Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

September 16th, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
Composting Expands!
Food, Composting, and Gardening

Welcome back everyone! To those of you who have just joined us welcome to the Macalester Sustainability Community!


Similarly to last year, the Macalester College Sustainability Office will be using the critical issues identified by the United Nations Rio + 20 Conference in 2012 as the office monthly themes for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

  • September - Cities/Transportation
  • October - Health/Food
  • November - Jobs
  • December - Disasters
  • February - Energy
  • March - Waste*
  • April - Water/Oceans

*Waste is the only non-UN critical issue.


This month we are focusing on

Cities and Transportation.


The Sustainability Office will be hosting outreach events focused on this issue throughout September so keep an eye out!

I wish you the best in the start of the semester,

News and Upcoming Events

Transportation in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities are some of the best places to bike in the country. Many streets have biking lanes and there are plenty of bike paths running throughout the cities including the Midtown Greenway which was named the top urban bike path in the US by USA Magazine this year. If you don't have a bike they can be bought cheaply at local bike shops throughout the city, or you can rent a "nice-ride" bike (pictured above) from the hub across from the Patagonia store on Grand Ave.
Travel around the Twin Cities area and beyond using the Metro Transit Bus System. There are stops located conveniently close to Macalester and subsidized bus passes available at the information desk in the Campus Center

The BLUE Line (along Hiawatha Ave in Minneapolis) offers fast, quiet light-rail service to 19 stations between downtown Minneapolis and Mall of America.

Dozens of bus routes are timed to connect with trains at Blue Line stations, making it easy to get to work, to shopping or wherever you need to be.

* The GREEN Line is currently under construction and will run between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul along University Ave. This line is set to open in 2014

HOURCAR provides a low-cost, green alternative to car ownership for only $6/hr, with gas and insurance covered and no monthly fee. 
The Macalester Hub is located across from Patagonia on Grand Avenue. 
Find out more by following this Link or 

Composting Expands!


We began our composting program here at Mac last January, with composting available in four of our buildings, and due to the amazing results of this pilot, we have EXPANDED! 
Composting is now available in all major buildings on campus.


Where can you find composting bins?

  • Common areas of non-residential buildings
  • Kitchen spaces in residence halls
  • Bathrooms with paper towel dispensers

Do you know what can and cannot be composted?


YES, compostable!

  • All food scraps (including meat, dairy)
  • All non-recyclable paper products
    • Napkins, paper towels, tissues; paper plates, cups, and food containers; paper milk and juice cartons; paper bags and waxed paper (fast food wraps, etc.)
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags
  • Pizza boxes (can also be recycled)
  • Compostable dishware with the Biodegradable Products Institute Logo (above)

NO, do not compost me! 

  • Plastics of any kind, Styrofoam, foil, condiment packets, chip bags & candy wrappers 
Notice: Missing Eco Clam-shells at Grille
The grille is currently missing eco clam-shells that were never returned after they were given out to students. 
Make sure you return your re-usable clam-shell after you use it, 
dirty or clean. 
If you currently have one in your possession please please please return it so this program can work! 
Sustainable White-board Markers


You may have noticed your professors in Olin Rice using some fancy looking, awesomely sustainable markers. They are called AusPens and they are high quality, refillable markers made by a company in Australia out of recycled materials. This campaign was initiated by Mollie Siebert as a part of her sustainability student work in procurement, and has been very successful so far. Expansion of the program to other buildings is a possibility for the future!



 The idea was inspired by the founders of the AusPen when they realized that Australians threw out over 40,000,000 markers each year. 



Farm Bike Tour: A Pedal-Powered Tour of 7 Northfield Farms 
Saturday, September 27, 2013, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m
In and around Northfield, MN  
So much sustainable agriculture is happening so close by in Northfield, Minnesota! 
The day will begin at 1pm with visits to St. Olaf's STOGROW student farm, the Carleton Student Farm, Little Hill Berry Farm, Spring Wind Farm, SEEDS Farm, Laughing Loon Farm, and the Rural Enterprise Center for brief tours and discussions, along with demonstrations on beekeeping and raising chickens, children's art activities, tree planting, and lots more cool stuff . 
The day will end with a festival at SEEDS Farm just south of Northfield, complete with a delicious dinner made from local, seasonal ingredients, live music, and information and activities from our community sponsors. 
The basic route is 18-20 miles round trip but participants can choose to go to as many/few farms as they wish. There will be two meeting points from which to begin the tour. Maps of various routes (recreational biker, road warrior, family-friendly) and a schedule of farm events will be distributed.



If you are interested in attending and have no mode of transport contact Maria Langholz at and we might be able to work something out



Check it out! 

REGISTER NOW FOR WEI's 4th Annual Regional Growing Power Training Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2013, 8am to 5pm
WEI's Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road North Branch, MN 55056 
Cost: $250 for 2 students (includes two-day workshops, meals, and networking) - scholarships available for students
Will Allen and his Milwaukee Growing Power staff will join WEI for an intensive, hands-on training weekend. This weekend offers urban and rural-based participants the opportunity to  develop skills for increasing small scale farm and garden production and for extending the growing season in cold climtes. Learn how to build a hoop house in one weekend; learn how to create a microgreens enterprise and grow greens all winter long; learn how to create and grow high nutrient soil from composting and vermiculture; learn how to build an aquaponic tank to grow fish and greens all year round; learn how to grow mushrooms in your basement or hoophouse. Please join us for a weekend with Will Allen and his inspiring ideas for changing the food system and creating communities of new farmers and growers dedicated to producing fresh, local healthy food.  


