Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

May 6th, 2013

Highlights of this Issue

Earth Day Success

Senior Graduation Pledge

Sustainability Progress Report

Sustainable Career Advice

Twin Cities Summer Events

Hello everyone! behalf of the Sustainability Office I would like to thank you for your interest in sustainability on the Macalester campus. 


We appreciate you coming out to all of our events and the support we get from students, faculty, and staff!


There is work yet to be done! Get involved! Let's help create a more sustainable world!


Good luck with finals and I hope you all have a fantastic summer break!


Emily Sylvestre

Macalester News and Events you to everyone who came out to our events on Earth Day!


In honor of Earth day the Sustainability Office has made a video featuring Macalester students, faculty and staff and their thoughts on climate change. 


Click here to see the video and find out where they think Macalester's role is in responding to climate change.


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.


GPA website

Environmental studies students recruit people for the pledge during senior week.

For more information contact Ann Esson - 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 ReportWe'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: 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 more EnviroThursday's this term! See you next year!


Sponsored by Environmental Studies


Check it Out! 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. 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. 


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

If you are going to be around this summer check out these cool events!

Saturday, June 1st, 11 AM - 4 PM

Lake Phalen in St. Paul

WaterFest is a free celebration of our clean lakes and offers an opportunity for hands-on learning about the water quality, wildlife, and special ecological features of our beautiful watershed. WaterFest was created in 2000 and remains an annual fun family event. Tomato Festival

Saturday, July 13th, 1:00-6:00pm

Perhaps you've seen photos of Spaniards bathed in something resembling spaghetti sauce and thought, "I could go for a good old fashioned food fight." Perhaps you just like tomatoes. Whatever the reason, there's no reason not to snap up this saucy Adventure: an all-access pass to the 

Midwest Tomato Fest, a day-long festival in the heart of Minneapolis featuring the midwest's largest tomato fight, as well as live music, drinks, food trucks, and entertainment.


Minnesota River Arts Festival and Sunday, July 20 - 21 2013, 10 am - 5 pm

Three Rivers Park District: The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN


Our second Annual Arts Fair will feature more than 75 original fine art and fine craft artists from Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with live music, art demonstrations, a children's tent and author readings. 



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 Neighborhood Rain Garden Planting Event

Sat., May 18, 8:30 - 12:00pm

Hewitt Ave. and TatumSt. Saint Paul, MN


Help plant boulevard rain gardens in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul! To improve water quality in our lakes and the Mississippi River, the City of Saint Paul Public Works has partnered with Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) to install boulevard rain gardens in Hamline-Midway neighborhood. Great River Greening staff and volunteers will assist residents in planting the rain gardens.


A project of the Metro Area Program. Neighborhood Rain Garden Planting Event

Sat., June 8, 7:30 - 12:00pm
Prior Ave. and Goodrich Ave., Saint Paul, MN


 Help plant boulevard rain gardens in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul! To improve water quality in our lakes and the Mississippi River, the City of Saint Paul Public Works has partnered with Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) to install boulevard rain gardens in Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. Great River Greening staff and volunteers will assist residents in planting the rain gardens.


A project of the Metro Area Program.


"The Minnesota Sandhill Crane Management Program," Steve Merchant, MN DNR


Friday, 7:00 p.m., May 10, 2013, Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis 


Free and open to the public


Internship and Grant Opportunities!


Sustainability Small Project Fund

Rolling Deadline


The Sustainability Office has designated a portion of 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.   


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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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