Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

October 1st, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
Healthy Living: A College Guide
IPCC Report Released
Documentary: Inequality for All
Planting Trees
MULCH Harvest Fest
Food, Composting, and Gardening

 October's sustainability theme is HEALTH and FOOD


What does it mean to be healthy? Health is the overall condition of one's mind and body. This includes what food you put into your body, where it comes from, and how it is made.


College students lead notoriously unhealthy lives with lousy diets, insufficient sleep, and huge amounts of stress. This month, try to be conscious about how you treat your mind and body. It functions much better when it is taken care of and fueled properly.


Have a fantastic and mindful week!



News and Upcoming Events

Healthy Living: A College Guide



When you are feeling overwhelmed, its easy to loose willpower and turn to cheap convenient food. Here are some tips to maintain a healthy diet on a busy schedule.  


1. Stock up on healthy snacks

Have a solution for those late night hunger pangs at your fingertips! Stock up on fruit, granola bars, and nuts so you aren't tempted to eat vending machine food or get some fries at the grille.

2. Schedule time to eat meals - dont rush

When you rush through a meal you are more likely to grab what is
fastest and easiest, not what is the healthiest. Allow yourself time to enjoy your food and eat slowly.

3. Focus on doing well, not being perfect

Setting unrealistic goals for yourself is counter-productive! Allow yourself to eat absolutely delicious unhealthy things occasionally. 



College almost always involves some degree of stress. However, there are steps you can take to minimize that stress.


1. Get enough sleep

Everyone needs a different amount.This is tough but it is absolutely the best thing you can do to stay healthy and productive.

2. Exercise

A healthy body translates to a healthy mind. Stay active and make time to move your body.

3. Try not to overload yourself. Prioritize!

Its easy to want to be involved in every club and org that interests 

you. This is a bad idea. Prioritize what is really important and give yourself down time.

4. Get emotional support

Chances are, you are not alone in dealing with stress. Support each other and reach out to people if you are feeling stretched thin.

5. Avoid unnatural Energy boosters

Caffeine is a life-saver every once and a while. But overloading your system with caffeine when you are tired or stressed does not prevent the crash, it just delays it. 

6. Don't give up on your passions! 

Do the things you love to do. Just because your in college does not mean you don't have time to do the things that make you happy. Paint, read a novel, or lay in the grass!

IPCC Report Released: What this means for climate policy

Last Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of their latest findings on the status of climate science research. They concluded with even more certainty that human activity is behind the observed rise in temperatures so far and that serious and urgent emissions need to occur if we are to avoid more than 2 degrees Celsius of warming. In addition, emissions scenarios with their associated range of climate sensitivity and temperature increase were further adjusted to reflect advances in modeling.    

Remember to Compost!


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 
McDonald's Switching from Foam to Recyclable Paper Cups 

Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. has announced it will stop serving its coffee in polystyrene foam cups, in favor of paper cups, at all of its 14,000 U.S. outlets. 

Although McDonald's stopped using its iconic polyctyrene clamshell food containers in the 1990s amid environmental concerns, it continued serving its coffee in foam cups.
We congratulate McDonald's on this move, which will reduce the threat of plastic pollution to the world's oceans and provide a more recyclable, valuable alternative in paper fiber. 
While this is a solid start, McDonald's still needs to incorporate recycled fiber into the cups and develop on-site recycling programs continue to lead on this waste issue. 

New Documentary examines Inequality in US


This powerful documentary opened in theaters nationally this past Friday. INEQUALITY FOR ALL follows Robert Reich - professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member - as he demonstrates

how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. 



INEQUALITY FOR ALL - Official Trailer
INEQUALITY FOR ALL - Official Trailer



The Sundance award-winning film explores a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class. Reich helps to explain how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself.

To find out more visit this website 


Careers in Sustainability and Business: Conversation with CEO Kevin Wilhelm

Thursday, October 3rd, Carnegie 06A, 4-5pm 


Join us this this Thursday for a conversation with the CEO of "Sustainable Business Consulting," Kevin Wilhelm. He is a Mac alum and will give tips on starting a career, networking, and forming your resume. There will be time for question and answers.

Students Plant Trees to Offset Carbon Emissions from Study Abroad Travel

On Saturday, the 28th of September three students, Alexia Malaga '14, Sophie Hill '14, and Sabrina Upadhyay '14, volunteered with the National Park Service at Cold Water Springs to plant trees and shrubs. Altogether they planted 2
trees and 5 shrubs. The event was organized by the CEC, the International Center, and the Sustainability Office and is the first tree planting event for study abroad returnees. More are to come in the near future.

MULCH Harvest Fest

Friday October 4, Smail Gallery of Olin Rice, 6pm 


Join us this Friday, October 4th in the Smail Gallery of Olin Rice at 6:00pm.  Dinner is potluck style, so bring your favorite dish, bread, appropriate drink, veggie, table decoration, friend....whatever you wish!
It wouldn't be Harvest Fest without the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, who will be performing and then calling a contra dance! Never danced before? You're not alone! Bring your enthusiasm to learn, be silly, and get down folk style.  You don't want to miss this one.
October 11-14, U of M 
Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities 
to create a healthy, fair and green food system. Our primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources-what we call "real food"-by 2020. The Real Food Challenge also maintains a national network of student food activists-providing opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.At the the Real Food Challenge summit, you will get a chance to meet Real Food Challenge student leaders from all corners of the U.S. as we build solidarity across region, food service provider and interest groups.  Together we'll talk about farm-to-institution basics, challenging corporate dominance in our food system, how dynamics of institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression impact our work and the nuts and bolts of building successful student groups and campaigns.  We'll also hear from farmers, food chain workers and other food justice leaders in the upper Midwest!  
Registration Deadline: October 1
Cost: $80
Interested in joining the Macalester delegation?
Contact Karen Weldon at
Questions?: email Abbie, the Macalester summit guru, at 

Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Eating in an Unhealthy Food System

Wednesday, October 9th, 12pm in the Wellness Lounge 

How does food get on your plate? How much gasoline does it take for a family to get the food they need for a week? What is really in a McDonald's Strawberry Milkshake? Healthy Eating and in an Unhealthy Food System will explore these questions and the topics of what is in our food, what are the food systems and what are the environmental and health impacts of these systems. Join us for discussion, workshops and games October 9th at 12pm in the Wellness Lounge.

Preserve Your Herbs 

by Heather Ford-Helgeson


Many of you may have some healthy and abundant herbs still growing in your containers or gardens. It would be a shame to let them die in vain so pick them and we'll tell you how best to preserve them for use all winter long.


There are a few different ways to keep herbs over the winter however one of the best ways to keep their full flavor is by freezing them. 


Pick your herbs and take the leaves off the stem, making sure you check for any hitch hiking bugs to remove. Wash and strain well if necessary but if they're from your garden and you don't use pesticides you don't need to wash them.  


Put the leaves in a food processor and grind them to a paste. Add a bit of olive oil, just enough to moisten the leaves (about a tablespoon per cup of whole-leafed herbs.)


Grab some ice cube trays. For basil, regular sized trays are fine. For lemon thyme or rosemary use mini-cube trays. Fill the cubes to just below the rim. 


Freeze the trays and when they're frozen you can divide them up as you like into freezer bags and put them back into the freezer. They'll last for up to a year!


When you want to use some herbs, take the cubes out, set them out of the bag in a bowl and they'll thaw relatively quickly. For measuring usually about one cup of basil leaves, for instance, equals eight cubes. So, one cube is roughly 1/4 cup of basil.  


Pick, blend, freeze and enjoy your herbs all winter long! 
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. 



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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Emily Sylvestre

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