Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

January 14th, 2014
Highlights of this Issue
Citizens Climate Lobby Regional Conference
Transportation, Jobs, and Equity Forum
Northfield Area Summit on Climate Change
Minnesota Green Chemistry Conference
Internship Opportunities

Hey everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your break, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Here in Minnesota we've been hit with cold, followed by warm, followed by snow. It's definitely winter, and it's gonna be for another 4 months. If you're somewhere warm, meaning upwards of 20 degrees, soak up the warmth and sun before returning-- because you're gonna need it!

For those in the Twin Cities right now, I've used this month's newsletter as a space to highlight many of the events that are going on around the area in the upcoming weeks. There are a ton of awesome events going on-- ranging from a summit on climate change to a mingling time for those interested in learning more about cooperatives in the Twin Cities. If you have the time, this month is a great opportunity to connect with communities outside of Macalester-- I've done my best to feature many different types of events, most of which are relatively cheap, or free!

Hope you're all doing well, and be sure to take care of yourselves in this time of relaxation and rejuvenation before the next semester begins.

News and Upcoming Events
Citizens Climate Lobby Regional Conference
Friday, January 24th-Sunday, January 26th
Macalester College
Our Citizens Climate Lobby Regional (MN, ND, SD) Conference is scheduled for Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26th at Macalester College in St. Paul. 
Friday, January 24th will feature keynote speaker Paul Douglas, Meteorologist, Entrepreneur, Author and Mark Reynolds, E xecutive Director of Citizens Climate Lobby. This pre-conference event is free and open to the public. This portion of the conference will be held at the Weyerhaeuser Chapel.

The full conference kicks in on Saturday morning and will feature sessions on Minnesota climate change impacts on Agriculture, Ecology & Recreation and Health & Urban Living, followed by a local food lunch and an afternoon of citizen lobby training on passing legislation to put a price on carbon pollution while returning the collected fees to American households. 

Saturday evening will feature a community meal followed by a Minnesota friendly skating/ winter fun party and gathering to de-chill afterwards at the St. Paul Davannis. Sunday we will continue the deep lobby training and commitment to action. The conference will

JOIN US!! and bring your family...engaged youth over 10 years old are welcome.
Suggested donation: $25 adult, $10 student (no one turned away for lack of funds) 

Off-Campus Happenings

Transportation, Jobs, and Equity Forum: 
"Everyone Deserves a Seat" 
Tuesday, January 14th, 5:30PM - 08:00PM 
Carpenters Local Union 322, 730 Olive Street, St. Paul 


Join Transit for Livable Communities and its partners for a robust discussion of the economic opportunities and social benefits of building out our transportation system! 


The event is free but registration is requested. Please RSVP here:


Dinner provided at 5:30 PM. Program begins at 6 PM.

Event location accessible by bus routes 94 & 16.


Minnesota sits at a pivotal crossroads for our transportation system. The Twin Cities is well behind our peer regions in terms of rail and bus service. Across the state, bridges and roads are in bad repair. Labor unions, transit advocates, and communities of color are uniting around a plan to boost investment in transportation. Developing multi-modal transportation options can create new construction jobs, improve public health, reduce harmful emissions, promote more biking and walking, and offer better access to employment opportunities and other destinations. Transit dependent neighborhoods and communities of color are successfully shaping plans for these public projects and also looking to leverage their economic development potential. 


National Speakers: Larry Hanley, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International; Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First; Andrew Austin, Americans for Transit


Local Panelists: Louis King, Summit Academy OIC; Dorothy Maki, ATU Local 1005; Harry Melander, Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades Council (invited); Vayong Moua, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota (invited); Barb Thoman, Transit for Livable Communities

Webinar: Strategies to Enable Winter Cycling and Walking

Wednesday, January 15th, 2:00-3:30PM  


Learn strategies to enable winter cycling and walking. Made available by Bike Walk Twin Cities, this Jan. 15 webinar from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) will feature examples of winter sidewalk clearing policies, strategies for shared-use paths, winter cycling, and managing winter cycling facilities across different climates. The webinar will include case studies from communities taking different approaches to these issues. 


