A FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
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||Lauren Ballewske '10
Job: Environmental Studies Department and EcoHouse Student Worker
||Laura Bartolomei-Hill '10
Job: Library Sustainability Worker
Who Am I: Senior Environmental Studies/History double major from College Park, MD. I like the Washington Capitals, peanut butter cookies, and the Sierra Student Coalition.
What Jobs/projects I'm working on: Reducing paper use in the library and making Onesies notebooks.
Goals: Figuring out how to make the Onesies bigger and more popular!-- maybe extend paper collection beyond the library. and other paper reduction projects in la biblioteca.
||Maars Beltrandy y Rudquist '13
Job: Art Department Sustainability Worker
Who Am I: I am a freshman prospective Political Science major, who is also interested in Environmental Studies, Education, Philosophy, Math, Art, and Theater. I've volunteered and worked on political campaigns the last two years, and want to end up doing something that makes me happy, and that will make a real difference for the next generation in some way or another.
Goals: Make the Art Department more aware of the impact that their art can have on the environment, and work towards finding a way to reduce this impact.
Job: Library Sustainability Worker
Who Am I: International Studies and English major from Fort Collins, Colorado.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: As a sustainability student worker in the library she is currently working on reducing paper waste, especially in regards to printing. She is interested in sustainable approaches to learning through reading, food waste issues at Café Mac, and the ways in which sustainability relates to other environmental issues. Kaija also enjoys playing the band, playing bagpipes, and volunteering at the English Learning Center.
||Zoë Campbell '09 (December graduate)
Job: Grounds Sustainability Student Worker
Who Am I: I am a biology major with a penchant for projects, Opiliones, well made trails, and coconut popsicles. The wide world beckons, so hopefully I will finish all these projects before graduating this winter.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: I happily checked “get recycling at the stadium” off the to-do list last week, and planted stretch of native plants designed by Zoe Hastings along Macalester Street in early October. Right now, I am working to develop management plans for the greenroofs and prairie, create electronic records of Grounds’ water usage, test some environmentally friendly ice-melt products, and make headway on a stormwater plan. Goals: Get the ball rolling for a campus-wide stormwater and landscaping plan, and make sure Grounds doesn’t get left out of the rush towards sustainability.
||Abby Colehour '12
Job: Café Mac Sustainability worker
Who Am I: I am a sophomore Biology Major, resident of the legendary Veggie Co-op, involved in the student garden group MULCH and African Music Ensemble. I have passions for agriculture, anthropology, food culture, evolution, fascinating organisms, farmers markets, and bluegrass music.
What jobs/projects I am working on: I work on a variety of Cafe Mac related projects as they come up, including the Eat Local Challenge, food and paper waste reduction, education and awareness, and food sourcing. My major project this year is keeping track of all of Bon Appetit's (Cafe Mac's dining service provider) food purchases and researching their sources with the ultimate goal of determining how much of this food is local, ecologically sound, humane, fair, and/or conventional.
Goals: Get to know the sources of Cafe Mac's food and make this information more accessible to students, write up a report for the project described above, act on the suggestions and ideas that students have regarding food.
||Austin Delmond '12
Job: ITS Sustainability Worker
Who Am I: I am a sophomore Cognitive and Neuroscience Studies Major from Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas. I like sea lions, thin mint ice cream, and BBQ. As well as progress towards a sustainable future.
What Jobs/projects I'm working on: I'm working on increasing use of the eco-font on campus (download at http://www.ecofont.eu/downloads_en.html) and hopefully increasing smart Moodle use by professors. I am also open to suggestions by anyone for ideas.
Goals: My goal would be to have widespread if not complete use of the eco-font on printed documents as well as more Moodle submissions and less paper class handouts.
||Timothy DenHerder-Thomas '09 (December graduate)
Job: Sustainability Student Network Coordinator: Sustainability Office
Who I am: Senior Environmental Studies Major.
What jobs/projects I'm working on: These include "coordinating sustainability student worker network and connecting with supervisors", "supporting members in the sustainability student worker network", "creating materials and providing mentorship that help new leaders advance their own work", and "sharing stories and methods of success with members of the campus community and the broader public".
Goals: I am really excited about setting up an effective grassroots communication system and an easily usable diagram of Macalester engagement in sustainability. I am also personally very excited about growing the work pioneered at Macalester off-campus through groups I have helped form and am helping run like Grand Aspirations (www.grandaspirations.org) and the Summer of Solutions (www.summerofsolutions.org). Making it happen using the attitude that the impossible will take a little while.
||Elise Griffin '10
Job: Environmental Justice Coordinator: Sustainability Office
Who am I: I'm a senior Biology major with an emphasis in International Issues and a minor in Environmental Science. I'm in MacBike, Ultimate Frisbee, Queer Union, FIA STARSA and Students for a Free Tibet. I believe in the outdoors, cooking in good company, Fridays, and chocolate.
