SUSTAINABLE SCOTS NEWSLETTER
Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

November 15th, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
Sustainable Career Advice
Warsaw Climate Negotiations
Winter Bike Storage
EnviroThursdays
Local Pollution
Quick Reads



 November's Sustainability Theme Is: JOBS
Economic recession has taken a toll on both the quantity and quality of jobs. For the 190 million unemployed, and for over 500 million job seekers over the next 10 years, labor markets are vital not only for the production and generation of wealth, but equally for its distribution. 
 
Economic action and social policies to create gainful employment are critical for social cohesion and stability. It's also crucial that work is geared to the needs of the natural environment. "Green jobs" are positions in agriculture, industry, services and administration that contribute to preserving or restoring the quality of the environment.
-Rio+20 Issue Brief

This newsletter will focus on this theme at multiple levels from the Macalester community to the global workforce.  

  

Stay warm! 

Emily

News and Upcoming Events

Sustainable Career Advice from your Sustainability Manager, Suzanne Savanick Hansen

 

Women's Environmental Network  (http://fwef.org)

Women'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:
  (http://www.nextstep.state.mn.us)

 

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: (http://www.greendrinks.org)

 

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:
(http://netimpactminneapolis.org)

 

Net Impact Minnneapolis 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):        (http://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org

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 available.
 

Career Development Center (http://www.macalester.edu/cdc/

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.

 

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. 

Climate Negotiations in Warsaw:

Representatives from more then 190 countries gathered in Warsaw, Poland to debate how the international community will deal with climate change 
past 2020. Nations throughout the world are falling behind on their goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Major breakthroughs are not ex
pected at these talks. They are described as laying the groundwork for a global agreement by 2015 at the Paris Climate Conference. 
 

Click here to Read updates 

 

Key Issues To Know on Warsaw Climate Talks

 

1. The "not yet agreed upon" 2015 Accord 

In 2011, UN members agreed to conclude a new deal by 2015 that would limit global warming to 2°C. Taking effect from 2020, it would bind all countries- including chief polluters the United States and China - to targets for reducing greenhouse gases. An agreement has not yet been reached due to unanswered fundamental questions which remain unanswered.

 

2. Financing Climate Change Resiliency

At the 2009 Copenhagen summit, rich nations undertook to "mobilising jointly" $100bn per year by 2020 to help poorer countries cope with climate change. Funding would come from a wide range of sources, public and private. Developing countries say they need about another $60 billion between now and 2015 to deal with an increase in droughts, floods, rising seas and storms.

 

3. Damage from Climate Change 

New and divisive, this issue entails covering loss and damage suffered by poor countries from climate change, and possibly building an insurance mechanism for future losses.The issue nearly scuppered last year's UN negotiations in Doha, Qatar, with countries led by the United States fearing an open-ended liability for compensation.The Doha meeting agreed to put in place "institutional arrangements" for loss and damage in Warsaw.

 

Click here to read more:

"Its time to stop this madness" - Philippines plea at UN climate talks

EcoHouse Fall Open House
Today! Friday, November 15th, starting at 7pm
200 Vernon, Macalester College
 
Join the EcoHouse for a fall Open House. Learn more about living in the house and its many cool amenities.

We'll be drinking hot apple cider and guests will make their own caramel apples and crafts made out of recycled materials like pressed leaf mobiles. There will be lots of other yummy snacks too! 

Bring your friends- everyone is welcome to drop in at any time!
Winter Bike Storage Program 

The cold has rolled in and will soon be followed by snow - but it's not too late to keep your bike safe and warm over the winter! 
 
Friday is the last day to pre-register your bike for Macalester's Winter Bike Storage Program. Stop by to ensure your bike is protected from harm during the upcoming frigid months. Cost to participate is $10 (much less than a tune-up in the spring!) 

Bike dropoff for participants is 4:30-5:30 on Friday, on Macalester Street by the baseball diamonds. Provided sufficient space, drop-in registration will be possible on Friday at 4:30. Participants should bring bike, student ID, registration fee (if not already paid), and lock with key. Bikes will be available for pickup March 10th and 11th, right when all the snow will (hopefully) have melted. 

Legislation Promoting "Green Collar" Jobs"


The Green Jobs Act of 2007:
"authorized up to $125 million in funding to establish national and state job training programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, to help address job shortages that are impairing growth in green industries, such as energy efficient buildings and construction, renewable electric power, energy efficient vehicles, and biofuels development."
 
The Energy Independence and Security Act passed in December 2007 incorporates the Green Jobs Act of 2007. Additionally, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), passed in early 2009, includes provisions for new jobs in industries such as energy, utilities, construction, and manufacturing with a focus toward energy efficiency and more environmentally-friendly practices.
 
  

 

Macalester's New Electric Vehicle Charging Station
 

Global Problem:

Our transportation system relies heavily on the fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. In order to reduce global emissions, we need new infrastructure that can support a non-petroleum system.

 

Local Solution:

Electric vehicles differ from petroleum-powered vehicles in that the electricity they consume can be generated from a wide variety of sources including wind power, solar power, tidal power, or any combination of these. Macalester has become a community leader in building the infrastructure necessary to support electric vehicles. In the fall of 2013, an electric vehicle charging station was installed on campus just north of Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center for use by staff, faculty, and members of the community

 

Implementation:

Macalester received a Federal grant and an Xcel Energy grant for two electric vehicle charging stations to be installed on campus. The grants are administered through the MPCA and Metropolitan Council.  We have purchased and installed one Coulumb CT2021 bollard-style model station with two charging ports and install it in the lot near the Music building where the conduit is already installed.
Help make Macalester's composting program a success! 