Presenters include:

  • Arthur Ross, Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator, City of Madison (WI)
  • Nicole Losch, Bicycle, Pedestrian & Environmental Planner, Dept. of Public Works, City of Burlington (VT)
  • Marc Jolicoeur, Research Director, Velo Quebec

All are welcome to attend this webinar at the Transit for Livable Communities office at no charge. Please RVSP here:  or email:


Bioneers Video Showing: "How Mushrooms Can Save the Planet" 

January 15, 2014, Doors open at 7pm, video begins at 7:15pm
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis

Beginning in the Fall of 2013, Northland Bioneers has been hosting presentations of  inspiring Bioneers plenary speeches and follow-up

 discussions on the third Wednesday evening of the month at  Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, located at 4401 Upton Ave S., Mpls. Audience discussion is led by a local presenter after the video. Please join us at the next lively and inspiring evening.....


"How Mushrooms Can Save the World" by Paul Stamets will be presented by Ron Spinosa on January 15th.


Ron Spinosa is past president of the Minnesota Mycological Society and current editor of the society'snewsletter, "The Toadstool Review." He is the Chair of the Mushroom Cultivation Committee of the North American Mycological Association. Ron presents workshops on mycology, mushroom identification, and mushroom cultivation in the Twin Cities area.


Free and all are welcome.

Cooperative CoMingle at O'Garas

Thursday, January 16, 2014 5:30pm - 8:00pm 

O'Gara's Bar, Snelling & Selby in St. Paul  


CoMinnesota is an expanding community of Minnesota cooperators from all sectors who are working together to create and promote activities that tell the story of how cooperative enterprises build a better world. 

They will be hosting an event this Thursday at O'Gara's as a space to connect with and have great conversations with others interested in cooperative growth. This a Co-op Happy Hour will last from 5:30 to 8:00pm. 


See what this group is about in this short video of their November event, Cooperatives = Community Development:
Northfield Area Summit on Climate Change  
Saturday, January 18th

On January 18th, 2014, meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Summit on Climate Change, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, businesses and institutions. The Summit will take place at St. Olaf College and is free and open to the public.    


Paul Douglas's keynote address entitled Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend will kick off the day at 9:30 am. followed by a range of informative one-hour breakout discussions (participants may choose two) on topics including:   

Northfield Climate Summit


*The science of climate change  

*Business perspectives on climate and energy  

*The impact of climate change on Minnesota's economy and natural resources  

*Inter-faith perspectives on climate change  

*Climate,food and land  

*Climate, floods and stormwater management

 *Practical action steps for homeowners, students, and large and small businesses  


Breakout sessions will be led by distinguished science and/or industry leaders and will be organized to convey information in a clear and accessible way. Sessions will include plenty of time for questions and open discussion, and will strive to foster a spirit of comity and openness to the views of all community participants. Each panel will include attention to the local implications of climate change, and offer practical information and resources to foster ongoing discernment and action.    


In addition to the breakout sessions and discussions, a Community Ideas and Action Fair will host over 30 informational exhibits on state and local projects, services and campaigns relating to climate change and sustainable energy practices.    


All are welcome. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Registration page at:


For more information: or email:

January Green Ideas & Ham: How Will Global Warming Impact Minnesota's North Woods?   

Tuesday, January 21, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis


From moose die-offs to the loss of the conifer forest, global warming will have big impacts on Minnesota's North Woods. Scientists say that if we continue emitting carbon at this rate, Minnesota will look more like Kansas and Nebraska by the end of the century.

On Tuesday, January 21 join the Environment Minnesota's Green Ideas & Ham breakfast forum to discuss how global warming will impact Minnesota's forests, lakes and wildlife and what we can do about it.


The event costs $15. That includes $5 to Environment Minnesota, and $10 to the Red Stag Supperclub. To save time at the door on the morning of the event, give your $5 to Environment Minnesota using the form below! (The $10 can be paid to your server at the Red Stag Supperclub.;jsessionid=C7B646FE7E3C2A47BCC378C5D46ECFCD.app322b?idb=797268122&df_id=26042&26042.donation=form1&idb=0

Have Your Say on PolyMet: St. Paul Public Hearing
Tuesday, January 28, 5:00pm until 10:00pm
River Centre, 175 Kellogg Blvd W #501, St Paul, MN 
PolyMet Mining Corp
oration has proposed a sulfide mine called the "NorthMet Project" between Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota.  This project proposes to develop 
an open-pit mine to extract copper, nickel and other metals.
In December 2013, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published the "Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement" for PolyMet's proposed mine. This mine plan lays out exactly what PolyMet is proposing. The public has 90 days to tell the DNR what they think of PolyMet's mine plan. More than 3,000 people have commented so far on the project's 2,200 page environmental review. Public review and comment period runs through March 13.
On January 28th, the River Centre in St. Paul will be hosting one of three public hearings on the proposed project. An open house and time for discussion begins at 5pm. The formal presentation and public comment period will be from 6:45-10pm.