What jobs/projects I'm working on: I am collaborating with student groups, community groups, and departments on campus to advocate through lectures, events, education, and grass roots activism on environmental injustices. I am organizing an EJ Forum, EJ study abroad photo competition, creating a website for EJ resources and services offered for Macalester community. I am also working with Sabrin and Anab, two awesome interns from the Minnesota Internship High School this semester to hold community energy saving workshops in the Seward West Apartment building in Minneapolis.
Goals: Create a visual and interactive Toxic Tour Map for the Twin Cities and inject Environmental Justice activism in as many places as possible. Help Sabrin and Anab become environmental leaders in their school and communities.
||Kent Hackbarth '13
Job: Assistant: Sustainability Office
Who Am I: I am a freshman pursuing a Chemistry Major with the possibility of a Minor in Anthropology or History. I love the outdoors; there is not a time where I'm not thinking about being in the woods or on a lake. Being from rural Wisconsin, it's interesting for me to compare the urban culture of Macalester and the Twin Cities with the environment I was born and raised in. Oh, and i LOVE country music!
What jobs/projects I'm Working on: Currently working on the GHG Emissions data collections and calculations.
Goals: Create an improved guideline for the GHG inventory calculations.
||Annie Harold '12
Job: Recycling Communications Coordinator: Facilities
Who am I: I’m a sophomore pursuing an interdisciplinary major in Environmental Justice and a minor in English literature.
What jobs/projects I’m working on: I am conducting low-key interviews with members of the Macalester community in order to determine what could be done to make the recycling system more convenient and efficient. I’m also designing new signs for bins and zero-waste events, writing a pamphlet on proper recycling to be distributed in first-year orientation materials and working on a segment about recycling to tack onto Adrienne McDonnell’s Sustainable Scots newsletter. My major project for the semester will be promoting Recyclemania, which begins just after winter break.
Goals: Increase enthusiasm and awareness about the benefits of recycling in the Macalester community. Raise our recycling rates by the end of the semester. Promote recycling while strongly emphasizing that it comes last in the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.
||Karoline Hart '12
Job: Energy Efficiency Coordinator
Who Am I: I am a Geology major here at Mac, and am considering an English or an Environmental Studies minor. I am a competitive swimmer and spend most of my time either in the pool here or in the Veggie Co-op, playing on the trampolines. I’m interested in studying Earth surface processes and the modern effects of climate change. I like mountains, triathlons, and meeting people.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: My job really has two parts: the “free” energy savings – student awareness, and measurable, energy saving projects. Currently I’m implementing vending misers and tracking dorm energy usage. I welcome all comments, project ideas, and feedback.
Goals: I would love to see our college move away from heating hot water, at least in the housing not connected to central heating.
Job: Grounds Sustainability Assistant
Who Am I: I am a Biology and Environmental Studies double major from Elkhorn, WI. I love hiking in mountainous areas, riding my bike everywhere, being a member of African Music Ensemble, and playing in gardens. I also have a small obsession with plants - what can I say, they are amazing!
What Jobs/projects I'm working on: I am currently working on carrying out landscaping tasks associated with the the Macalester Sustainability Plan. Specific areas include researching de-icer alternatives, organizing composting efforts on campus, and facilitating the development of a Campus Landscape Management Plan and a Stormwater Management Plan.
Goals: To make information about the grounds department accessible and to build interdepartmental partnerships for future sustainable landscape projects.
||Autumn Hickam '13
Job: Information Desk Assistant
Who Am I: I plan to double major in Hispanic Studies & Japanese with a minor in Economics. I'm from Lawrence, Kansas, so I'm loving the urban atmosphere of Macalester and find all of the new environmental questions this environment poses very interesting. I am also active in Adelante, Queer Union, and MacDems here on campus. I'm very excited about being a part of this student network and learning how to make campus more sustainable!
What Jobs/projects I'm working on: I am working on making the campus community more aware of all of the great transportation programs Macalester offers, such as Zipride and Guaranteed Ride Home.
