SUSTAINABLE SCOTS NEWSLETTER
Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office
April 21st, 2014
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For the month of April, there are a few main events that I want to highlight.
#1. EARTH WEEK! Tuesday, April 22nd through Friday, April 25th, the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, along with the help of the campus community, will be hosting a series of speakers, workshops, "Earth Talks," and more! For additional information, and the most up-to-date version of our event schedule, go to: www.earthdayrevival.com
#2.MOVE OUT! Move out is in LESS THAN A MONTH. Yeah you heard me-- but that seems so crazy, right? We'll have a more extensive guide to a "smart" move- out in the next newsletter, but I'll mention a few important tips to consider in the time leading up to move-out, throughout this newsletter.
#3. GRADUATION! Yes, the end of the the semester also means the end of college for some of us! It's important to be sustainably minded as we go out into "the real world" and pick our homes, what sort of transportation we'll use, where we'll buy our food and what types of food we buy, etc. I've highlighted a few resources that will assist in making these sorts of choices, and will add a few more in the next newsletter.
Enjoy the warmth, spring may actually be here to stay :)
Mac's 2014 Celebration of Earth Week,
Tuesday, April 22nd:
4:45-7:30 PM-- Opening Ceremony
John B. Davis (Basement of Campus Center)
Featuring Keynote Karen Monahan (beginning at 5PM)
Environmental Justice Organizer at Sierra Club North Start Chapter
6:00-8:00 PM Life After Mac: Young Alumni Discussion Panel, Smail Gallery, Olin Rice
10:00-7:00 PM-- "Justice and the Environment" Collaborative Public Art Installation
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Commons
4:00-7:00 PM-- Earth Talks screening and Green Jobs Networking
Thursday, April 24th
11:45 AM- 1:00 PM-- IGC in the News: Keystone XL Pipeline
Davis Court, Markim Hall
12:00-1:00PM-- EnviroThursday: Reflections on Earth Day Revival Planning Process
Olin Rice 241
Friday, April 25th
5:30-8:00 PM-- Closing Potluck and Celebration
Location: Davis Court
Lunch and Learn: "The Green Line is Coming!"
Wednesday, April 23 from noon - 1:00 pm
Olin Rice, Smail Gallery
Join us for the next Lunch and Learn co-sponsored by WHAM and the Sustainability Office on Wednesday, April 23 from noon - 1:00 pm in the Olin/Rice Smail Gallery. "The Green Line is Coming! How You Get There Matters" - Transportation Options Present and Future, will be presented by St. Paul Smart Trips.
Big changes are coming soon. The 11 mile long Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line opens on June 14. Major improvements in bus service will also take effect with the opening of the Green Line. Learn how you can maximize your public transit, biking and walking connections to the campus and beyond.
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Lunch will be provided for those registered beginning at 11:45 am. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Green Line is Coming registration deadline is noon on Monday, April 21st. Space is limited.
If interested in registering, please contact Kurt Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
MacBike, the Sustainability Office and WHAM would like to keep you informed about items of special interest to the Macalester community of bicyclists and alternative commuters. If you want to be added to this list, please contact Brian Longley (email@example.com)
Organic Farmers Market Coming to Mac!
Exciting news for the Mac community!
In an our ongoing effort to support and promote individual and community health and wellness at Macalester, we are announcing a new partnership that will bring an organic farmers market to the campus starting Thursday, May 8th!
Local farmer, Sam Kedem (parent of an '86 Mac grad) will set-up shop every Thursday afternoon, from 3 to 5:30, to sell a wide variety of fresh seasonal produce, honey, flowers, seedlings, preserves, eggs, etc.... Additionally, for those who are interested, Sam also provides a CSA component to his business. Participants in the CSA will be able to pick-up their box of goodies on site during Sam's weekly visits. For more information on the CSA and Sam's farm, visits the website via the link below or see the attached brochure.
The market will set-up in the portico of the Leonard Center, overlooking the beautiful new studio art building and the inviting, open green space of Shaw Field. Summer is coming!
Celebrate Earth Day with the Land Stewardship Project
Tuesday, April 22nd from 7-11 AM
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Celebrate stewardship, democracy & justice on the land with Land Stewardship Project at the Red Stag Supperclub from 7-11 AM, on Tuesday, April 22nd.
Proceeds from the breakfast will support LSP's work to build a local and sustainable food and farming system that is good for the environment and good for you!
Questions and registration: https://landstewardshipproject.org/events/item/455
Northfield's 5th Perennial Earth Day Celebration!
Friday, April 25th- Saturday, April 26th
Day 1: Friday, April 25th (6:30 - 8:00 p.m.) "Community Solar 101" FREE Presentation & Coffee. Location: First UCC, 300 Union Street Northfield, MN
Day 2: Saturday, April 26th - FREE resilient skill building activities: Make goat cheese and soap, sew snack bags, attend a solar tour, make a felted wool project, create a garden bed for "Free Food Help Yourself", plant seedlings in the Carleton Arboretum, tour a house with rainwater-solar and pedal power, help create a recycled sculpture, plant a tree in a NF park, workshop on ocean acidification & more.
Day 2 (evening): Saturday, April 26th at 5:00 p.m. - FREE soup supper / community potluck at the Carleton College Weitz Center: Bring your favorite dish to share with friends and neighbors in the Weitz Center Commons. After supper visit local sustainability exhibitor stations for how you can get involved in local sustainability activities. Bring your instruments and voice to end the day with a community jam session.
Visit www.transitionnorthfield.org for registration and schedule information.
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Awakening the Dreamer Symposium!
