A FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
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In 2011, Macalester College will submit data to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.
STARS is designed to:
- Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
- Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
- Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
- Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
- Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.
See more information on STARS.
Curriculum and STARS
The Sustainability Advisory Committee adopted this definition of sustainability courses:
- Sustainability-focused courses concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.
- Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.
In 2011, the Sustainability Office preliminarily inventoried courses based on the above definition. After compiling the original list, the department chairs reviewed the list and made adjustments to course identification.
See the Course List.
Research and STARS
The Education in the Classroom Task Force developed this definition of sustainability research.
"Sustainability research focuses on a key principle of sustainability (such as social equity or environmental stewardship); addresses a sustainability challenge (such as climate change or poverty); or furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of societal and environmental challenges. Sustainability research at Macalester College seeks to advance theoretical or applied knowledge in support of economic prosperity, social wellbeing, and ecological health through integration of techniques, methods and modes of inquiry from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities."
By reviewing their curriculum vitaes, the following faculty are working on sustainability research:
Daniel Hornbach - Environmental Studies
- Louisa Bradtmiller - Environmental Studies
- Christopher Wells - Environmental studies
- Diane P.Michelfelder - Philosophy
- William G. Mosley - Geography
- Roopali Phadke - Environmental Studies
- Jamie Monson - History
- James R. Doyle - Physics
- Kelly Revenaugh MacGregor - Geology
- Amy L. Damon - Economics
- Helen Hazen - Geography
- Keith T. Kuwata - Chemistry
- Dan Trudeau - Geography
- Wang Ping - English
- Arjun Guneratne - Anthropology
- James Dawes - English
- Sarah West - Economics
- Ruthanne Kurth-Schai - Educational Studies
- Mark Davis - Biology
- Theresa Krier - English; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Jerald J. Dosch - Biology and Director, Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area