Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

June 7th, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
News and Events
Food, Composting, and Gardening

Hello everyone-

I hope you all are having a great start to this summer season-- despite how the weather may feel! During the summer we will be sending out a monthly newsletter, rather than bi-weekly, and will do our best to keep you up to date with sustainability happenings in the Twin Cities area.

This first newsletter will be slightly different, as we would like to provide a general overview of some of the great opportunities that are available to members of the Macalester community during the summer. Please take a few minutes to check out what you and your friends and family can do to be more sustainable this summer.

All the best,


P.S. Check it out!
A few weeks ago, the radio show This American Life did a special episode on climate change and dedicated a third of the program to covering Bill McKibben, our Do The Math tour, and the growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
News and other Events

Bike Walk Week
June 9th to 15th  

Join in walking or biking to campus one day or all week, if you can. New to biking or walking to work?  It's time to give it a 
try. Bike Walk to Work Day is Thursday, June 13, and the Sustainability Office and WHAM will offer complimentary coffee and juice and a few fun door prizes. Meet at Grand Central, 1672 Grand Avenue from 9 to 10 a.m.

Bike, Walk or Bus to Campus? 
All summer long!

Bike/Walk to Work Coffee is sponsored by the Sustainability Office and WHAM on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9-10am at Grand Central (next to Shish). Stop by for complimentary coffee or juice!
Locals Night at Trotter's Cafe
Every Saturday night, dinner starts at 5, music begins at 6.
232 Cleveland Ave N.  St Paul, MN 


Meet at Trotter's for dinner and music-- and if you live within two miles of the cafe, they offer a 10 percent discount off your meal! Also if you walk, bike or bus-- that earns you another 5 percent discount!


For a music schedule visit: 

Macalester-Groveland 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: Click here for more info (look under events) 
Women's Environmental Institute 2013 Organic Farm School

Eleven weeks of exciting lectures on organic food production and agriculture from environmental, social, and historical perspectives, connecting environmental justice with agriculture and food justice. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop practical skills in organic horticulture through hands-on farming at the WEI education farm campus.
Lectures and discussion with a variety of speakers will be held on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., June 3rd through August 12th at Midtown Global Market (920 East Lake Street on the corner of Lake & 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407) in the Greenway Conference Room.

Green Ideas & Ham: Global Warming and the Extreme Weather   
Tuesday, June 25th at 8:00 a.m   
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis  

Event attendees will discuss global warming, the most pressing issue of our time. Left unchecked, its impacts will include everything from rising sea levels threatening coastal communities, to plant and animal species going extinct, to more deadly heat waves and devastating extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy threatening communities around the world. Additionally, participants will hear from Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley, and discuss efforts underway in the Obama admininstration to place limits, for the first time, on global warming pollution from power plants.

The event costs $15- that includes a $5 donation to Environment Minnesota, and $10 to the Red Stag Supperclub.


For more information, and to register for the event:

Women's Environmental Network MN 20th Anniversary Gala!

6:30-9:30pm on Saturday, July 20, 2013


WEN MN will be celebrating it's 20th Anniversary by having a Gala!  Arrive early to walk around Mears Park and the Lowertown area in St. Paul.  Make your way over to Faces Mears Park by 6:30pm to enjoy a beautiful dinner that will begin at 7:00pm.  There will also be a cash bar.  Dinner will be followed by a small dance with 70s and 80s music so wear your dancing shoes!  Don't worry, the volume will not be very loud because we do like to talk and hear each other.  Bring along a friend/partner/companion/confidant/client/etc (male or female!) for even more fun!  The event will end at 9:30pm, but everyone is free to stay on at Faces to enjoy their music event of the night which begins at 10:00pm.


Faces Mears Park is located off the west side of Mears Park in downtown St. Paul.  Metered parking is free after 4:00pm.  There are many buses that will take you very close to the restaurant Metro Transit


Registration is now open!

Because of the limited space and the set menu, there will be no walk up registrations for this event.  Prices are $50 for non-students and $35 for students


Subsidized Bus Passes: Available to all students, faculty, and staff at the information desk in the Campus Center.


To find the bus routes, use Metro Transit's trip planner 


Mac Bike's Bike Share: Students, faculty and staff can check out free bicycles (and helmets) from the Library for up to twenty-four hours.


Amtrak: Consider taking the train to your next trip's destination. From Minneapolis-St. Paul, there are direct routes to Chicago, Seattle, and Portland. Find routes and tickets online: 


Nice Ride: The Twin Cities original bike-sharing organization! To use Nice Ride, you must first purchase a subscription. A one-year subscription is $65, with a special student rate of $55. 

For more information about membership and Nice Ride station locations, check out their website:


HourCar: A convenient, environmentally friendly, carsharing program.  Departmental memberships are available for Macalester Departments.


Food, Composting, and Gardening

Farmers Markets are a great place to get fresh local foods and support your community.



Farmers' markets near to Mac:

Saint Thomas More Catholic Church - 1079 Summit Avenue

Fridays, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (Beginning May 3rd)

Downtown St. Paul-- 290 E 5th St

Saturdays 6AM- 1PM and Sundays 8AM-1PM (Beginning April 27th)


The University of Minnesota Farmers Market

Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Wednesday, rain or shine, from 11 AM-2 PM


For a full list of official St. Paul farmers' markets:

Check out the Minnesota Grown directory online, for a list of over 85 CSA farms and hundreds of farmers' markets, orchards, berry farms and other places to buy directly from the farmer. 

Composting in the Mac-Groveland Neighborhood 


Unsure how to compost? For general guidelines for backyard composting -- what you can compost, where you can compost, and instructions for building your own compost container-- check out the Mac-Groveland Community Council page:


Don't have the space in your yard for a compost bin? Interested in composting more? Consider signing up for a Eureka Organics Recycling Drop-off Site. A year-long membership is $36/ household for new members and $28/ household for returning members. Here you can compost a greater variety of products that you can in your backyard, including: freezer boxes, egg cartons, paper towels, napkins, meat and bones, dairy products, compostable tableware, and pizza boxes too greasy for recycling pick-up. The site is located at the corner of Macalester Street and Grand Avenue (across from Patagonia).


For more information, and registration directions, go to:


Save money, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions with these tips:

  • Avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Consider air drying both dishes and clothing
  • Check out your fridge: Cover food, clean the compressor foils, check the seal and put in water jugs to keep it full and colder
  • Close your drapes or shades. Windows are one of the largest sources of heat gain in your home. Keeping your drapes and shades closed during the day helps keep unwanted heat out of your home
  • Turn your thermostat up: 78 degrees when at home; 85 degrees when away. Use fans to circulate cool air.
  • If you need a dehumidifier, make sure it is an energy-star rated one.

More Resources:


Energy Savers guide:


How to have an Environmentally-Friendly Apartment:


First Steps Towards Energy Savings:

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...
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:

Maria Langholz

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