• 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)

Macalester College Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements

August 2014 - Macalester College receives a STARS Gold Rating in recognition of their sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a program of AASHE that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.  More information

Composting BinsCompost Bins - In an effort to get closer to our campus goal of Zero Waste by 2020, Facilities Services is adding more compost bins. More Information


RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. More information

Campus Conservation Nationals 2015Campus Conservation Nationals 2015 - Macalester College will be participating with 182 schools nationwide in the Campus Conservation Nationals, a competition with the goal of reducing colleges’ water and electricity usage. During the three week competition (February 9-March 2), in the campus center, two television screens will display data showing students’ net energy usage from meters in the dorms in real-time. The energy requirements of the building while unoccupied will be subtracted to clearly display the energy impacts of our activities. Please keep your eyes open for these displays or weekly updates in the Daily Piper, and compete to reduce your impact starting today!

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

Data and Reports

Check out this page for comprehensive Macalester College sustainability data and reports. Data