Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

February 18th, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
Energy Awareness Blackout Concert
Campus Conservation Nationals
Logo Competition
Speaker Bill McKibben
Patagonia Speaker Vicent Stanley
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.


Yesterday, over 40,000 people poured into the streets of Washington, DC today to push President Obama to take our nation "Forward on Climate" and say no to the Keystone XL pipeline.  


"Students especially showed up in force. I ran into young people from all across the country, many of whom are hard at work running fossil fuel divestment campaigns on their campuses. This is the next generation of the climate movement, just as comfortable negotiating in a board room as they are marching in the streets. "

It looks like things are stirring! What can you do to be a part of the growing energy and climate movement?


 Check out Macalester's new sustainability initiatives to see how our school is involved.


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


Emily Sylvestre
Macalester News and Events

Energy-Awareness Blackout Concert!
Friday, March 1st, 2013, 8pm

In honor of this month's theme of Energy, the Sustainability Office is organizing a "Blackout" Concert for the evening of Friday, March 1st at 8pm in the Dupre Formal Lounge. This event will feature no lights, no-bake treats, and lots of original Macalester acapella and acoustic talent! Please join us to celebrate energy conservation, music-sharing, and fun and sustainable community-building.  

If you or your musical group of any persuasion is interested in performing, please contact Nola Pastor at ASAP! 
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!  


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

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! 
Sustainability Logo Competition

Sustainability according to popular belief has always been viewed as a practice/ phenomena /ideology that prioritizes environmental issues and negates economic and social struggles. However, the goal of sustainability is to increase and preserve our social and economic capabilities. Indeed, poverty increases and cultures change due to our degradation of environment, which results in scarcity and the erasure of certain cultural elements that are connected to the land.
The Sustainability Office recognizes the need to emphasize equally the four sustainability pillars: the economy, the environment, and society. In particular, we want to explicitly show the connection amongst environmental, economic and social justice through discussion and practice.  
It is tragic that the food justice movement is viewed as separate from the sustainable food movement. This semester we intend to address critical arguments that view sustainability as a privilege and peripheral goal. One such initiative is our Sustainability logo Competition which begins on March 1, 2012 at 9:00am and end on March 29 at 12pm.
The logo competition will culminate into an event that explores the question: Why be Sustainable?  At the event we will announce the winner of our logo competition, who will receive a prize and have the privilege of seeing the Sustainability Office utilize their logo.  At the event we will also discuss briefly Sustainability at Mac and examine the work of two students who have done work related to sustainability.
If you are interested go to the "Macalester Sustainability Office Logo Competition" 
Facebook page and clic
Sustainability Office Social Justice Coordinator,
Anna-Kay Brown 
"Energy Wars" Screening

Forget the axis of evil; it's the axis of oil.


In honour of Energy Month the Sustainability Office is showing the documentary, Energy Wars, on Thursday, February 28th, 4:30- 6:00pm in the Library, Harmon Room. Energy Wars, a two-part documentary, explores the major developments with regards to energy sources and the geopolitical consequences of the dependency on fossil fuels.


Don't miss it! Energy wars, which features NY Time columnist Thomas Friedman, promises to be interesting. There will be pizza and discussion on the film's relation to economic, social and environmental Justice.

Sustainability Office Social Justice Coordinator,
Anna-Kay Brown 

Olin Rice 250 at noon, refreshments provided


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, 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.
Speaker Emily Schilling
Thursday, February 28th

"Macalester's EcoHouse"
Thursday, March 7th
Speakers: EcoHouse Residents
What is the EcoHouse?  Find out about our own Eco-Living/Learning Laboratory.  EcoHouse students will talk about the house and their projects.

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 and a TV that need a home!
Check it Out!
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 
Interesting website to browse:

GOOD Roadmap to Harmony
A wonderfully colorful Flash interactive containing articles, videos, data, and research to get us thinking about energy, education, sustenance, health, the earth, flora and fauna, connectivity, exchange, and coexistence.

Off-Campus Happenings
"Celebrating and Preserving Winter" 
Speaker - Bill McKibben
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, 6 pm
University of Saint Thomas, Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Hall
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, 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
"Next Generation Environmental Conference and Lobby Day"
With - Minnesota Youth Environmental Network
Sunday, February 24th, 2013, 12-6pm
U of M St. Paul Student Center, St. Paul
Monday, February 25th, 2013, 8am-4pm
Minnesota State Capitol

The Minnesota Youth Environmental Network is partnering with MPIRG and YEA! MN of the Will Steger Foundation to host a two day event that offers young people an opportunity to influence the future of Minnesota's environment. 
Sunday will be a half day event at the U of M St. Paul student center that will include: Introductory speakers, a planning session for a movement in support of the Environmental Congress (March 15th), and grassroots workshops. The day will come to a close with several hours of food, networking, and possibly bowling!
Monday you are invited to join twenty-somethings, High Schools, Colleges, and a team of professional lobbyists from across the state to tell our State Government officials we are concerned about the environment we have inherited. We will be lobbying on a Clean Energy platform and will be advocating for more mandated renewable energy, a solar energy standard. and a required regulatory framework to hold utilities accountable for energy efficiency.
There is also a photo petition going on, so if people want to send a picture of their "vision of MN's environmental future" to that would be awesome! 
There is also a Youth Voice Survey available on the site, and even if  you cannot make either of the events on Sunday/Monday, you could fill out the survey and that would be most helpful.  
The Responsible Company: What we've learned from Patagonia's first 40 years
Presentation and Book Signing with Vincent Stanley
Monday, March 11th, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Patagonia Store, St. Paul

In The Responsible Company, Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Vincent Stanley, the company's long-time chief storyteller, draw on their 40 years' experience - and knowledge of current efforts by other companies - to articulate the elements of responsible business for our time. Join us at Patagonia St. Paul as co-author Vincent Stanley recounts how Patagonia has made its work progressively more responsible, and shares what it has learned with companies as large as Wal-Mart and as small as the corner microbrewery. Ample time will be allowed for questions and dialogue. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Free and open to the public
FOOD from French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
"Women's Work: The Role of Women in Sustainability"
Speaker: Simran Sethi
Wednesday, March 13th, 7 pm
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine University, St. Paul

Throughout her career as a television producer and correspondent, freelance journalist, communications advisor and educator, Sethi has addressed environmental journalism and justice, teaching climate change communication with interdisciplinary approaches and the role of faith in environmentalism. She lectures worldwide on corporate social responsibility, environmentalism and sustainability in media.

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 or X8138.   

Sierra Club North Star Chapter is Looking for Interns!
Posted: January 24th, 2013 
Deadline: February 25th 

Green Transportation Intern
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.


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.  


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