Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

December 12th, 2013
Highlights of this Issue
6 Ways to GREEN Your Winter Break
Wrapping Paper Alternatives
Recycle Your Holidays!
Transportation Town Hall Meetings
Sustainable Gift Giving

Hello everyone!

For this newsletter I would like to focus on the holidays and ways you can make more sustainable choices during your winter break. Hopefully this will give you some ideas as you spend your break relaxing and recovering from the ups and downs of fall semester.

This will be the last newsletter of the year. I hope everyone had a good fall semester and happy holidays!

News and Upcoming Events
6 Ways to GREEN your Winter Break 

1. Recycle your old papers
Recycle all that paper you used this fall!
2. Shop Online
Reduce emissions by doing your last minute shopping from home rather than driving out to the malls!
3. Calculate your carbon footprint
Take some of your free time to understand your personal impact on the environment. The EPA has great in depth program that calculates your carbon usage.
4. Do some green reading
 Here are some ideas:
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things - William McDonough
The Empty Ocean - Richard Ellis
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan
5. Bundle up!
Avoid cranking the heat by staying warm the old fashioned way - heavy sweaters and hot chocolate!
6. Create "Green year" resolutions
Think about the ways you could reduce your personal environmental impact and resolve to make those ideas a reality in the new year!

For more ideas check out this website:
Wrapping Paper Alternatives
Wrapping paper and ribbons are a traditionally crucial part of the holiday season. Unfortunately, 
most wrapping materials are NOT RECYCLABLE.
10 alternatives to traditional wrapping paper that can be just as festive but more eco-friendly


1.Old or out-dated maps
2.Paper bags
3. Newspaper
5. Boxes
6. Old calendars
7. Children's Art
8. Wallpaper samples
9. Jars and cans
10. Be creative and come up with your own ideas!

Recycle Your Holidays!


Through the Recycling Association of Minnesota you can now recycle your old...

  • Electric Cords
  • Holiday Lights
  • Telephone cords
  • Appliance cords


Macalester is a drop of location! Bring your used lights to the bins in the Sustainability Office on the first floor of Kagin Commons!

Woodlands and Waterfalls: Art Exhibit by Holly Newton Swift

Gallery, Art Building, Macalester College


The paintings and drawing in the exhibition Woodlands and Waterfalls are the records of Holly Newton Swift's continuous examination of nature's structure.

Stop by the art building this week and check out these beautiful pieces of art!


EnviroThursdays will return in February!
Off-Campus Happenings

Transportation Town Hall Meetings 

Transit for Livable Communities has recently announced a series of town hall meetings happening around the Twin Cities metro area this month! These public meetings kick off tomorrow, December 3. See all dates, times, and locations listed below.


At each event, Met. Council Chair Sue Haigh and MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle will discuss how transportation affects quality of life and the economy, and the importance of investing in our state's transportation system. They will also take feedback and answer questions.


Upcoming Transportation Town Hall Meetings:

  • MinneapolisTuesday, Dec. 3, 4-6 PM, Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall
  • Coon Rapids: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4-6 PM, Anoka/Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids Campus, 11200 Mississippi  Blvd. NW
  • CambridgeThursday, Dec. 5, 2-4 PM, City Hall, 300 Third Ave. NE
  • Saint PaulTuesday, Dec. 10, 4-6 PM, Union Depot, 214 E 4th St.
  • White Bear LakeThursdayDec. 12, 4-6 PMCentury College, 3300 Century Ave. N., Room 2315
  • BurnsvilleTuesdayDec. 17, 4-6 PMBurnsville High School Theatre, Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, 600 East Highway 13
For more information, go to: 
Check it Out!
Sustainable Gift Giving Options
(I thought this was still relevant so I left it in from the last newsletter)

Thoughtful Purchasing
  •  Hipcycle: If you're into upcycled shopping, prepare to fall in love. boasts tons of cool products, from housewares and furniture to apparel and jewelry that have been reinvented for a second act. (And it just might give you new ideas of what to do with some things around your house!) 
  • Etsy: a wonderful go-to website for vintage and handmade art, jewelry, clothing, furniture, and more!

Make your own!
Things to look into over break

Environmental Working Group

Skin Deep - Website database of toxins in thousands of personal care products. Find out what is really in yours!

Guide to Healthy Cleaning - Database of chemicals in common cleaning products

EWG's Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce - Guide to avoiding pesticides in produce 



Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA's website "AirCompare" provides local air quality information that allows you to compare different cities at different times of the year. How does your city measure up?


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:

Want to Work in Sustainability?


Are you interested in a sustainability career but have no idea where to start? A very nice guy has compiled a list of useful resources that can jumpstart your search! Check out this website for links to to websites and a brief description of what they have to offer.


Click here to view the website 

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.  


To submit something or make a correction to the Sustainable Scots
Newsletter please contact:

Emily Sylvestre

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