Sponsored by the Macalester Sustainability Office

June 12th, 2014
Highlights of this Issue
The Green Line Opens Saturday
National Great Outdoors Month
Macalester's Farmers Market
Organic Farm School begins Monday
Weed Dating at the Sandbox Cooperative
Celebrate the Solstice

This summer the Sustainable Scots Newsletter will be  highlighting the sustainability offerings of the Twin Cities and activities for the summer.

In honor of the Green Line Opening this Saturday and June being National Great Outdoors Month, this issue features a section on Transportation and Travel. This section will evolve during the summer to feature different themes and activities.

To highlight the local bounties of the Minnesota, the newsletter will spotlight farmer's markets in the Twin Cities and include recipes for seasonal produce. Check out this issue's Farmstand Features to learn more about National Pollinator Week,  Macalester's own farm market, and explore a few sugar snap pea recipes.

This issue's Off-Campus Happenings boasts a range of sustainability events.  Whether you're interested in learning about nature deprivation in children, looking for a farming inclined partner, or celebrating the summer solistice, this section holds an event for you. Throughout the summer, this section will continue to feature places to go and things to see in and around the Twin Cities.

Finally, a note to all graduating seniors: if you would like to continue to receive the Sustainable Scots newsletter after the summer, please send your new email address to 

Transportation and Travel   

The Green Line Opens this Saturday 

Saturday, June 14th, throughout the day

Green Line Stations    




Metro Transit's newest Light Rail line, the Green Line, is opening this Saturday. With 11 miles of track and 18 new stations, this state-of-the-art project will connect downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, with trips between the two lasting 40 minutes as trains travel along the Central Corridor.


Metro Transit will be hosting several opening festivities. At 9:00 a.m. there will be a  ribbon cutting at Union Depot station, followed by tours of the historical site and displays of work by local artists. At the Target Field station, celebrations will include food samples from local restaurants and interactive games with the Timberwolves and Lynx.


In addition to these events, several communities situated along the Green Line will be hosting events, including a state fair-themed event at Hamline Ave. station and an exposition of local artists working within the Creative Enterprise Zone at Raymond Ave. station.


For a full schedule of all nine opening day celebrations, go to Metro Transit's website.


Macalester's Green Line Trip to Foxy Falafel

Wednesday, June 18th, 11:30-1:00

Meet at Northbound 84 bus stop, the SE corner of Grand and Snelling, at 11:30  

Cost: money for lunch, transportation will be covered


To celebrate the opening of the Green Line, the Sustainability Office invites the Macalester Community to take a ride on the Green Line to grab lunch at Foxy Falafel. This local restaurant boasts delectable, sustainably sourced food, and has menu options 

to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free patrons.  


Please RSVP here by June 16.  

June is National Great Outdoors Month! 

You don't have to go all the way to the Boundary Waters to celebrate the great outdoors. Outdoor enthusiast Dennis Lien recommends a few of his favorite sites around the Twin Cities metro:

Bunker Hills Regional Park 

Campers at this 1,600-acre park in Coon Rapids can ride horses, play a championship-level golf course, bike, hike or simply enjoy the scenery. There are 64 campsites, ranging from modern to rustic, with and without electricity, and one group site, which can accommodate up to 30 people. For more information, check out their website or call 763-862-4970.   


William O'Brien State Park

Set along the scenic St. Croix River north of Marine on St. Croix, the park has a variety of camping options, including more than 120 standard, rustic and remote campsites and three year-around camper cabins. Campers also have terrific hiking, fishing and canoeing opportunities.  For more information, check out their website or call  651-433-0500. 