Saturday, May 10th, 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis, 55410
Please join us for the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. Designed in collaboration with some of the finest scientific, indigenous, and activist minds in the world, the Symposium explores the current state of our planet from a new perspective. During this half-day event, you will watch video segments, engage in small- and large-group discussions, and have time for personal reflection. By the time you leave, you will feel connected with your deep concern for our world, inspired by what's possible for the future, and empowered to make a difference.
Cost: $20-$50 sliding scale donation (taken at the door)
Thrive: Sustainability Sessions
Chowgirls Killer Catering and The Growler are very excited to present Thrive: Sustainability Sessions, five weeks of lively conversation exploring how ideas around food, agriculture, and beer can lay the groundwork for a healthier future for all of us.
Chowgirls will provide a light snack, cash bar will be available, along with coffee service by Spyhouse, and a different local brewer will be spotlighted each session.
We hope you'll consider attending one , some, or all sessions, and help spread the word about these fun and informative events.
Thrive session titles include:
* April 21 at 7:00 PM - Thrive: The Essence of Sustainability and Beyond . Sustainability expert Dylan Skybrook talks about the necessity of recognizing an interconnected world and Joshua Foss from Ecala Group talks about Thriveability--going beyond just avoiding negative impact. Together, they'll help people think about the core of sustainability and cooperating with the planet as an interconnected system.
* April 28 at 7:00 PM - Thrive: Amazing Grazing - The Importance of Grass Fed Beef. Todd Churchill from 1000 Hills Cattle Company talks about why he raises grass-fed beef using no grain, no antibiotics, and no artificial hormones and gives a history lesson of how politics and power have shaped and created the current food system.
* May 5 at 7:00 PM - Thrive: The Locavore Link - Know Your Farmers. Chowgirls co-founder and boss lady Heidi Andermack and Chef Jerry Fodness join the always engaging Bossy Acres' Karla Pankow and Elizabeth Millard, and Peterson-Limosin Beef's Andy Peterson to talk about the importance of local sourcing and partnerships in food businesses.
* May 12 at 7:00 PM - Thrive: Drinking and Thriving-Sustainability and Brewing. Joe Alton, editor at The Growler magazine will lead a conversation that covers various aspects of the brewing process. A great lineup of panelists include Ryan Petz of Fulton Beer Jay and Sandy Boss-Febbo of Bang Brewing Tom La Pitz of Hippity Hop Farms, and Chris German of BSG Craft Brewing and Rahr Malting.
Frontiers in the Environment talks
Wednesdays, 12-1:00 PM
Institute on Environment (U of M) Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul, MN
Developing world changers, saving Yellowstone, the real global disease hotspots, social responsibility in Scandinavia and the frontiers of carbon reduction are the featured topics for April's Frontiers in the Environment talks, held at noon Wednesdays in St. Paul or online. Each session includes a lively 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A and a networking reception.
April 23rd - "Scandinavia: Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility"Copenhagen Business School and Director of Nordic Network for
Robert Strand, Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability,
April 30th -
"Adventures on the Frontiers of Carbon Reduction"
J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy
For more information on these or other Frontiers in the Environment talks visit: http://environment.umn.edu/news_events/events/frontiers.html#strand
Pachamama Book Club
Sunday April 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Spirit United Church, 3204 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis
We had a spirited and wide-ranging conversation at our last book club gathering, and invite you to join us next time to discuss Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. (We will discuss the book over two months--second meeting will be Sunday May 18.) Kaia Svien, who has studied extensively with Joanna Macy, will be joining us to help facilitate the conversation.
Social Impact Investing for Sustainable Community
May 9, 2014 at 8:00 am
Hamline University, Carol Young Anderson & Dennis L. Anderson Center, 774 Snelling Ave, St. PaulHamline University and Opportunity International have partnered for a one-of-a-kind event that will bring professionals in public service, nonprofit organizations, and corporations together to address issues of poverty. Get inspired to think differently about community economic development. reSolution '14 focuses on Impact Investing and the role of government, non-profits and business in making investments that generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return on investment. You will gain insights on Impact Investing, what it is, how it is used and where it is headed, particularly in relation to job creation and food sourcing. Experts in the field, including local social entrepreneurs, will provide examples of impact investing, as well as practical advice for putting impact investing to work.
For more information: http://www.hamline.edu/resolution/
New Showtime Series, Years of Living Dangerously
On April 16, a new nine-part series on climate change premiered on the premium channel Showtime, starring famous correspondents including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jessica Alba, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Mark Bittman, Harrison Ford, Thomas Friedman, Ian Somerhalder, and more. The show, produced by James Cameron, Schwarzenegger, Jerry Weintraub, Daniel Abbasi, Maria Wilhelm, and former 60-Minutes producers who have won 12 Emmys between them (Joel Bach and David Gelber), offers a human face to climate change.
In addition to the television series, Years of Living Dangerously has teamed up with the National Wildlife Federation to create appropriate curriculum and online experiences to allow middle and high school teachers, college faculty, and parents to incorporate the curriculum into their work. "The goal of Years of Living Dangerously is to galvanize a national conversation on the realities of climate change and inspire people to share their own stories and empower them to get involved in solutions," commented David Gelber.
The first episode is available for free on YouTube:
2. Spring Gardening: Make Your Own Plant Markers:
3. Making Plans for Summer Travel?
Collaborative consumption is not only changing the way we manage our stuff, but also the way we travel. Savvy travelers have long known that it's best to skip tourist traps and go where the locals go. Because the sharing economy facilitates exchanges between real people, it's the perfect way to travel like a local (while saving money).
If you're making travel plans, these 24 apps can help you make the personal connections you'll need to create an unforgettable trip filled with authentic experiences.
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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