SUSTAINABLE SCOTS NEWSLETTER
Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office
March 10th, 2014
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This month's theme is...
The Sustainability Office will focus on all things waste this month. Macalester is currently participating in Recyclemania, a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities! Stay tuned for more waste themed events including the Recyclympics and "Get Caught Recycling". Also be sure to check out all of the other sustainability related events featured in this newsletter for February.
Hope you're all doing well and have a good spring break!
Women's History Month
Women's History Month (WHM) is an annual worldwide commemoration that highlights the contributions of women in history and contemporary society. In the United States, WHM had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week." In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed a resolution which designated the month of March 1987 as "Women's History Month." Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women's History Month.
Real Food Town Hall
Thursday, March 27th, 4:30-6:30pm
The Food Hub, Macalester's student-driven food collaborative is hosting a Real Food Town Hall to discuss the creation of Macalester's Real Food Action Plan, a sustainability policy that sets up guidelines and benchmarks around food education and food service at Macalester. The Town Hall is Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Macalester's campus, beginning with a panel framing the diverse challenges facing the food system and the innovative solutions that organizations have spearheaded in response. After the panel, we will break into smaller discussion groups to ensure that the interests of producers, consumers, communities and the environment are represented in our food policy. The event will conclude with a reception featuring local food.
In October 2012, after a year and a half of student organizing, Macalester College became the first college in the Midwest to sign onto the Real Food Campus Commitment, a nation-wide pledge to shift 20 percent of dining hall food purchasing to community based, fair, humane and ecologically-sound sources by 2020. Since then, students and staff have been hard at work translating this vision into a campus-wide food policy for creating a more just and sustainable dining hall, increasing student and community learning about the food system and tracking progress towards these goals. This Town Hall and Real Food Action Plan are the result of this collaboration.
Recyclemania and Campus Conservation Nationals
February 3rd - March 28th
1 Competition. 8 Weeks. 8 Themes. 6 Events
Stay tuned for weekly events!
Week 1 Light Conservation
Week 2 Energy Conservation
Week 3 Textile Waste
Week 4 Food Waste
Week 5 E-Waste
Week 6 Traditional Recycling
Week 7 Water Conservation
Week 8 Traditional Recycling
This weeks theme is "Traditional Recycling." Get caught recycling all over campus and win prizes!
To find out more contact Diana Chao - firstname.lastname@example.org
Olin Rice 250 at noon, light lunch provided
March 13th, 2014
"The Indigenous Roots of Sustainable Forestry in the United States and an Environmental History of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin"
Speaker: Mike Dockry, Research Natural Resource Specialist, USDA Forest Service
For many indigenous communities, forests have powerful cultural, historical, and economic meanings. In this talk, Mike explores the meanings of forest management (harvesting trees for timber) on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. He addresses three fundamental questions: How have Menominee people and non-Menominee people understood their relationship with forests and forest management through time? How and why has the Menominee forest changed through time? How does history and culture shape definitions, practices, and understandings of sustainability?
March 13th, 2014
Spring Break, No EnviroThursday
March 27th, 2014
Speaker: Leslie Brandt, Climate Change Specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, USDA Forest Service
For the most up-to-date descriptions of the presenters and their topics, check out the Enviro-Thursday webpage: HERE
Updated Forecast for 2040
The Metropolitan Council recently issued new 30-year forecasts for cities and townships in the Twin Cities metro area. The forecasts of future population, households and employment describe where the Council expects population and job growth to occur. The revised forecasts replace preliminary forecasts issued in September 2013.
Overall, the new draft's local forecasts indicate that a changing mix of households will continue to increase demand for development in the central cities and developed suburbs.
The Council forecasts a gain of almost 400,000 households by 2040 - and thus new housing units. Of that household and housing growth, the Council projects that:
* 17% will be in the central cities;
* 27% in the fully developed suburbs;
* 47% in the developing suburbs; and
* 9% in rural areas and outlying rural centers
To see the revised forecasts click here
Resilient Systems in a Time of Climate Change
Wednesday, March 12th, 7-9pm
Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minnepapolis
Minnesota's climate is changing. Spring floods, summer droughts, warmer nighttime temperatures, higher humidity, and extreme weather events are becoming common. Designing a sustainable landscape and home is becoming more challenging! Join PRI Cold Climate on March 5th, 2014, 7-9pm at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, as they explore Minnesota's ecology, the changing conditions, and ways to design for these changes.
