute to this problem? 

 

 

Keep thinking and have a fantastic week! Be sure to take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities! Stay warm!

 
Emily Sylvestre
esylvest@macalester.edu
Macalester News and Events

EnviroThursdays

Olin Rice 250 at noon, refreshments provided

 

Sustainable Food Procurement at the Macalester EcoHouse

Thursday, November 29th
Marian Michaels '15 and Karen Weldon '14 will present their research on sustainable food purchasing at the Macalester EcoHouse. Michaels and Weldon will make recommendations for sustainable food purchasing on a budget and examine the sustainability of purchasing from local food cooperatives and farmers markets. They will assess their food purchasing through the Real Food Challenge's "Real Food Calculator,"  a tool that Macalester College has pledged to use as the basis for the International Roundtable commitment to sustainable food sourcing. Michaels and Weldon will unpack the Real Food Challenge's definition of "real food," weighing its pros and cons through their study on food purchasing at the Macalester EcoHouse.

Sponsored by Environmental Studies
New Sustainability Bulletin Board in Olin Rice!
 
Visit the new bulletin board in the environmental studies wing of Olin Rice for information on: 
  • Sustainability Office
  • Events
  • Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
  • Monthly Themes (Energy, Oceans, Water, Food, Waste, Cities, Disasters, Jobs)
  • Sustainability happenings in the Twin Cities and beyond!
Recycle Your Holidays!
Through the Recycling Association of Minnesota
you can now recycle your old:
  • Electric Cords
  • Holiday Lights
  • Telephone cords
  • Appliance cords

Macalester is a drop of location! Bring your used lights to the bin in the basement of the Campus Center. 

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, including WATER BOTTLES from the lost and found washed by the Information Desk! 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!
 
For a list of available items or to advertise items you want to give away - check out the free swap list on 1600 grand under the "campus resources" tab (right side).
Check it Out!
Local and Global Focus on the Environment 

Doha Climate Change Conference
United Nations Talks Begin November 26th in Quatar
Almost 200 countries will meet to discuss challenges such as raising climate aid for poor countries in times of financial turmoil and keeping global temperature rises under 2 degrees. There has been no binding international emissions agreements since the Kyoto Protocol which expires this year.

For more information visit:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/25/2012-un-climate-talks-qatar_n_2188048.html
Or the UN website:
http://unfccc.int/meetings/doha_nov_2012/meeting/6815.php  
 
Forums on the Environment to Take Place Across Minnesota
6 Gatherings Will Happen on November 27th to December 14th 
State officials will hold a series of meeting where anyone can come talk about anything that concerns them about the environment including air, land, and water use.
"We are asking citizens to talk broadly about their priorities in the air, water, energy and climate, and where we should be going in the future." 
 -Ellen Anderson (Energy Adviser of Gov. Mark Dayton)

To see a state issued "report card" on progress and emerging issues go to:
http://www.eqb.state.mn.us/documents/EQB%20Final%202012%20Report%20Card.pdf
For more information visit:  
  
6 Ways to GREEN your Winter Break 

1. Recycle your old papers
Recycle all that paper you used this fall!
2. Shop Online
Reduce emissions by doing your last minute shopping from home rather than driving out to the malls!
3. Calculate your carbon footprint
Take some of your free time to understand your personal impact on the environment. The EPA has great in depth program that calculates your carbon usage.
4. Do some green reading
 Here are some ideas:
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things - William McDonough
The Empty Ocean - Richard Ellis
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan
5. Bundle up!
Avoid cranking the heat by staying warm the old fashioned way - heavy sweaters and hot chocolate!
6.Create "Green year" resolutions
Think about the ways you could reduce your personal environmental impact and resolve to make those ideas a reality in the new year!

For more ideas check out this website:
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 zlee@macalester.edu. 
 
A few recent events:
 
British Petroleum (BP) to pay $4.5 Billion in oil spill settlement

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record high in 2011 according to the World Meteorological Organization
A few interesting websites to browse:

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service 
"MOSES educates, inspires, and empowers farmers to thrive in a sustainable, organic system of agriculture."
Off-Campus Happenings
"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 MN350.org                  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: http://act.350.org/signup/minneapolis-do-the-math/

Wild and Scenic Film Festival: Where Activism gets Inspired 
Saturday, December 1, 2012  
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

U of M Humphrey Center

301 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 

 

 

The Sierra Club, Midwest Mountaineering and Patagonia sponsor the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Environmental themes resonate through the films, leaving viewers inspired and motivated to go out and make difference in their communities.

 

EXPERIENCE the adrenaline of climbing big walls, exploring unseen caves, and trekking through the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the spirit bears.

 

EXPLORE the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers, and celebrities. Please join us for a night of enlightening films.


 

Order your ticket today for only $10.00 (additional $3 service fee if purchased online).


 

To purchase tickets for the event in the store at Midwest Mountaineering: 309 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

OR visit:

http://www.northstar.sierraclub.org/GRP_Twin_Cities.html 

 

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 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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Newsletter please contact:

Emily Sylvestre-  
esylvest@macalester.edu

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