Lake Elmo Park Reserve

The 2,165-acre park in Lake Elmo has two lakes and supports varied activities, such as archery, boating, fishing and mountain biking. It also has horse and bike trails and a two-acre swimming area with sand beach.  The park hosts 80 modern campsites, five hike-in primitive campsites, 20 primitive sites at the equestrian center, and three group sites. For more information, check out their website or call 



Lebanon Hills Regional Park

The 2,000-acre park in Eagan and Apple Valley, which has 93 camp sites, offers miles of trails, many lakes, interactive nature displays, courses and programs, and is near the Minnesota Zoo.  For more information, check out their website or call   



Baker Park Reserve

Located on the southeast edge of Lake Independence in Medina, the 2,700-acre park has more than 200 campsites, with all sorts of options, including ones with electrical hookups, ones designed for people with limited mobility, and four camper cabins featuring wooden bunk beds and screened-in porches. A long list of activities, such as swimming, biking and golf, are available. For more information, check out their website or call 



Check out Dennis Lien's full article here  


Take the Path Less Traveled: GreenRoutes 


Green Routes, a database map tool of the Midwest, will help you discover small, unique businesses that are rooted in their communities; places to eat where the food is not only fresh from a family farm, but where you might bump into the farmers who grew it; places to have fun while helping to ensure that our natural and cultural resources will be around for many generations to come. Take time to explore the back roads and learn about a region from the people who live and work there. When you explore Green Routes regions, you'll find no tour guides more gracious than the owners of these green businesses.


Check out Green Routes:   

Farmstand Features

Macalester's Farmstand: Sam Kedem's Nursery and Garden
Thursdays, 3-5:30pm (no market July 3, August 28)
Leonard Center portico

Located in the countryside near Hastings in southeast Dakota County,  Sam Kedem's farm includes a diverse range of crops and products, including flowers, fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, chicken, and Christmas trees. Beginning as a nursery in 1989, the business became a farm seven years later, producing a diverse array of produce. In 2006, the farm became certified in organic, and currently strives to produce food that both support environmental stewardship and promote health and nutrition.

Kristen Waurio from the Nursery and Garden comes to Macalester every Thursday to sell the produce from the the farm and deliver CSA shares. Friendly and knowledgeable, Kristen will be happy to tell you about the farm and the produce available each week. Products currently in season include flowers, vegetable and strawberry plants, eggs, greens, radishes, rhubarb, kohlrabi and cucumbers. 

For more information check out their website

National Pollinator Week
June 16-22

Seven years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as "National Pollinator Week" marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort. 

Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators' message out to as many people as possible.  
Check out the Pollinator Partnership and the their resource page for more information. 
June Recipes

What's in season this month?  Sugar snap peas, asparagus, and rhuburb are filling farmer's market stalls. Here are a few creative ideas for cooking up these seasonal specialties.

Five Ways to Eat Sugar Snap Peas

While sugar snap peas are delicious tossed on a salad, steamed with butter, or simply eaten raw, these 5 recipes can jazz up your dinner. From Snap Peas with Meyer Lemon (pictured to the left) and Mint to Pickled Sugar Snaps, the Kitchn has a recipe for you.

Rhubarb Salad with Goat Cheese

Wondering what else you can do with rhubarb besides make strawberry rhubarb pie? Or craving something that combines savory and sweet? Try this Martha Stewart salad that pairs this tart vegetable with honey, arugula, and goat cheese. 

 This Sprouted Kitchen dish artfully flavors asparagus with staple June herbs of the fresh basil, mint, and
chives--all atop a base of brown rice and lentils. For the recipe, check out the Sprouted Kitchen website.

Off-Campus Happenings

Organic Farm School

Mondays, June 16th-August 11, 6:00-8:00pm

East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center,

2307 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55404   

Cost: $120 for 10 weeks, $20 for drop-ins, scholarships available 


Organic Farm School is a unique ten-week educational summer program sponsored by the Women's Environmental Institute.  Composed of lectures, related readings, hands-on workshops, and field trips related to sustainable agriculture, food justice, and today's local food movement, this summer program aims to bring together urban farming and small rural farms.  For a list of all classes, check out the  syllubus.  June course offerings include: 


June 16 - "It's Alive!" by Dr. Pat Farrell (UMD-Geography)


June 23 - "Weed Management on an Organic Vegetable Farm: Bio-Systems and Tools" by Atina Diffley (Organic Farming Works)


June 30- "Sustainable Acts: Art and Sustainability" by Dr. Roslye Ultan (U of M)  


Register for courses here.  Scholarship applications are available here and should be returned to

Meet the Mississippi Market Board of Directors
June 18th, 5:00-7:00pm.
Mississippi Market, 1500 W. 7th St., Saint Paul 55102  
July 17th, 5:00-7:00pm
Swede Hollow Cafe. 725, East 7th St., Saint Paul 55106 
Interested in learning about the future of Mississippi Market, St. Paul's local food cooperative?
Mississippi Market will be hosting two meet and greets with board members this summer.  Come with your questions for the board.  

