SUSTAINABLE SCOTS NEWSLETTER
Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

February 4th, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
Campus Conservation Nationals
Recyclemania!
Composting
EnviroThursdays are Back
Energy Saving Tips
Article Headline
Al Gore to Speak in Mpls.
Hello everyone! 

 

This month we are thinking about ENERGY. We have incorporated this UN focus theme into our events, discussions, and educational pieces for February.

 

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Sustainable energy is needed for strengthening economies, protecting ecosystems and achieving equity. 

-U.N. Issue Brief (Rio+20 Campaign)

 

Take some time in the next few weeks to think about how you use energy and how you could use it differently!

 

Stay warm and good luck with the start of the semester!

 

Emily Sylvestre
esylvest@macalester.edu
Macalester News and Events

Campus Conservation Nationals

Campus Conservation Nationals will be a competition among Macalester's dorms for the greatest percentage reduction in electricity use during the last three weeks of February. The goal of the competition is to promote behavior change and encourage students to use as little electricity as possible.

  

So find out what you can do to save energy in your dorm! Join with your fellow students and help our school help the planet!

  

http://www.competetoreduce.org  

 

Also, check out the awesome video from the sustainability office in which our mascot demonstrates sustainability!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sp7Bzo-x1E&feature=youtu.be 

 
Recyclemania!
 
Recyclemania is a competition Macalester is participating in, between colleges and universities across the United States that compares recycling rates and waste reduction . National recognition and awards are given to the schools that perform the best in various categories.
So recycle those pizza boxes and those old textbooks! 
Make sure you know what you don't need to throw away! 

What is recyclable at Mac?
  • Newspapers and Inserts
  • Envelopes and Junk Mail
  • Paper of all colors (including Post-it Notes)
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • File Folders, Magazines, Catalogs, and Flyers
  • Aluminum/Tim Beverage Cans
  • Plastics #1 through #7, Shrink Wrap and Plastic Bags MUST be bagged or bailed (no PVC piping is accepted)
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Clean Wood
  • Steel
  • Pizza Boxes (if not too soiled)
NO disposable dishware, napkins, paper towels

Also, check out the awesome video from the sustainability office in which our mascot demonstrates sustainability!
Macalester is Composting!
 
 Starting January 1st, composting bins are now available in Olin Rice, Carnegie, and Campus Center! 
Composting can be done in the backyard, but backyard composting is not practical for Macalester due to our confined space and urban location.  At Macalester, we will contract with a hauler to take our compostable material to the Mulch Store in Empire Township. There, our compostable material will be mixed with food waste and other compostable material from locations around the Twin Cities.

What is Compostable at Mac?
  • All FOOD scraps
  • All non-recyclable PAPER products
    • Napkins, paper towels, tissues
    • Paper plates, cups & food containers
    • Paper milk & juice cartons
    • Paper bags & waxed paper (fast food wraps, etc.)
    • Coffee grounds, filters & tea bags
    • Pizza boxes
    • COMPOSTABLE silverware and cups with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo
    • All compostable products as certified by BPI
DO NOT include PLASTICS of any kind, styrofoam, foil, condiment packets, chip bags & candy wrappers. 
 
Also, check out the awesome video from the sustainability office in which our mascot demonstrates sustainability! 

EnviroThursdays

Olin Rice 250 at noon, refreshments provided

 

"A Paper Park or a Park in Action?  Simulating Forest Cover Changes of Bannerghatta National Park Based on a CA Markov Model" 

Speaker:  Sanchi Adhikar, Macalester Geography Dept.  

Thursday, February 7th
Establishment of protected areas (PA) has been one of the leading tools toward biodiversity conservation. Globally, these kinds of conservation interventions have given rise to increase in PAs as well as the need to empirically evaluate the impact of these PAs on forest cover. Few of these empirical evaluations have been geared towards comparison of pre and post policy intervention landscape. This paper provides a method to empirically evaluate such pre and post policy interventions by using a cellular automata-Markov model. This method is tested using remotely sensed data of Bannerghatta National park (BNP) and its surrounding, which have experienced various national level policy interventions (Indian National Forest Policy of 1988) and rapid land cover change between 1973 and 2007. The model constructs a hypothetical land cover scenario of BNP and its surroundings (1999 and 2007) in the absence of any policy intervention when in reality there has been a significant potential policy intervention effect. Results not only show the implication of national level policy changes on forest cover but also show the usefulness of our method in evaluating such conservation efforts.

 

No Enviro Thursday

Thursday, February 14th

 

 

"Celebrating and Preserving Winter:  A Call to Action to Slow Climate Change"  
Speaker:  Bill McKibben, Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College
Thursday, February 21st
Location:  Weyerhaeuser Chapel
Presentation:  12-1 p.m.  -  Audience Participation:  1-2:30 p.m.

Bill McKibben,scholar in residence in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. www.billmckibben.com

 
Sponsored by Environmental Studies
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).

P.S. Right now there is a laundry cart that needs a home!
Check it Out!
National Climate Assessment Released

On January 14, a long-awaited report on how climate is affecting the U.S. was released for public review. 
 
The Third National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive review of the U.S. climate impact to date. The report reinforces the certainty within the scientific community that the climate is changing, we're seeing effects now and the cause is primarily the burning of fossil fuels (human caused). The report also makes a compelling case that significant and urgent action is needed to address the root causes.
 
