Mac Bike

Mac Bike focuses on teaching riders how to repair their bikes, planning rides through the greater Twin Cities, and working to increase bike advocacy. This organization maintains the bike workshop located next to the Mac Weekly office. Mac Bike feels bike use is important as a way to limit pollution while having fun and getting where you need to go. 

Macalester Conservation and Renewable Energy Society (MacCARES) and Macalester Urban Land and Community Health (MULCH)

As an organization, MacCARES aim to promote all aspects of holistic sustainability. We are not confined to any one aspect of sustainability – social, environmental, or economic. Our organization is defined by those who are currently involved in it, and as such is highly flexible and attuned to multiple environmental and sustainability issues. We are inclusive, and serve as an umbrella-type organization.

We carry out our promotion of holistic sustainability through local community service and engagement, putting on events, providing connection points for various efforts and people, advocacy, and supporting other organizations. Support of other organizations is particularly important because several organizations were created through momentum generated within our original MacCares organization.

MacCares is also fundamentally invested in combating climate change. Our organization seeks to challenge and systematically change campus, city, and worldwide systems that are currently detrimental to people and our environment, and we are not afraid to tackle big and small issues.

The Macalester Urban Land and Community Health (MULCH) mission statement is to raise awareness of sustainable agricultural practices by involving individuals and the campus community in urban gardening and food production. 

Mac Weekly

The Mac Weekly serves as a source of information for the college, a forum for debate within the community, and a training ground for students who wish to gain experience in journalism. 

Outing Club

Adventure in the great outdoors. That’s what the Outing Club offers through inexpensive trips, reasonable gear rental and expedition planning assistance. Get in contact with the environment and learn to appreciate the earth. 

Sustainable Advisory Committee

The mission of the Sustainability Advisory Committee is to oversee the implementation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration. The committee will also recommend policies and practices which best reflect College’s commitment to an environmentally sustainable world. In addition, the committee will function as a conduit for information exchange about campus sustainability initiatives. 

Zero Waste Committee

To work towards the goal of Zero waste, the Zero Waste committee is an advisory group to provide leadership for the Macalester College Recycling Organization (MacRO) program. In addition, the Zero Waste Committee will advise the Facilities Management department, and MacRO, on strategies for successful campus recycling efforts. Contact Mark Dickinison, Facilities Services Director for more information.