Instructors: Paula Westmoreland and Bruce Blair
Fee for each session is $15. For more information or to register, click here
2014 Bell Museum Sustainability Film Series
The Sustainability Film Series '14 explores the broad theme of home and shelter through stories of birds, bees, and human beings ranging from Europe to Cambodia to Midway Island, and across the continental U.S.
SFS'14 is brought to you by the Bell Museum of Natural History in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment/Sustainability Studies Minor and University of Minnesota Housing & Residential Life.
On Thursday, April 3rd, 7 p.m., the film A RIVER CHANGES COURSE will be shown (free with museum admission).
River Changes Course tells the story of three families living in Cambodia as they struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life while the modern world closes in around them.
|A RIVER CHANGES COURSE - OFFICIAL TRAILER|
For more information along with other upcoming films in the series, see the website
Global Green Supply Chains: What Matters and What to Do About It
U of M Frontiers in the Environment Presentation
Wednesday, March 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Building, St. Paul
Speaker: Timothy M. Smith, IonE resident fellow; director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise; and associate professor, bioproducts and biosystems engineering
Traditionally, corporate sustainability efforts have focused on reducing and preventing direct impacts of waste or emissions. However, the majority of climate, water and pollution impacts are the result of complex supply chains strung together to deliver value-added products and services. You may see processed food and meat on supermarket shelves; what you don't see are the environmental impacts of corn and fertilizer that go into those products. Nearly 95% of CO2 emissions produced by your favorite clothing lines are from purchased power, chemicals, textiles and transportation used before they reach the store. Voting 'green' with your pocketbook often means influencing your supplier's supplier to do the same. Identifying where in product supply chains to exert influence requires unprecedented coordination and collective action.
Join University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment for a look into ongoing supply chain sustainability initiatives coordinated by large NGOs and corporate consortia, and informed by UMN-led research.
Free and open to the public; no registration required
For more information, see website.
2nd Annual Minneapolis Community Connections Conference: Common Ground, a City that Works for All
Saturday, March 22, 8:00am-4:30pm
Minneapolis Convention Center
The 2nd Annual Minneapolis Community Connections Conference will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The conference is free to all participants.
The conference includes a keynote address by Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, over 35 workshops, and a post-conference social gathering.
Conference workshops are organized around four themes:
- Making the City Work for Me: Helping Residents Better Understand and Influence City Government
- Thinking Bigger: Collaborations Will Get You There
- Finding Common Ground: Gathering Diverse Communities Around the Table to Share Common Goals
- Running an Effective Organization: Managing Your Work, Finances and Communications
For more information, see the website.
Sustainability Meets Social Justice
Here in the Sustainability Office we have been thinking a lot about how social justice intersects with sustainability. For each newsletter a sustainability student worker will write a passage about how social justice is incorporated into their work. This newsletter we hear from senior environmental studies major Sabrina Upadhyay:
How does working at the sustainability office relate to environmental social justice?
For the past two years, my most consistent task has been to collect and calculate Macalester's greenhouse gas emissions every fiscal year. Retrieving this data enables us to plan and implement strategies toward reaching carbon neutrality by 2025. It is important for Macalester to reduce its carbon emission in order to ameliorate the effects on climate change. Climate change is a global problem that requires everyone to solve. It is threatening the existence of islands like the Maldives, reducing fishermen income in the Philippines, and diminishing fresh water resources in Nepal. It is not fair for countries who do not emit as much carbon dioxide to face the consequences of the world's carbon emissions. Working on Macalester's greenhouse gas emissions inventory enables Macalester to reduce its emissions thus ameliorating the effects of climate change.
Did you know?
Bon Appetit will now be offering compostable paper products and silverware for catering events that require non-china at no additional charge.
Way to go Bon Appetit!
Northeast Minnesota is a local, regional and national wilderness treasure. The St. Louis River is a precious and unique part of Minnesota's natural heritage. The St. Louis River watershed is also the headwaters of the Great Lakes. But right now, mining companies like PolyMet want to build new and toxic sulfide mines in th
e St. Louis River watershed that would create extreme water pollution that could last for the next 500 years and leave billions of dollars of cleanup costs for Minnesota taxpayers.
That's why Audubon Minnesota is working to prevent new mines that could pollute the St. Louis River watershed and destroy the homes of vibrant bird populations. Northeast Minnesota is a natural heritage treasure and one of the most beloved areas in our state, so if we can reach out to and rally enough public support, we can make sure these mines aren't approved and that the area's pristine waters are protected.
