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Macalester College’s High Winds Fund originally paid for the HOURCAR Prius that started the HOURCAR hub next to campus. HOURCAR is a convenient, environmentally friendly Twin Cities car sharing program. Group memberships are available for Macalester departments.

Subsidized Bus Passes are available to all Macalester students, faculty, and staff at the Information Desk in the Campus Center. The program started as part of the Macalester’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Flexible Work Arrangements - Macalester supports flexible work arrangements in situations which will benefit the employee, the work unit or department, and the college. These arrangements, which may be flexible hours, compressed work weeks, job sharing, or telecommuting, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commuters. In July 2010, Macalester College worked with eWorkplace Minnesota to evaluate three departmental teleworking pilot projects. The survey results show that telework significantly increased productivity by offering a time free of office distractions to work on projects. Supervisors in the pilot project also noted a more streamlined work flow because telework days were scheduled.
Survey Results

MacBike and BikeShare

BikeShare is a free bike rental program organized by MacBike. Macalester students, staff, and faculty can rent a bike at the DeWitt Wallace Library with a valid Mac ID for up to 24 hours.

High Winds Fund “Walk to Work” Program

The Fund provides financial assistance for staff who purchase houses within one mile from campus by offering “fix up” matching grants up to $3,000 for home improvement projects.

Low-Emitting Vehicle and Carpool Priority Parking

This program, which incentivizes emissions cuts through smart transportation choices, is a part of the Leadership in Energy in Environmental Design (LEED) points for Markim Hall.

Walk to Work Day each spring with a coffee break and prizes for bicyclists and walkers. In 2008, Macalester won the workplace competition for our size organization and our award bike rack trophy stands outside Markim Hall. Bike/Walk to Work Coffee is sponsored by the Sustainability Office twice a month. Brian Longley keeps a listserv for alternative commuters.  

Metro Transit’s Guaranteed Ride Home Program

A free perk for commuters - With the Guaranteed Ride Home program, you won’t have to worry about being stuck somewhere without a ride. This free program provides you a way home in an emergency – for instance, if you have a family issue or need to work unexpected hours. The program is open to commuters who bicycle and/or ride the bus or train, carpool, vanpool or walk at least three days a week to work or school. Once you register, you’ll receive two coupons every six months. Use the coupons for cab fare reimbursement (up to $25) or for emergency bus or train fare.


Take the Amtrak train and you can reduce your travel-related greenhouse gas emission emissions. If you are traveling to Chicago, consider the Amtrak train.
See the details about daily service from Minneapolis/St. Paul