Play Again Documentary Screening
June 18th, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm
Fuller Park Rec Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Cost: Free

What are the consequences of a child removed from nature?

oin Sierra Club North Star Chapter and Holistic Moms Network for a movie and discussion about screen time. One generation from now, most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. Media technologies have improved our lives in many ways, but what are the consequences for our children, society, and planet? Join us for a viewing of the movie, PLAY AGAIN, and a discussion. PLAY AGAIN takes six teenagers who, like the average American child, spend over eight hours a day behind screens, unplugs them, and takes them on their first wilderness adventure. Through the teens and experts, the movie investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.


Weed Dating at the Sandbox Cooperative  
Wednesday, June 18th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sandbox Farm, 16501 Buchanan St NE,Ham Lake, MN 55439
Cost: $6.27

Want to meet new people?  Try it while in the romantic evening light amidst the beautiful scenery of Sandbox Farm, a thirty minute drive from the Twin Cities. Similar to speed dating, one group will stay in one place as the other group rotates, so that everyone gets the chance to meet.  However, instead of sittin
g at a table, you are accomplishing an important task -- weeding rows of plants our farmers are growing. Come dressed to get dirty!

Register for the event here.

For more on weed dating check out this Grist article.  
Honoring Creation's Cycles-the Summer Solstice
Wednesday, June 18, 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
The Well Franciscan Spirituality Center, 1784 Lacrosse Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119


Come join us as we celebrate the gift of the summer solstice through reflection, song and prayers.  Summer is a time of abundance and bountiful richness in our lives. Feed your spirit with awareness and gratitude for the overflowing life the sun brings to creation. Leave with reflections to become part of your own personal experience of the energy of the summer solstice and your place in creation.

Register for the event here.
Our Shared Planet Exhibition
May 3-Sept. 1
Como Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103


This traveling environmental awareness exhibit features the wood-carved birds and animals of award winning wildlife artist Jim Ramsdell. The exhibit contains a number of highly detailed life-size wood sculptures, set against lighted interpretive backdrops, beautiful photographs and quotes along with nature sounds and music. Sections of the exhibit feature endangered species and the fragile ecosystems which they inhabit, stressing the importance of their preservation.   

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 here.

Permaculture Design Course in the Bahamas  
August 4-18
Center for Sustainable Development, Cape Eleurtha, The Bahamas 

 This 72-hour permaculture design course (PDC) offers students a chance to earn certification in permaculture design through experiential education and place-based learning with experienced and passionate Caribbean-based instructors. Participants will learn how to design and develop from a whole systems perspective and walk away with a certificate in permaculture design recognized by permaculturists worldwide. Although there will be a Caribbean focus to the course, the material will be relevant for all climatic zones and bioregions as we will be following the standard curriculum for permaculture design courses laid out by Bill Mollison. The course includes lectures, discussions, and field trips designed to accommodate different adult learning styles as well as hands-on workshops on mapping, plant propagation, grafting, composting, seed saving and other subjects. The final culmination of the course will be a final group design project and presentation. Coursework will cover inter-disciplinary topics including site design, earth repair, and systems integration.


The Center for Sustainable Development is located on a rural peninsula on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas that offers beauty, serenity, and opportunity for exploration. Our 18-acre campus includes both a semester abroad school, a renowned center for marine research, and a center for sustainable development. Permaculture design is integrated into everything we do here and the site features a diversified orchard, integrated animal systems, organic garden beds, renewable energy systems, ecological sanitation, a biogas digester, ecological architecture, aquaponics, a biodiesel lab, and many other innovative systems.

For more information, check out the Center for Sustainable Development 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.  


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