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SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE MASTER PLAN more
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."
MACALESTER GROUNDS CREW UPDATE - November 2012 - WaterMORE»
GREEN ROOFS more
You can't see it when walking to class but two buildings on campus are alive! Plants on the roofs of Kagin Commons and between Turck and Doty Halls reduce reflected heat, absorb rainfall, and extend the life of the roof. Check out a student presentation. See MacWeekly coverage of the Turk and Doty project. See the MacWeekly coverage of the Kagin project. PHOTOS
Experience part of the great North American grassland without leaving campus! The prairie south of Olin-Rice Hall under the wind turbine represents a piece of our heritage that once stretched from St. Paul west to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and extended from southern Canada to Mexico. The Mac Prairie contains over 80 species of flowers and grasses.
Rain gardens help keep our rivers clean by reducing the amount of water that runs off into our storm drains. The rain garden demonstrates Mac's commitment to improving the health of our watershed by utilizing nature's design.
"Creating a Rain Garden" - Report by ES Seminar students, Spring 2002
Tom Ibsen '93 at the site of the rain garden.
Photo taken by
Mark Vanderwel '93 in 1993.
Read more about Tom Ibsen in the design of the Prairie.