Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

August 5th, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
Composting Expands!
Senior Graduation Pledge
Quick Reads
Sites for Browsing
CERT Event

Hello everyone!

I hope that you all enjoyed the first newsletter of the summer, and took advantage of some of the great opportunities for sustainable summer living in the Twin Cities.

As the summer begins to wrap up (scary I know!), continue to be thoughtful in how and where you spend your time, money, and energy. Awareness and thoughtfulness are key pieces of promoting a more sustainable personal lifestyle, and are also part of transitioning to a society that fully addresses the needs of people and the environment.

If you're a student, and are preparing for your venture back to campus, practice consciousness and be critical about what you actually need to bring with you. Consider buying used furniture, skipping the mini fridge (especially if your roommate already has one), picking up three-ring binders from the Mac Free Swap (we have lots), or purchasing food from a local co-op or farmers' market once you're back in St. Paul.

I hope you are enjoying your summers, and are all looking forward to a new year at Mac. Campus is ridiculously quiet during the summer, and the few of us that are still around cannot wait for the liveliness and energy of the semester to arrive!

Best to all,
News and Upcoming Events

Composting Expands!


We began our composting program here at Mac last January, with composting available in four of our buildings, and due to our awesome results of this pilots, we are EXPANDING! By the time students return to campus for the fall semester, composting will be available in all major buildings on campus.


Keep an eye for green-topped composting bins in:

  • Common areas of non-residential buildings
  • Kitchen spaces in residence halls
  • Bathrooms with paper towel dispensers

A quick refresher on composting:


YES, compostable!

  • All food scraps (including meat, dairy)
  • All non-recyclable paper products
    • Napkins, paper towels, tissues; paper plates, cups, and food containers; paper milk and juice cartons; paper bags and waxed paper (fast food wraps, etc.)
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags
  • Pizza boxes (can also be recycled)
  • Compostable dishware with the Biodegradable Products Institute Logo

NO, do not compost me! 

  • Plastics of any kind, Styrofoam, foil, condiment packets, chip bags & candy wrappers 
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: 

Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair    

Aug 22-Sep 2, 2013   

The Eco Experience is a huge exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, filled with hands-on activities, demonstrations, and resources. The annual event is open during the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair. This year's dates are August 22-September 2, 2013.    The Minnesota State Fair's history in agriculture, food, arts and crafts, innovation, and youth projects are kept alive in this environmentally themed building. 


Topics include: renewable energy, architecture and eco-design; lakes, streams, and drinking water; landscaping; agriculture, water conservation and protection; healthy, local food;old and new materials; urban trees and more!    


For more information, see 

St. Paul Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days

Date: August -- Fridays, 10am-6pm, Saturdays, 9am-4pm


848 Pleasant Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102




Anti-freeze, batteries (vehicle/rechargeable/button), bug killers/repellents, cell phones, cleaners, fluorescent lights, gasoline, mercury thermometers, paint, propane tanks, used oil & filters, weed killer and more...


Check the label. If it says CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER, or POISON, it doesn't belong in the trash unless the container is empty.


Open to residents of Ramsey, Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, and Washington counties.




Reuse Center at Bay West Site


Drop off unwanted household chemicals like paints, automotive fluids, and pesticides, and find free products you need at this new Reuse Center, located at 5 Empire Drive in St. Paul. Must be 18 or older to take products. Product availability and selection will vary.


April-October hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-4pm.

Minnesota Garlic Festival 
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
McLeod County Fairgrounds,  Hutchinson, MN     
Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games...and lots of GARLIC - all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.  
Adults: $5, Kids under 12: $3, stroller/carried babies free, $1 Parking per vehicle     
For more information, see: or
Check it Out!

The Extraenvironmentalist


This entity defines itself as "blog and video series that explores the mindset of an outsider looking in on Earth. Such an outsider would be immediately struck by how unsustainable our social, environmental and economic systems are and would promote awareness of this problem while proposing alternatives."


Check out their videos at:


For more information about their work, and access to their podcasts:


Quick Reads 
Sites for Browsing, Exploring, and Brain Stimulation
  • An online magazine about sharing covering car sharing, cohousing, open source, cities, coworking, gov 2.0, coops, the commons & more... 
  • An excellent source of seasonal, vegetarian, and wonderfully tasty recipes:
  • Next Steps was 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. Features of this site include: searching for over 1,000 resources related to sustainability through regular or "action" searches, reviewing topic pages where top resources have been listed, posting and learning about jobs related to sustainability, posting sustainability-related events and reviewing the events calendar, adding the user's name to the online member directory and searching for others with similar interests, reviewing case studies, and more!
Food Glorious FRESH Food!

Farmers' Markets are in full-swing!


Farmers Markets are a great place to get fresh local foods and support your community. In addition, there are beautiful flowers, delicious honey, and luscious soaps available to purchase-- stop by one of the local farmers' markets and see what new products are available each week!


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. 

Current Opportunities
Get involved with Twin Cities' Environmental Organizations
Interested in pursuing a career in the environmental field? Ever wonder how the environment could be encompassed into the work you do? Consider doing an internship with a local environmental organization and learn a bit about what it's like to do work in this field. Check out the list of environmentally-focused internships provided by the Internship Office:

Work at the State Fair!

Prof. Christie Manning and student Rowena Foo need your help.   

They will be working in the EcoExperience building and collecting surveys for their research.

Date: September 1st (Sunday)
Time: Around 9 - 5pm (Each job shift is only 4 hours) 
Incentive: Free entry to the State Fair PLUS $20 in cash! 
Description: Hand out surveys to people at the EcoExperience. Must be friendly, know how to approach people etc.    

E-mail Rowena Foo if interested:
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.  


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