Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

April 14th, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
Chasing Ice Screening
Sustainability Progress Report
"In Pursuit of the Perfect Plastic"
Hello everyone! 


This month we are thinking abouJOBS.What is a Green Job and how do you find them?   

The United Nations defines a green job as:

"Work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality."


Keeping this newsletter short because I know you are all busy. Happy not-really-Spring!


Emily Sylvestre
Macalester News and Events

Come Celebrate Earth Day With Us!
Join the Sustainability Office on Monday, April 22nd to help celebrate our beautiful home planet. 

Events for the day: 
12:00-1:00pm "Sustainable Summer Fair" in Weyerhaeuser Boardroom
1:15 AND 2:15 Biking cohort leaves for the clean energy rally at the capital!
4:40-6:00pm Environmental Ethics Poster Presentations in the McPherson Atrium of the Campus CEnter
7:00- 9:00pm "Chasing Ice" Documentary            
screening with speaker Paul Douglas (JBD)   
(more information about all of these is in the newsletter) 
Earth Week Events:
Living in Sync: Works, Waste & Social Justice  
Wednesday April 24th, 12-1pm Davis Court, Markim Hall
Join the Sustainability Office and the Institute for Global Citizenship to explore through videos the interconnections between sustainability and social justice, specifically in relation to labor and landfills. Our discussion highlights the international impacts of local living. *Pizza provided*

Sustaining Yourself: Time, Energy & the Capacity to Endure  
Thursday April 25th, 5-6:30pm Hall of Fame Room, Leonard Center
What do sustainability and stress management have to do with each other? How can we balance our commitment to the work that we do with a commitment to care for ourselves? What does a sustainable use of time and energy look like in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives? Come join us to discuss these questions and more with a panel presentation on Thursday, April 25th from 5 to 6:30pm in the Hall of Fame Room of the Leonard Center. Presenters will include Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Macalester Sustainability Manager; KP Hong, Protestant Chaplain and Assistant Director for Religious and Spiritual Life; Phyllis Calph, Tai-Chi instructor; and Anita Bendickson, yoga, self-defense and karate instructor. This event will involve opportunities for audience participation as well as a question and answer session. Due to the different participatory elements, we won't have a traditional seating arrangement. Chairs will be provided for people who want one, but otherwise we'll all be on the floor. Bring your friends, thoughts, feelings, questions, selves and an open mind. 

*Sponsored by the Sustainability Office and Health & Wellness Center*

Screening of "Chasing Ice" - with Speaker Paul Douglas
Monday, April 22nd, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
John B. Davis Auditorium (Basement of the Campus Center)

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. 
In this breathtakingly beautiful, award-winning documentary, filmmaker Jeff Orlowski follows the indomitable photographer as he brings to life the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS)-a massive photography project that placed 30 cameras across three continents to gather visual evidence of the Earth's melting ice. Chasing Ice tells the story of a visionary artist who, in facing his own mortality, bequeaths the magic of photography and the adventure of the expedition to a new generation and captures the most visible sign of climate change on the planet today.
Speaker Paul Douglas:
"I'm going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real."
Paul Douglas is a nationally respected meteorologist with 33 years of television and radio experience. He is the CEO of Broadcast Weather and founder of several successful companies. As a Republican, Douglas has taken a strong stance on an issue that has been heavily
politicized. His attempts to remove the liberal label on the issue of climate change have garnered him national attention.  Click here to read his essay on climate change 

The Sustainability Office, Geo Club, and Bio Club are co-hosting this screening. 
Sustainable Summer Fair
Monday, April 22nd from noon to 1pm (Weyerhaeuser Boardroom)

In St. Paul for the summer? Celebrate Earth Day by learning about all that our community offers in support of sustainable living. Join us on Monday, April 22nd from noon to 1pm in the Weyerhaeuser Boardroom for information on sustainable  transportation, energy and local food, as well as free bike-delivered lunch for the first 40 people to register. Participants include MacBike, HOURCAR, Nice Ride and St. Paul Smart Trips. Staff, faculty and students are all invited. We hope to see you there! Sponsored by WHAM and the Sustainability Office.  
To register, go to: 
Clean Energy and Jobs Day of Action
Answer Governor Dayton's call to build a sustainable energy future for our state. Join organizations across Minnesota to come together at the State Capitol to support clean energy and good jobs! Register Here
For more information on the Clean Energy Jobs Coalition, check out our websiteAfter a day of lobbying, we will bring even more people to the capitol for a rally in the rotunda at 3 pm.  

