• Zero Wast 2020
  • Carbon Neutral 2025
  • Eduating Leaders

We've got big plans

Macalester is educating a new generation of leaders about the importance of sustainability while providing hands-on experiences. The Sustainability Office actively engages students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the goals of making Macalester a zero-waste and carbon-neutral college.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is the continuous effort to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs by working toward a healthy environment, social justice, and strong economy.  At Macalester, sustainability is infused throughout our core values of academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. (2009 Sustainability Plan Definition)

RecyclemaniaSpecial Competiton

Join in Recyclemania and Campus Conservation Nationals Events on campus!  

Recyclemania is an eight-week long nation wide competition for schools to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Throughout the competition, schools report trash and recycling data to see who maintains the highest recycling rate. 

Campus Conservation Nationals is the largest energy competition in the world!   Our dorms compete with other dorms nationwide to reduce energy. At the end of the three week competition period, the dorm that has reduced its electricity usage by the most will win a pizza party! 

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Take Action

Together, we can achieve great things. Share your idea for making Macalester more sustainable and get involved in projects already underway.
What you can do