WEBINAR: "The National Climate Assessment Report: 
A briefing on the Public Review Draft with a focus on Ecosystems and Biodiversity"
Wednesday, February 6 at 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST 
Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist, Climate and Land Use Change at the U.S. Geological SurveyDr.  
Michelle D. Staudinger, Postdoctoral Fellow 

To join the webinar: 
At the start of the webinar please go to: http://nctc.adobeconnect.com/safeguarding02062013/Click Enter as "Guest" 
*Note: "Guests are not admitted into this meeting" will appear until the start of the webinar 
Conference Phone #:  1-855-547-8255 
ConferenceCode #:  15960 
Energy Saving Tips

Wash clothes in cold water
Around 80% of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. Using warm or cool water will save energy and get clothes just as clean.
Turn of power strips and eliminate phantom energy use
Ask any electrician and they will tell you there are various electronic devices plugged in around a living space that draw on electricity even when sitting idle. This is called phantom power. Examples include cell phone chargers not charging, many coffee machines not making coffee, and most appliances with a digital clock. 
Use a clothes drying rack
There are upward of 88 million dryers in the U.S., each emitting more than a ton of carbon dioxide per year. Because dryers uses so much energy, skipping it altogether can make a real difference.  
 
Replace inefficient lights with CFLs and/or LED's
 In addition to using less energy, CFLs last around 6,000 to 15,000 hours compared to incandescent lights which last 750 to 1,000 hours. This saves both energy and money.
 

Use the refrigerator wisely

Refrigerators are one of the only appliances that run 24 hours a day. Keeping the door closed as much as possible helps conserve energy, and not overstuffing the inside (which blocks internal circulation) allows your food to stay fresher longer.

  

 
Sustainability News: Check out what is going on outside the Macalester bubble!
 
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 interesting websites to browse:

An interactive website focusing on the Great Lakes the "last great water supply of fresh drinking water on earth."
Check it out it is seriously cool and well made!
 
 
A one of a kind website that allows you to explore the journey YOUR t-shirt has taken, from its very beginning as a cotton seed on a farm to every step it took before you bought it.
 

Off-Campus Happenings
"Six Drivers of Social Change" 
Forum with Speaker: Former VP Al Gore
Thursday, February 7th, 2013, 12 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church (Downtown Minneapolis near the convention center)
 
Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management and The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization committed to solving the climate crisis. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives four times and to the U. S. Senate twice, and he served as Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. A co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, he is the author of five books, including Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, Assault on Reason, Our Choice, and his newest book, The Future, which examines six critical forces that are reshaping our world.
 
Free and open to the public
 
"Celebrating and Preserving Winter" 
Speaker - Bill McKibben
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, 6 pm
University of Saint Thomas, Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Hall
-and- 
Thursday, February 21st, 2013, 12-1pm (presentation) 1-2:30pm (audience participation)
Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Chapel

Bill McKibben, scholar in residence in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Free and open to the public
Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Conference 2013
Speaker - Bill McKibben
Wednesday and Thursday, February 20th-21st, 2013
Saint Cloud's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud

CERTs 2013 will be an exploration and celebration of successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and a coming together of hundreds of amazing people who are working to create a clean energy future in their communities and beyond. Join us!

5 Reasons you should attend

1. Learn from others about projects you can do in your community
2. Make valuable connections with people from your region and across Minnesota
3. Get access to 60 exhibitors who can help your project move forward
4. Go home with resources and contacts to share with your local community
5. You'll love it! 100% of attendees rated the 2011 conference above average

Free bus: They will provide a free bus from the Twin Cities on Feb. 21. Indicate your interest when you register.

Free and open to the public
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.   

Sierra Club North Star Chapter is Looking for Interns!
Posted: January 24th, 2013 
Deadline: February 25th or February 10th, 2013 (see website for details)

Green Transportation Intern (Deadline: February 25th)
The Sierra Club is looking for a committed volunteer intern to work with our organizing staff and dedicated volunteer leaders. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in the environmental and transportation community, and to learn more about grassroots organizing. Inquiries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. This is an unpaid position.

Transit to Parks Intern (Deadline: February 10th)

The Sierra Club is looking for a committed volunteer intern to work with our organizing staff and dedicated volunteer leaders. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in urban and regional planning; environmental/sustainability, and transportation fields. Inquiries will be accepted on a revolving basis. This is an unpaid position. If receipts are saved, reimbursement for transit fares incurred while conducting is available.

More Information 

 

Communications and Development Intern (Deadline: February 10th)

The Sierra Club's members are 2.1 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The North Star Chapter is the leading grassroots voice to preserve and protect Minnesota's environment. We do this by advancing volunteer leadership, environmental advocacy, and outdoor exploration.The North Star Chapter is currently seeking a volunteer intern. 

More Information 

 
Legislative Intern (Deadline: February 10th)
The Sierra Club's members are 2.1 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The North Star Chapter is the leading grassroots voice to preserve and protect Minnesota's environment. We do this by advancing volunteer leadership, environmental advocacy, and outdoor exploration.
 
Clean Energy Intern (Deadline: February 10th)
The Sierra Club's North Star Chapter seeks a Clean Energy Intern. This internship will involve outreach to clean energy businesses, Sierra Club members, and the general public to advance clean energy priorities. Activities will include research, mobilization, getting petitions signed, and coordinating events, in an effort to engage the public and influence decision-makers to move beyond coal and towards clean energy solutions.

 

Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Intern (Deadline: February 10th)
The Sierra Club's North Star Chapter seeks a Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Intern.This internship will involve outreach to clean energy businesses, professors, health professionals, and the general public to gather comments to the Public Utilities Commission. Activities will include research, mobilization, getting petitions signed, and coordinating events, in an effort to engage the public and influence decision-makers to move beyond coal and towards clean energy solutions.

 

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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esylvest@macalester.edu

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