What is Sustainability at Macalester?
Sustainability is the continuous effort to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs by working toward a healthy environment, social justice, and strong economy. At Macalester, sustainability is infused throughout our core values of academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.
We've got Big Plans
- Carbon Neutral by 2025
- Zero Waste by 2020
- Real Food Challenge by 2020
- Leading Urban Sustainable Communities
- Educating with a Living Laboratory
- Education using Minnesota Resources
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Our September Theme is Transportation/Urban Sustainability
- Welcome to the newly minted Sustainability Newsletter and Blog. Inside, you will find sustainability news, events, and job/internship opportunities. Each month, we will explore a different theme that relates to sustainability. For September, we highlight our transportation and urban sustainability initiatives as well as programs around the cities.
Macalester Sustainability News
Macalester College is Now a Silver Level Bike Friendly University!
This designation both recognizes our current efforts to make campus more accessible to bike travelers and our future plans. Last year the Sustainability office and the High Winds Fund pooled together to install a Dero ZAP counter on Summit Avenue, which quickly became the most zapped location throughout the Twin Cities. We're thrilled to receive this award. For more information on the award check out Bike Friendly University's website.
UN Climate Negotiations
Two Macalester students, Kaleb Mazurek ‘18 and Katelyn Miller ‘18 are in Marrakech, Morocco to observe the UN Climate Change Negotiations (COP22). They are studying in Morocco on a School for International Training's program on Migration and Transnational Identity. They worked with the Sustainability Office to get observer credentials for the conference. Check Out Their Blog
Macalester Signs the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge
Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has signed The Obama Administration's American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge, joining more than 200 campuses across the country, before the United Nations Conference on Climate Change begins in Paris. The details of Macalester's commitment can be found in the American Campuses Act Press Release. The White House American Campuses Act Fact Sheet provides more information about the pledge as well as the entire list of participating institutions.
Macalester College receives Sierra Magazine's 2015 Coolest Schools Special Achievement Award for Purchasing
Macalester earned a Special Achievement Award for our efforts in Purchasing; Macalester ranked first of 153 schools for this category. We are close to the top, ranking 37 out of the same 153 in overall score. The Sierra Club maintains the Cool Schools Full Ranking.
Sierra is the official publication of the Sierra Club, America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels, and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation.
Macalester College Receives STARS Gold Rating from AASHE
Macalester College received a Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of their sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a comprehensive analysis of Sustainability efforts across the institution. Macalester's STARS assessment report contains details about our Sustainability achievements, as well as our opportunities.
Macalester Students Observe COP21
The Macalester Sustainability Office has partnered with the Environmental Studies Department and Faculty Roopali Phadke in a semester-long class culminating in a trip to COP21 as observers.
The United National Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France has provided a perfect backdrop for Macalester students to observe the conference as well as research civil society events, with the Sustainability Office focusing on the responses to climate change through the lenses of urban areas and in higher education as a whole. We invite you to stay connected to the class while they are away through their Paris Climate Talks Blog.
Macalester Named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
Across the country, 47 schools, 15 districts, and 11 postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Macalester College has a long-standing tradition of sustainability particularly as it relates to Macalester’s broader commitments to internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. More