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Macalester Receives Trane “Energy Efficiency Leader in Education Award” - May 5, 2010
Macalester College receives Trane "Energy Efficiency Leader in Education Award. The award honors a school for optimizing its academic environment while substantially improving energy efficiency. Macalester is the first liberal arts college in the country and the first institution in Minnesota to receive this award. Trane is a business of Ingersoll Rand.
Macalester Receives Minnesota Waste Wise Leader Award - October 9, 2009
Macalester College received a Minnesota Waste Wise Leader Award in recognition of the MacFreeSwap, Food Waste as Pig Food, and Move-out Waste Reduction Program, among other sustainability programs. The Minnesota Waste Wise Leader Award is given to Minnesota businesses who have shown true leadership in sustainable business practices including waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency, purchasing, and employee involvement. More at www.mnwastewise.org.
Macalester Receives Highest Grade from the College Sustainability Report Card 2010 - October 7, 2009
Macalester has received an overall grade of "A-" for its commitment to sustainability, placing it among the top 26 schools nationally and in Canada. The grade of "A-," issued by the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, was the highest grade given this year. Schools whose campus operations and endowment practices merited an overall grade of “A-” qualified as Overall College Sustainability Leaders–the highest level of recognition. In 2007, Macalester’s overall grade was a “C.”
The College Sustainability Report Card website, GreenReportCard.org, is the first to provide in-depth sustainability profiles for hundreds of colleges in all 50 states and Canada. In contrast to the academic focus on sustainability in research and teaching, the Report Card examines colleges and universities as institutions, through the lens of sustainability. Read more at www.greenreportcard.org.
Macalester Students Top 5 in Staples Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition
Macalester Students Elizabeth Foster, Arielle Miwa Oseki Robbins, and Dominkia Seblova were honored at the Staples Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition for their work organizing and running the 2009 Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge (MCEC). The Staples Ashoka competition “asks Youth Venture teams, which are made up of students between the ages of 12-24, to explain what course of action they have taken to address a social issue affecting their community. Five finalists are recognized “for their outstanding impact, innovation and potential.” The Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge, first held under a different name in the 2005-2006 academic year, is a month-long competition designed to engage college campuses in energy reduction. The competition is an enjoyable way for individuals and institutions to examine and creatively reduce their impact in context of the global overconsumption and unequal distribution of energy draw. The winning participant of the 2009 MCEC, for heating, electricity, and overall combined energy reduction, was Bemidji State University with a 12% overall reduction in energy use. Organizing for this year’s competition has already begun; schools will begin competing to lower energy use in February.
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Click here to view the award ceremony on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahnSxEO7j1o
Staff and Faculty Awarded a Twin Cities Bike/Walk Day Bike Rack Trophy
|For having the highest percentage of registered teammates in its class during Twin Cities Bike/Walk to Work Day on May 14, Macalester was presented with a small bike rack trophy from the event's organizers on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Of the 10 registered teams from workplaces with 300 or more employees, Macalester's team of 37 represented 8 percent of its staff and faculty, the highest percentage in the category. The bike rack is installed next to Markim Hall.
Some members of Macalester's 2008 Twin Cities Bike/Walk to Work Day team pose with the bike rack trophy they won for the college.
Rain Garden Receives Award for Native Vegetation
The Macalester College rain garden is one 16 gardens in the community to receive this award. more»
Macalester College Earns Sustainable St. Paul Award for Energy Efficiency Projects
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and the City Council presented the City’s second Sustainable Saint Paul Awards on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Mayor Coleman established the Sustainable Saint Paul Awards to honor outstanding achievements of individuals, businesses and organization that are protecting and restoring the environment in Saint Paul. Macalester College earned the Energy Efficiency Award for instituting environmental policies, building green buildings, and creatively financing projects through the Clean Energy Revolving Fund.