Interested in attending the event? Find more details here:

Want to know more about the PolyMet mining project?
Minnesota Green Chemistry Conference 2014: Connecting Policy, Technology, and Economy

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8:00am to 5:00pm

University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave. S. Minneapolis 


The Minnesota green chemistry sector is poised for growth, due in large part to the high value and potential environmental and health benefits that new, safer and innovative green chemistry products provide. Policy at both the state and national level can play a key role in supporting industry development and directing it in ways that maximize benefit to citizens, communities and the environment. At the Fourth Annual Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum Conference, this intersection of policy, technology and economy in the Green Chemistry sector will be explored, to illuminate the benefits, challenges and opportunities of fostering a business sector that also helps meet environmental, climate, energy and health goals.     


This day-long conference will include keynotes, panels and break-out sessions.

Registration Fee: Varies, from a low of $25.00 (students and legislators) to a high of $175 (business full rate). 


For more information, and to register:

Check it Out!
Surviving the Cold
Take these steps to Minnesota winter-proof your apartment:
Presidential science adviser John Holdren explains how global warming is contributing to cold spells like the one hitting North America right now:


One of my favorite ways to put up with these crazy winter months is to cook some tasty food. I know I'm always looking for new recipe sites. These are a few of my favorite. Most of the recipes are relatively simple, have gorgeous pictures of the dishes, and are mostly vegetarian (and kind to the planet!)


My New Roots: 
This food and well-being blog is described by it's creator Sarah as " the place for me to share the edible inspirations from my playtime in the kitchen, and my deep love for whole foods. The recipes and ideas you'll find here revolve around my plant-based way of eating, and I hope that through the simple and delicious dishes I create, you too will discover a whole new world of flavour and nourishment."

Naturally Ella: is a seasonal, whole foods, vegetarian recipe site that all will  find something to enjoy. A few of my favorite recipes from this site include: caramelized cauliflower, roasted red pepper, and quinoa salad; peanut stew with sweet potatoes and spinach; and curried butternut squash and brown rice skillet.

The Perennial Plate: Adventures in Sustainable Eating 
...a 2013 James Beard Award winning online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating.  Chef and Activist, Daniel Klein and Filmmaker Mirra Fine are traveling the world exploring the wonders, complexities and stories behind the ever more connected global food system.  
Current Opportunities

Northeast Minnesota is a local, regional and national wilderness treasure. The St. Louis River is a precious and unique part of Minnesota's natural heritage. The St. Louis River watershed is also the headwaters of the Great Lakes. But right now, mining companies like PolyMet want to build new and toxic sulfide mines in th
e St. Louis River watershed that would create extreme water pollution that could last for the next 500 years and leave billions of dollars of cleanup costs
 for Minnesota taxpayers.

That's why Audubon Minnesota is working to prevent new mines that could pollute the St. Louis River watershed and destroy the homes of vibrant bird populations. Northeast Minnesota is a natural heritage treasure and one of the most beloved areas in our state, so if we can reach out to and rally enough public support, we can make sure these mines aren't approved and that the area's pristine waters are protected.

We are currently seeking interns interested in making a difference right here in the Twin Cities! This position begins immediately and will typically require 10-15
 hours per week. Flexible scheduling is allowed. Positions are available as a Coalition Coordinator, Grassroots Coordinator, and a Media Coordinator. 

Requirements: Positive, outgoing attitude. Strong interest in environmental issues and a commitment to protect Minnesota's clean water and natural heritage. Desire to learn and develop campaign organizing skills. 

Or, contact: (Subject line: Protect Our Waters Internship). Please indicate which of the positions above you are most interested in.

AYNAH Experiential Learning Opportunity 
AYNAH is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting students to the cooperative model and its application to international community development. This organization is hosting a 2 night/3 day trip coming up in Minneapolis from Jan. 29-31 that will feature workshops, trainings, and tours of various community development organizations, international NGOs, and cooperative businesses. Students will be able to take these hands-on learnings and directly apply them to their careers or potential projects they are working on. We do have some scholarships available to interested students.

To register, visit & search "Aynah trip"
For more information, contact:
Katie Campbell, ED of Aynah,
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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