Who Does this Affect?

In our greenhouse gas emissions data for the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, we report our greenhouse gas emissions that are the result of all college-sanctioned travel including faculty and staff travel, as well as study-away travel.

How to Travel

Traveling by airliner is the most carbon-intensive way to travel. The Twin Cities is uniquely positioned to offer multimodal ground transportation options detailed on the Sustainable Transportation Options page.

How Important is Airline Travel?

Airline travel is our third highest source of greenhouse gas emissions behind heat and electricity. In Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the College’s airline travel accounted for 15.7% of total emissions.

Know your Impact

Calculating the emissions for your trip before you book may help you make a more calculated decision, which you can do using this Carbon Footprint Calculator.

How to Travel

Traveling by airliner is the most carbon-intensive way to travel. The Twin Cities is uniquely positioned to offer multimodal ground transportation options detailed on the Sustainable Transportation Options page.
Flying direct as much as possible, in economy class, with as little luggage as necessary results in less fuel used and ultimately avoids even more greenhouse gas emissions.

Host City Options

Depending on your program, you may have the option to incorporate carbon-negative programs into your work while you’re away.

Offset

Macalester has the goal to be carbon neutral by 2025.  Achieving this goal will require everyone’s help.  The average Study Away airline flight emits about 1 metric ton of CO2 – offsets are about $10 per metric tone of CO2.  One service that offers airline offsets are Native Energy (airline offset provider).

Returnee Offset Programs

The International Center and Sustainability Office organize offset programs for returnees like tree planting and community farming.

External Resources