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Earth Day Video - Check out this video created by the Sustainability Office. Video»
Recyclemania Competition - Check out how Macalester is doing. REPORTs»
Check out the new Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability Progress Report that describes the progress we have made toward our campus-wide Sustainability Plan goals. REPORT»
Composting on campus started on campus January 1, 2013. DETAILS»
Did You Know You Can Eat That?! - Check out this article by Erin Daly for October Food Month.MORE»
Bi-Weekly News Update - Welcome to this new feature of the Macalester College Sustainability Office in which we will be summarizing news items happening in the wider world. This update will be published biweekly.MORE»
Sustainability Office Announces Monthly Themes - The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as the Rio+20 Conference, was held from June 20-22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It marked the 20th anniversary of the original 1992 Rio Earth Summit that framed the three pillars of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) through the Agenda 21 outcome document. The Macalester College Sustainability Office will be using the critical issues identified by the United Nations Rio + 20 event as the office monthly themes for the 2012-2013 academic year. This year's themes will be:
- September - Cities
- October - Food
- November - Water/Oceans
- December - Disasters
- February - Energy
- March - Waste*
- April - Jobs
*Waste is the only non-UN critical issue.
Sustainability Scots Newsletter June 7 - Check out the sustainability happenings in the Twin Cities area.
The Sustainable Scots Newsletter is a biweekly email that keeps you up-to-date with current campaigns, events, and opportunities from the Sustainability Office and the Macalester community. See archived newsletters here.
World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities - On June 5 and 6, 2012, representatives from schools in 26 countries came together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss sustainability in institutions of higher education. The event, the“World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2012), was an official parallel conference to the larger Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Macalester College sent two representatives to attend the WSSD-U-2012 - Sustainability Manager Suzanne Savanick Hansen and student Maria Langholz.read more»
President Rosenberg Signs a UN Declaration on Sustainability in Higher Educationread more»
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The 2009 plan was the first time the college comprehensively set goals and adopted strategies to address sustainability issues. Now that the plan has been underway for two years, many of the strategies were completed. To provide ongoing realignment of our actions to achieve our broad goals of climate neutrality by 2025 and zero waste by 2020, we updated the plan.
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The Macalester Sustainability Plan calls for Sustainability Action Plans at the departmental level in 2009-2010 for Campus Life and Operations and in 2010-2011 for Advancement, Academics and Admissions.
The Departmental Action Plans are designed to identify and celebrate projects already underway, identify goals and assistance needed. In this way, we can implement the sustainability plan in the same participatory way as the plan was developed when over 400 people from across campus provided input to the sustainability strategic plan.
See Departmental Action Plans from Facilities Services, Business Services, Information Technology Services, and Employment Services.
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Congratulations to Conrad Adelmann, Mark Adelmann, Mike Rademacher, Kim Pittsley, and Bruce Thatcher from Facilities Services for earning a “Green Star” award for reducing waste by reusing materials.
For years Facilities Services has found uses for discarded materials and saved useable material from the incinerator or landfill. Recently one staff reused discarded Art Department cabinets in the new MacBike bicycle repair shop. The staff has also re-purposed large particle board closet doors for shelving, salvaged/reused lock and door hardware. They also refurbished old mineral display cases from geology as a hallway display case for media services. In addition, the staff consistently reuses lock and door hardware, and recycles or reuse scrap materials from projects.
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The Sustainable Landscape Master Plan comprehensively addresses the sustainability of the Macalester College campus grounds while making a beautiful landscape.
This plan is intended as a dynamic document that will provide direction into the future. This plan was created with input from students, faculty, administrators, and campus landscape management staff. The plan is designed to meet the landscaping and stormwater goals of the 2009 Sustainability Plan and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Sustainability Advisory Committee is looking for possible budget items for the Sustainability section of the Technology, Equipment and Maintenance (TEM) budget. If you have a good idea for a sustainability project on campus, please submit your idea. The Energy and Buildings Task Force will review the potential ideas.
The Sustainability Office has designated a portion of its funding to support small on-campus projects that promote sustainability through creative and innovative action, help advance Macalester’s Sustainability Plan, and uphold the core values of Macalester College - academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. If possible, projects should encourage collaboration between staff, faculty, and students. An individual or group can apply for up to $1,000 in funding. Applications are rolling but funding is limited. Click HERE for the application. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or x8138.