Find Out More 

Fed up with political inaction on Climate Change?


Travel with fellow Mac students to POWER SHIFT 2013 


October 18-21, 2013

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

"This October in Pittsburgh we'll unite under our grand vision for justice, and build the power to make change possible. More than ten thousand youth leaders from every walk of life - college students, young environmental justice leaders, DREAMers, young people of faith, young workers - will come together to learn from one another, to build and launch strategic campaigns in their own communities."

 This October, join students from across the country at this powerful conference in which our generation will confront climate change and inspire each other! If you are interested in attending contact Maria Langholz at


Register online at: 




We are not afraid to speak truth to power, to sacrifice and to demonstrate our commitment to changes that seemed impossible to previous generations. We are the most diverse generation in history, united with one voice, demanding justice for all."


Locals Night at Trotter's Cafe
Every Saturday night, dinner starts at 5, music begins at 6.
232 Cleveland Ave N.  St Paul, MN 


Meet at Trotter's for dinner and music-- and if you live within two miles of the cafe, they offer a 10 percent discount off your meal! Also if you walk, bike or bus-- that earns you another 5 percent discount!


For a music schedule visit: 

Reuse Center at Bay West Site


Drop off unwanted household chemicals like paints, automotive fluids, and pesticides, and find free products you need at this new Reuse Center, located at 5 Empire Drive in St. Paul. Must be 18 or older to take products. Product availability and selection will vary.


April-October hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-4pm.

Check it Out!

The Extraenvironmentalist


This entity defines itself as "blog and video series that explores the mindset of an outsider looking in on Earth. Such an outsider would be immediately struck by how unsustainable our social, environmental and economic systems are and would promote awareness of this problem while proposing alternatives."


Check out their videos at:


For more information about their work, and access to their podcasts:


Welcome to HOURCAR - your local non-profit car-sharing service
HOURCAR provides a low-cost, green alternative to car ownership. Target run? No problem. Concert in Minneapolis? Check. Visiting a friend in Duluth? Why not. Moving Day? Use one of our pick-ups. And for only $6/hr, with gas and insurance covered and no monthly fee you will still have enough for an evening at First Avenue or some late night Toppers. To new students and potential members: you can join our family, find other hub locations, and read about our community and environmental values at To the Macalester students, faculty, and staff who have made the Macalester hub the most successful in our entire network, we thank you and look forward to another great year! 
Special Deal: Sign up by September 30th and receive a $35 credit to you account (use code "Welcome")

Our Macalester Hub is located across from Patagonia on Grand Avenue. There you can choose among our practical and economical Honda Fits, our fun, gas-sipping Fiat 500, or our hardy Ford pick-up truck.

Quick Reads 
Sites for Browsing, Exploring, and Brain Stimulation
  • An online magazine about sharing covering car sharing, cohousing, open source, cities, coworking, gov 2.0, coops, the commons & more... 
  • An excellent source of seasonal, vegetarian, and wonderfully tasty recipes:
  • Next Steps was designed to provide Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) members and others with information, access to resources, opportunities for networking, and inspiration on the topic of sustainable communities. Features of this site include: searching for over 1,000 resources related to sustainability through regular or "action" searches, reviewing topic pages where top resources have been listed, posting and learning about jobs related to sustainability, posting sustainability-related events and reviewing the events calendar, adding the user's name to the online member directory and searching for others with similar interests, reviewing case studies, and more!
Food Glorious FRESH Food!

Farmers' Markets are in full-swing!


Farmers Markets are a great place to get fresh local foods and support your community. In addition, there are beautiful flowers, delicious honey, and luscious soaps available to purchase-- stop by one of the local farmers' markets and see what new products are available each week!


Farmers' markets near to Mac:


Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

1079 Summit Avenue
Fridays, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (Beginning May 3rd)

Downtown St. Paul-- 290 E 5th St

Saturdays 6AM- 1PM and Sundays 8AM-1PM (Beginning April 27th)


The University of Minnesota Farmers Market

Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Wednesday, rain or shine, from 11 AM-2 PM


For a full list of official St. Paul farmers' markets:

Check out the Minnesota Grown directory online for a list of over 85 CSA farms and hundreds of farmers' markets, orchards, berry farms and other places to buy directly from the farmer. 

Current Opportunities
Get involved with Twin Cities' Environmental Organizations
Interested in pursuing a career in the environmental field? Ever wonder how the environment could be encompassed into the work you do? Consider doing an internship with a local environmental organization and learn a bit about what it's like to do work in this field. Check out the list of environmentally-focused internships provided by the Internship Office:

Need Help?

Contact the Sustainability Office!


We are located on the first floor of Kagin Commons, on the right-hand side as you enter the main area. The student-worker desk is located underneath the Sustainability Office sign, and Suzanne's office (our lovely Sustainability Manager) is located nearby in room 124.

Email us!
To contact...
Sustainability Manager, Suzanne Savanick Hansen:

Send one of your student workers to the Sustainability Student Worker Network!
Assign one of your students to work on sustainability issues for your department and send the Sustainability Office their contact information. We will assist with project planning and connect them with a twice-a-month sustainability network meeting.  


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