Here are some exciting ways that you can participate in sustainability projects on campus and incorporate sustainability into your daily life.

  • The Sustainability Small Project Fund administratively and financially supports ideas which promote sustainability through  innovative actions as well as advance Macalester’s Sustainability goals. Projects are funded up to $1,000
  • Looking for more information as to how you can work in sustainability in the future? Take a look at our career guide, Sustainability Outside Mac
  • The Sustainability Office has created the Model College Residence Guide.
  • The Sustainability Office maintains a list of Sustainable Transportation Options.
  • Interested in eating out at sustainable restaurants? Try one of the restaurants listed by Family Fest tagged with a sustainability rating. Family Fest Restaurants
  • Living off campus and unsure how to improve your energy efficiency? Contact Home Energy Squad for a free consultation. Make an appointment for a team to come to your home, assess its efficiency, and install efficiency-boosting products. 
  • Learn about your off-campus home energy usage by borrowing the Sustainability Office’s Killawatt home energy monitor! Contact the to use the Monitor. 

Student Organizations

Fossil Free Mac (FFM) engages the Macalester community on issues of climate justice. The group organizes a fossil fuel divestment campaign on the Macalester campus, advocates for socially responsible investment policy, and provides a platform for student climate justice organizing. Through this and future campaigns, FFM aims to inform the Macalester community about and emphasize the intersections between climate change, economics, and social justice. Fossil Free Mac Website

Macalester Community Action for Resiliency, Environmentalism, and Sustainability (MacCARES) is an organization dedicated to bringing the advances in conservation practices and renewable energy to Macalester.  Members of MacCARES focus on student projects and work with a variety of staff, faculty, and community members to implement their projects. MacCares website

MacBike helps and teaches our campus community how to repair their bikes, plans group rides and biking-themed events, and works to promote cycling as an accessible and environmentally friendly form of transportation. MacBike works with the Sustainability Office to maintain the bike share program, through which anyone with a Macalester ID can check out a bicycle from the library for free. The MacBike student organization maintains the full-service bike workshop located in the Doty basement.

Macalester Urban Land and Community Health (MULCH) is the student organization that believes that getting dirty is healthy for the soil, healthy for people, and healthy for the campus community. They tend the garden near the language houses, sell produce to Bon Appetit, and raise awareness of sustainable agriculture. MULCH website 

Outing Club offers adventure in the great outdoors through inexpensive trips, reasonable gear rental and expedition planning assistance.  It promotes contact with the environment and the appreciation of the earth.  Contact: 

National Organizations for Campus Sustainability

  • AASHE – A detailed website that includes a tremendous amount of useful information for students, staff or faculty interested in campus sustainability. Macalester College is a member; students, staff and faculty can register for free access to their materials.
  • National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program – This site includes a vast amount of information on campus greening projects. Students may also apply for a campus ecology fellowship that provides small amount of funding to begin projects.
  • University Leaders for a Sustainable Future – This site assists colleges and universities in making sustainability an integral part of curriculum research operations and outreach. ULSF is also the secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration 1990 which has been signed by more than 300 universities.
  • US Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – This site lists individuals, organizations, and institutions in the United States dedicated to education for sustainable development. It provides a centralized location where all sectors of American society can collaborate to fully integrate sustainable development into education in the United States.
  • Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership – A collaboration dedicated to mobilizing universities and higher education institutions to support sustainable development in response to Chapter 36 of Agenda 21.