Explicitly link well-being and sustainability efforts at the college. Foster more leadership support and engagement in well-being initiatives for staff and faculty by aligning Macalester’s sustainability goals with the organizational mission and culture.
Why Connect Sustainability and Wellness?
Typically health and sustainability are considered separate topics at colleges, with separate missions and staff. At Macalester College, the Sustainability Office and Wellness staff have collaborated to try and bridge this gap.
The concept of sustainability has traditionally included environmental health issues (i.e. lead pollution in drinking water or air pollution from factories). In the health arena, sustainable food, beverage, and transportation are primary gateways for access into healthier lifestyles. Both sustainability and health have connections at the personal, community and global level.
To represent this connection, we’ve added a new aspect of sustainability to the classic diagram. This new version of the sustainability diagram includes well-being to explicitly demonstrate the overlap between health and sustainability.
Explore the connection between wellness and sustainability
The Sustainability Office collaborates with Health Promotion and Wellness and Health at Macalester (WHAM) on sustainability related projects on campus to ensure the health and wellbeing of students and staff. Projects include:
- Workshops on sleep, self-care, and mindful living
- Movement classes
- Wellness 5k Run at family fest
- Walking programs
- Campus Farmer’s Market
- MULCH Student Garden
- Bike Fixit Station
- Bike Share Program
Faculty and Staff Opportunities
- On and Off Campus Sustainable Living Tips on the Sustainable Student Resources page
- Laurie Hamre Center for Health and Wellness