Goals: For all workers at the Information Desk to know about the transportation programs here and be able to answer questions about them. Also, to figure out the future of the bus pass subsidy and continue to educate people about alternative transportation.
||Joseph Houlihan '10
Job: Alumni Office Sustainability worker
Who Am I: Hi, I am a senior International Studies and Urban Studies major here at Mac. Generally about me: I am from Chicago, but I really love it here in the Twin Cities and especially at Mac. I play in a noisy jazz group and am in the sketch comedy troupe “Bad Comedy.” I’ve had an internship with a sustainable architecture company based out of Minneapolis, and next year I hope to work on public housing issues in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: I come to this group through the Alumni Office, where I will be focusing my energies on improving general office sustainability and lessening waste at the reunion.
Goals: My first projects will deal with overall reduction in paper use, and efforts to use less electricity.
||Ainsley Judge '11
Job: MacBike Mechanic
Who Am I: Geography Major, Environmental Studies Minor, and Urban Studies concentrator from Barrington, Rhode Island.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: As the BikeShare Coordinator for MacBike, I am currently working on finding new bikes, repairing old bikes, doing basic maintenance on existing bikes, and constructing a trailer for students to rent. I am interested in promoting the use of bikes on campus and in the Twin Cities by making them more accessible and providing necessary tools to make commuting by bike easier. I am an active member of MacBike and Ultimate Frisbee, and enjoys taking EXCO bike maintenance classes and volunteering at Sibley Bike Depot.
||Matt Kazinka '11
Job: Sustainability Assistant, Facilities Services
Who Am I: I'm a junior with an Environmental Studies major (Environmental Justice focus) and a Geography minor. I like to make Mac sustainable, work on community development project (the Summer of Solutions), play the trombone, cook, and grow beards.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: I'm in charge of getting all the four-foot florescent light bulbs on campus replaced with more energy-efficient ones, which is saving the college a ton of money. I work with the other sustainability student workers in Facilities and set up job opportunities, like a J-term employment program, that allow students to get paid to improve the college.
Goals: Get the few thousand light bulbs left installed before Spring Semester hits. Hire students to install light bulbs and do related sustainability work in January.
||Vinod Malwatte '13
Job: Sustainability Assisatant: Sustainability Office
Who Am I: I am a first year student. I am interested in majoring in Environmental Studies or Geography with a minor in Community and Global Health or may be Renewable Energy. I play Waterpolo for Mac and I am also a part of FaceAids.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: I am working on the STARS program at the moment, and also working on the fashion show project for FaceAids.
Goals: Help Macalester achieve is goals in sustainability and other green projects, while bringing diversity to it.
||Adrienne McDonnell '12
Job: Communications Assistant: Sustainability Office
Who Am I: I am a sophomore Geography major from the Philadelphia area. I am interested in urban design, women's empowerment, and how we structure space. I also love yoga, digging in the dirt, and watching flocks of birds and schools of fish. I also love painting and graphic design.
What Jobs/projects I'm working on: As the communications assistant, I compile and send out the Sustainable Scots Newsletter biweekly. I am also one of the organizers of the Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge.
Goals: Organize organize organize. Through updating the website, sending out the newsletter and making pathways of communication more direct, I hope to create a more efficient system of bringing sustainability info to the students, staff, and faculty.
||Kitty Ng '11
Job: Zero Waste Coordinator: Facilities
Who am I: I'm an Environmental Studies major with a focus in Geography and Sustainable development. I also am a member of ASA and AWOD.
What projects I am working on: I am working on introducing a sustainable purchasing member into MCSG's FAC so we can encourage sustainable practices within our student organizations. Also, I serve as a contact point to the Zero-Waste Committee. This semester, I will be working towards making the Zero-Waste Committee a more visible source for students. Also, I am starting a discussion on sustainable composting on campus.
Goals: Create a framework for composting throughout the year, facilitating discussion on FAC sustainable purchasing, and continuity in Zero-Waste committee meetings to help reach our 2010 goals.
||Emily Pancoast '11
Job: Information Technology Services Sustainability Assistant
Who Am I: I am a junior double major in Environmental and Educational Studies. I love to dance any type of dance, and am the co-president of MacSalsa club. Also, I do club and intramural volleyball, play flute in wind ensemble, and love to make omelets and pie.
Jobs/Projects: Last semester I got my job as the ITS Sustainability Assistant, and I created a website with campus statistics and how-to documents to educate the campus on our paper and energy use, and hopefully to teach people how to be more mindful of their environmental impact. Right now, I am working on a campaign under the slogan "Ponder before Printing," which was kicked off the first week of November with Printing Awareness Week in the Library and HRC. I also make the Onesies notebooks made out of one-sided paper that are sold in the library.