We are currently seeking interns interested in making a difference right here in the Twin Cities! This position begins immediately and will typically require 10-15
hours per week. Flexible scheduling is allowed. Positions are available as a Coalition Coordinator, Grassroots Coordinator, and a Media Coordinator.
Requirements: Positive, outgoing attitude. Strong interest in environmental issues and a commitment to protect Minnesota's clean water and natural heritage. Desire to learn and develop campaign organizing skills.
If interested, fill out this form online:
Or, contact: email@example.com (Subject line: Protect Our Waters Internship). Please indicate which of the positions above you are most interested in.
FIELD Internship Program has openings for the 2014 farming season
The FIELD internship program is a collaboration between sustainable farms and WSU Jefferson County Extension. We are located in East Jefferson County near Port Townsend. The program provides hands-on learning at a host farm combined with weekly classes taught by a wide range of farmers and community experts. Openings for full-time internships are still available on SpringRain Farm and Orchard and Finnriver Farm and Cidery.
SpringRain Farm is a 26 acre certified organic farm that produces eggs, chicken, turkey, lamb, bramble fruits, orchard fruits, honey, asparagus, garlic, and greenhouse crops. Shared housing and a monthly stipend are provided for our interns, and the preferred length of internship is from April to November. For more information, see www.springrainfarmandorchard.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finnriver is diverse 33 acre organic farm and artisan Cidery in Chimacum. The internship offered focuses on the farming side of the operation. Interns will learn about small-scale production and direct-marketing of berries, vegetables, tree fruit, chickens, ducks and pigs. The farm has a high volume of public visitors through the Cidery tasting room and farm events and we have an active community of neighbors. Shared hosing and a monthly stipend are provided. Internships are offered from April through November with a 3-month minimum. For more information, see www.finnriver.com/farm/internships or email email@example.com
Become an Environment America Fellow
Fight for a green future. Learn what it takes to win.
I'm Samantha Chadwick -- the Advocate at Environment Minnesota. We're a statewide citizen based environmental advocacy group. We're about clean energy, clean air, clean water, and protecting open spaces - right now our top priority is protecting the Boundary Waters from toxic mining. And, we're hiring!
To learn more and apply, visit jobs.environmentamerica.org. Our early application deadline is Sunday, February 23rd.
Environment Minnesota is part of the Environment America federation, a federation of 29 state-based groups with nearly 100 professional staff and more than 1 million members, activists and allies across the country.
Each year, we hire graduating seniors with the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, fight for a green future and do what it takes to win.
Our Fellowship Program is a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.
As a fellow, you're not just learning how to make an impact; you're making one. If you want to hear more straight from our current fellows, we put together a short video for you. You'll find it on our website here.
After two years as a fellow, you'll have learned the ropes, gained invaluable hands-on experience and you'll have made a real difference for the environment. Hear from two former fellows about the work they're doing now to fight frackinghere.
And if you're not graduating this year, I encourage you to apply to be an Environment Minnesota intern - you'll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues, and there's no better way to get the experience to launch your career.
2014 Internships at Women's Environmental Institute
The Women's Environmental Institute is now officially accepting applications for temporary, part-time farm intern positions for the 2014 season.
Internship Terms available:
Early Summer (June 1 - July 15) (3 Interns)
Late Summer (July 15 - August 31) (3 Interns)
Autumn (Sept 1 - Oct 31) (3 Interns)
Full-time farm internship includes a supporting intern stipend, week-day housing, and an educational program on organic farming. On-site residency is required during the week. Applicants who have a strong commitment to organic farming and to the environmental and agricultural justice mission of WEI are preferred. Some experience working on an organic farm or a strong ambition and dedication to learning how to farm are also preferred. Review of applications will start in January and continue until all positions are filled.
Please send to the following:
· Application (available online at www.w-e-i.org or by request at firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Your letter of inquiry indicating why you would like to do the internship and your qualifications
· Your résumé
· Names and contact information for three references
We will contact you for an interview if you are under consideration. Send your application electronically to email@example.com or mail to:
Women's Environmental Institute
P.O. Box 128
North Branch, MN 55056
In general the daily intern schedule when the farm is in full production would be something like this:
Tues - Fri a.m. (required): Work on farm (24 hours/week) - dedicated to field work and on-site learning in the field (this is hard physical work)
Saturday to Monday: Time off generally away from WEI farm campus or volunteer work time on the farm.
Dedicated time to your internship includes your hours of direct farm labor (billable hours), a minimum of six to eight hours per week on your individual project related to WEI farm programming, and participation at one farmers market event.
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:
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.
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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