Make sure you know what is (and is not) compostable.

 

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 (above)

NOPE, NOT COMPOSTABLE!

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

EnviroThursdays

The Environmental Studies Department hosts a weekly presentation of speakers and videos on environmental issues. All are welcome. EnviroThursdays take place in Olin-Rice 250 at 12 noon.

 

Thursday, November 21st
"Health Implications of Climate Change in Minnesota"
Speaker:  Kelly Muellman, Planner for the Minnesota Climate and Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Health

The last few decades of climate observations are concerning; the rate of change is unprecedented in recent history and changes are already having consequences on the health of the public. This presentation will provide an overview of observed climate changes in Minnesota, the potential impacts on public health, and the populations most vulnerable to climate change effects.

 

Kelly Muellman's past projects have included assessing the comprehensive planning process in the 7-county metro area for inclusion of health and climate change; investigating the integration of climate change and health impact assessment with the environmental review process; using GIS to investigate the location of populations vulnerable to climate change effects; and development of climate change training modules around the topics of water quality and quantity, air quality, and agriculture and food security. She started at MDH in June 2011 following the completion of her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School.

 

Thursday, December 5th
Study Abroad Informational Meeting for Environmental Studies Majors
Olin-Rice 270
Off-Campus Happenings

Green Ideas Breakfast Forum 
Tuesday, Nov 19, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:30! 
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis MN

 

In just a few weeks, the new plan for the PolyMet mine project in northeastern Minnesota will be released to the public. At next week's forum you can get all the details about the mine proposal and help us build momentum to oppose this toxic threat. 

 

The proposed PolyMet mining project sits in the Lake Superior basin and could result in sulfuric acid pollution, which could harm or kill fish and wildlife, and increased mercury levels in the Lake Superior watershed. 

We'll be joined by Kathryn Hoffman, an attorney with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, who's team of scientific experts is reviewing the mine plan. We'll also hear from Matthew Anderson, the Director of Audubon Minnesota.

 

On top of the risks from this mine in particular, approval of PolyMet could pave the way for future sulfide mines such as the Twin Metals project, just a few miles from the Boundary Waters wilderness area. Armed with the facts, you can help protect Minnesota's environment and weigh in against the PolyMet sulfide mine project.

 

Join for breakfast and a discussion of our efforts on this critical issue. 

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


Resonate! How 90 Seconds of Cello Music Is Helping People Connect With Climate Science
Wednesday, November 20th, 12pm-1pm

Institute on the Environment Seminar Room R380, 

Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., U of M, St. Paul Campus

 

Daniel Crawford, Undergraduate, College of Liberal Arts;
Scott St. George, IonE Resident Fellow and Professor of Geography, College of Liberal Arts;
Todd Reubold, IonE Director of Communications

Anthropogenic climate change is one of the most challenging problems humanity faces, but public opinion surveys show that many people are skeptical about global warming. In this seminar, Crawford, Scott St. George and Reubold will share their experiences with using music to help climate science reach out to new audiences. Their first collaboration - a music video that reconfigures global temperature data as a cello composition - has been described as "amazing, and eerie" and "an effective tool to show people that our planet is changing." Join us to learn what global warming sounds like!

 

Free and open to the public; no registration required

"Millennials as Environmental Leaders: What Does the Future Hold?" 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7-8pm 
Center for Energy and the Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 560, Minneapolis, MN
 
Come learn about building the next generation of environmental leadership, for weathered and upcoming leaders alike! This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, but space is limited!

Panelists include: 
Kate Knuth, Director of the Boreas Leadership Program at the U of M Institute on the Environment
Deanna White, State Director of Clean Water Action
Alondra Cano, Mpls City Council-elect, Activist for Youth, Immigrants, and Environment 

 

More information and registration online: www.wenmn.org

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: www.trotterscafe.com 

Check it Out!

Want to Work in Sustainability?

 

Are you interested in a sustainability career but have no idea where to start? A very nice guy has compiled a list of useful resources that can jumpstart your search! Check out this website for links to to websites and a brief description of what they have to offer.

 

Click here to view the website

Curious about local pollution levels?

 

Curious about the pollution levels in our neighborhood? Check out the MN Sustainability Data page.  Originally set up as a faculty resource, it includes links to Cancer Mortality Maps and TOXMAP (environmental health e-maps):

http://www.macalester.edu/sustainability/currriculumresources/mnsustainability.html 

Quick Reads:
Sites for Browsing, Exploring, and Brain Stimulation
  • A very cool visual representation of who is emitting carbon in the world literally as you watch. Also people who is being born and who is dying.  http://breathingearth.net
  • Remember reading national geographic on people's coffee tables and in bathrooms growing up? The magazine now has a really cool website with interesting articles, insightful ideas, and... you guessed it: 
    Stunning Photography! 
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com
  • An ultra efficient solar technology "The Supercapacitor" http://vimeo.com/51873011
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:

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: shansen2@macalester.edu

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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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Emily Sylvestre
esylvest@macalester.edu

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