We need YOU to make this one of the biggest Clean Energy and Jobs action days in MN history! We can't do it without YOU!

DATE: MONDAY, April 22 
LOBBYING DAY Start time: 9:30 am registration
Location: TBD - somewhere within walking distance of the state capitol

RALLY Start Time: 2:45 
Location: MN State Capitol Rotunda
Contact Shaina Kasper: for transportation or other questions.

Caucus Training and Curbside Composting Precinct Caucus!

Caucus for a curbside composting budget resolution at our precinct caucus April 16th! Since St. Paul is in a mayoral election year, and the mayor sets the budget, this would be an optimal time to do it! It's also a way to effectively have our voice heard on this issue, and get mayoral candidates to support it.  
Caucus Training: Come learn about what caucusing is, why it is important, and how to do it 
Tuesday April 9th 3-4pm in the MPIRG office (basement of Kirk - use your card to get in). 
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email Shaina Kasper:

Senior Graduation Pledge
Since 2000, Environmental Studies students have organized the "Senior Graduation Pledge" for commencement. The graduates state
 "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider or any organization for which I work." 
Taking the pledge is voluntary; students determine for themselves what they consider to be socially and environmentally responsible. The students who pledge wear a green ribbon on their graduation gown.

This idea first started at Manchester College, Indiana, in 1988. For some students, searching for a job means searching for companies or organizations that do not pollute streams, rivers, or the
air; practice discriminatory or unfair business; or create an unfriendly work atmosphere. These
students conscientiously go the extra mile in their job searches because they support this nation-
wide effort.

Environmental studies students recruit people for the pledge during senior week.
Check out Mac's new Sustainability Progress Report!

Curious to see how well Mac is doing on sustainability goals? Check out the new Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability at Macalester College Progress
Report:  We've reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 12% and are half-way to our zero waste goal. This January, we also started rolling out composting on campus:

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 we have tons of leftover clothes from the clothing swap event!

Olin Rice 250 at noon, refreshments provided

No EnviroThursday
Thursday, April 18th, 2013


Speakers:  Environmental Studies Senior Seminar Students
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Sponsored by Environmental Studies
Check it Out!
Sustainable Career Advice from your Sustainability Manager : Suzanne Savanick Hansen

Women's Environmental Network: ('s Environmental Network is a not-for-profit professional organization focused on building personal and professional networks and promoting a better understanding of our individual and collective roles in preserving and improving the environment.


Next Step - Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network: (  This site has been designed to provide Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN)members and others with information, access to resources, opportunities for networking, and inspiration on the topic of sustainable communities. NextStep site users have the ability to post information and resources on the site as well as to access the resources and information posted on the site. 
Green Drinks International: (
Green Drinks International is part of a global non-movement to charge your eco-spirit, make
some new connections, and learn a thing or two. All of our venues offer a variety of organic food
and beverages for ALL ages. Green-Drinkers from other cities are always welcome! The Twin
Cities Green Drinks group is on hold, but check out the other cities.
Net Impact Minneapolis: (
Net Impact Minneapolis is a network of leaders in the Twin Cities who use the power of business
to make a positive impact, whether it's environmental, social or economic. Net Impact serves as
a collaborative forum where these leaders can learn from each other how to use their career skills
to make a difference. 
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP): (
ISSP is a non-profit, member-driven association for professionals who are committed to making
sustainability standard practice. Members share resources and best practices, and develop
themselves professionally. Special reports, salary surveys, and the knowledge competency study
are just a sampling of the rich content offered members. Discounted student memberships are

