Welcome to Sustainability at Macalester

Since 2008, the Sustainability Office has been the central coordinator of sustainability projects at Macalester. The foundations of sustainability are strong and visible here. We have a record of environmental stewardship, curricular innovation around sustainability, and deep student engagement around environmental and social justice themes. We also have many committed faculty and staff, and a strong civic engagement office that—through community connections in classes, research, off-campus work study, and co-curricular activities (internships, volunteer work, etc.)—creates new connections for sustainability learning in and with the community. 

Explore our Goals

Virtual Campus Sustainability Tour

Check out our GIS Sustainability Tour Map

Wind turbine

Take a look at what we’ve accomplished:

Accomplishments Overview (pdf)
Awards (pdf)
Buildings (pdf)
Cost Savings (pdf)
Carbon Neutrality (pdf)
Education (pdf)
Food (pdf)
Health and Wellness (pdf)
Landscaping (pdf)
Living Laboratory (pdf)
Transportation (pdf)
Student Sustainability Network (pdf)
Waste (pdf)
Water (pdf)

Sustainability-Related Projects Have Saved Macalester $3M

As of Sept. 2019, sustainability-related projects across campus have saved Macalester more than $3M. The projects fall into three main categories:

83.6% Energy
16% Paper Reduction
0.4% Water

More detail can be found at Sustainability-Related Cost Savings (PDF).

Sustainability Office Blog