Global problem:  In 2011, 28 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were attributable to transportation. The high emissions and fossil fuel energy use and dependency wrought by our society’s attachment to car transport pose major problems for a sustainable future.
Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Local solution:  Macalester has implemented a number of programs to mitigate the necessity of traveling by car.

  • Subsidized Bus Passes - As part of our American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, Mac offers subsidized bus passes to make commuting around the area more sustainable for students. Bus and light rail passes can be purchased (with a Macalester ID) from the info desk in the Campus Center. Students can purchase an $11.00 valued pass for only $6.60. A semester-long pass with unlimited rides, costs $87.50. Please note that the stored value cards do not work on the light rail unless a transfer ticket from the bus is used.  Watch for new "Go To Card" options coming soon!
  • Bicycling Options - MacBike also allows students to check out a free bicycle from the library as another form of transportation [add the link from the library here].  A NiceRide bike share hub is also available next to campus. For more information on bike rental, go to: Bike share
  • Car Sharing - HOURCAR has a hub next to campus and students age 18 and up with a valid driving license and clean record can become a member and have access to the car share program. HOURCAR
  • Car2Go - Car to Go is new to St. Paul and offers a car sharing program that allows the cars to be parked at any legal parking space To register for Car to Go a student must be 19 years old with at least 3 years of driving experience. For more information, go to car2go

How we’re doing:  Mac’s Summer 2013 Bike/Walk to Work Day was more successful than ever, and an electric vehicle charging station has arrived on campus.
Macalester Implements Electric Vehicle Charging Station