Career Development Center (
Don't forget our own Career Development Center!  They help students develop, understand and
connect their liberal arts educational experience with their future goals. Their career counselors
can help you find a green job and search the alumni database for alumni with green jobs.
Book Recommendation: 
How to Find the Work You Love by Laurence G. Boldt
I found this book useful in figuring out what skills I had, what I wanted to do, and what of my skills were marketable. 
Technological advances and the global marketplace are changing the way we live and work. Doing the work you love is the critical factor to personal fulfillment and economic success. No one understands this more than Laurence G. Boldt, whose Zen and the Art of Making a Livinghelped many carve out new and rewarding career paths. But how do you find the courage to start the search for a new career? And how do you tap into your own best resources to discover what you want to do and what you're good at? This remarkable guide offers simple yet profound strategies to help you answer those questions by focusing on four key elements to be sought in any life's work: Integrity, Service, Enjoyment, and Excellence. Boldt has reduced the quest for meaningful work to its essence and will lead you to an understanding of what you could and should be doing with your life. 

Spring Cleaning Clothing Swap a Success!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Spring Clinging Clothing Swap last Saturday! We had a lot of fun hanging out with you all and appreciate your clothing contributions, the extras of which will be donated. Keep in mind the Macalester Facebook group For Free & For Sale, as well as the Mac Free Swap located in the Sustainability Office, as ways to keep swapping stuff and reducing waste! Visit the Zero Waste page on the Sustainability Office website for more info on recycling and waste reduction. We appreciate your commitment to sustainable stye and community re-use!
Thank you Maria Langholz and Nola Pastor for organizing this!
Composting Field Trip 
On Wednesday, students from Macalester visited the Mulch Store in Rosemount, Macalester's disposal site for it's composting. The Mulch Store is a key community resource for landscaping products and other landscaping materials, many of which they create from our recycling and composting work. They're committed to keeping the communities where we work and live beautiful and sustainable, and their facilities sell a variety of landscaping products to help achieve that goal!  
A big thanks to Gabrielle Queenan for organizing this event!
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:

Water Footprint Calculator
What Is Your Water Footprint?

Take a water tour with us through your home, yard, diet, energy, and consumer choices! Then, pledge to cut your water footprint and help return more water to rivers, lakes, wetlands, underground aquifers, and freshwater species

Off-Campus Happenings

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 4:00-8:00pm

Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul, MN 55102


Join Metro Clean Energy Resource Team affiliates, partners & friends

 to celebrate our 6th year of connecting communities to resources! Hear about our work and exciting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and find out how you can work to reduce your energy footprint. The program will be followed by a resource fair, cash bar, light appetizers, and networking!



Electric Vehicles in Minnesota: Jukka Kukkonen, PlugInConnect

Wright-Hennepin Community Solar: Steve Nisbet, Wright-Hennepin Electric Cooperative

Metro CERT Affiliate Action: Jen McLoughlin, City of Woodbury

After-Program: Resources, Networking, Light Appetizers, and Cash Bar


Register for free at


Many attendees will bus, bike, and carpool. Find your way at

"In Pursuit of the Perfect Plastic"
Speaker: Geoffrey Coates
Thursday, April 18th, 7:00-9:30 pm
T100 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Presented by world-renowned chemist and Cornell University Professor Geoffrey Coates. 


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.   

Part-time Internship at Spring Hill Community Farm

Submitted by: Jacquelyn F. Betsworth, Library


Learn all about growing vegetables. A part-time, Thursday/Friday, June-August internship is available at Spring Hill Community Farm in western Wisconsin. Meals and housing are provided along with a stipend. Shared transportation from the Twin Cities is an option. Due to housing issues, a woman is preferred.


Contact Patty or Mike at 715-455-1319 or


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:

Emily Sylvestre-

This Newsletter is sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office.

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