Goals: Create awareness of personal paper and energy use, inspire students and faculty to embrace sustainable habits, and stop single-sided printing.
||A. Miwa Oseki Robbins '12
Job: Communication Coordinator: Sustainability Office
Who Am I: I am a sophomore chemistry major interested in environmental science and medicine. I am in MacCARES, where my big project is the Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge. I also am in rock climbing club, and I volunteer weekly at the children’s hospital. I love the outdoors, adventures, and feeling like I am making a difference in the world.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: I write the “Sustainable Scots Newsletter” and do my best to keep track of all environmentally related campus groups and happenings. I am also organizing the Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge and serve as the Campus Strategic Coordinator in MacCARES. The Campus Strategic Coordinator serves as a resource for all on campus MacCARES activities and promotes collaboration and communication between groups.
Goals: Create an interactive diagram of sustainability on campus.
||Clare Pillsbury '12
Job: Sustainable Purchasing Assistant
Who Am I: I am a sophomore environmental studies major and anthropology minor. Currently, I am a member of the the Macalester Swimming and Diving Team and Mac Catholics. When I have time, I love being playing outside, and on Wednesday nights, you can probably find me salsa dancing at Picosa.
What Jobs/projects I'm working on: Currently, I am working on a collaborative effort to reduce bottled water among several of the ACTC schools. I also am working on formulating a water purchasing policy for Macalester.
Goals: Reducing the amount of bottled water purchased by ACTC schools.
||Dominika (Nika) Seblova
Job: Campus Program Assistant
||Julia Tyler '10
Job: Student Coordinator: Civic Engagement Center
Who Am I: I am a senior religious studies major interested in power, spirituality, and bodies. I love bizzare laughter, Raymond Carver, and swanky teas. I try to say "yes" to everything that presents
itself. I love to make music and art, and I can probably beat you in ping-pong.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: I send out newsletters to students regarding the internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities in the Twin Cities, and I create, organize, and publicize environmental-related projects and events.
Goals: I want to offer service work for the benefit of both the students and those being served. I aim to make students comfortable getting around the cities, usually by bike or bus.
||Yiting Wang '12
Job: Data Analyst: Sustainability Office
Who Am I: I am a sophomore Applied Math and Economics Major. I also work at the Institute of Global Citizenship. I'm the budgeting assistant for the Study Abroad Office. I'm interested in international issues. I'm in Mac MUN club and Chinese Culture Club.
What Jobs/projects I’m working on: I'm working on compiling the data of the campus water/sewage, energy/electricity and building models to look at the trends of the utility usage. I'm also working on the summary book of annual energy using manual and sustainability plan. Usually I stay at the front desk and help out with the Facilities Office's clerical jobs.
Goals: Provide support for the sustainability group.
||Shasta Webb '13
Job: Reservations Assistant
Who Am I: I am a first year interested in anthropology and geography. I am interested in public health, and I plan to attend nursing school after 4 years at MAc. At Mac I run on the sprinting team and I am involved in the Mac Weekly as an Associate Features Editor.
What Jobs/projects I'm working on: In the immediate future, reservations is working on cutting down the amount of paper waste that poster run generates. In the future, Reservations will release information that teaches organizations and department the most efficient way to make a reservation; additionally, Reservations plans to identify the least wasteful locations and times to hold events.
Goals: My immediate goal is to let all organizations and departments know the specifics of poster run, and my long-term goals include providing ideas for setups for events that little or zero-waste.
||Cara Weggler '10
Job: Zero Waste Coordinator
Who Am I: I am a senior from Tulsa, OK, Environmental Studies Major, double minoring in Music and Biology. I am involved with Flying Fingers, the folk music group on campus, and the Macalester Orchestra. I am currently working on an Honors Project studying native mussels in the St. Croix River (to satisfy my biology nerdiness). Nearly everything interests me and I always enjoy a good conversation and good music.
What Jobs/projects I'm working on: I am working with Annie Harold to publicize about Recycle Mania this is our first year to FULLY participate (last year was a test year). I also plan the Zero Waste Committee Meetings and I am helping to coordinate Move-Out for this year.
1. To be a resource for anyone doing projects related to Zero-Waste/ Help people connect to other people doing similar projects.
2. Raise awareness about first rethinking and reducing waste and then recycling on Campus
3. Help the Zero-Waste Committee take steps towards addressing the Sustainability Plan
4. Help make Move Out successful once again
5. Having heaps of fun while accomplishing all these goals