Macalester’s Sustainability Student Network (SSN) is a network of student workers, student organization leaders, and other student volunteers who work to improve sustainability across campus. This includes student workers from the Sustainability Office and Facilities Services, the Library, academic departments, and student org leaders from MacCARES, etc. 

The Sustainability Student Network was founded in 2009 with the aim to connect the growing number of student workers in departments across campus on sustainability-related projects. The pig feed program through Cafe Mac and Macalester’s Paper Cut system are both projects that stemmed from members of the SSN. The network has since expanded to include student organization leaders in addition to student workers. 

The SSN meets biweekly or monthly to collaborate on projects and discuss common issues that come up when working for sustainability on campus. Each meeting has a theme or topic to direct conversation and inspire ideas for projects. Occasionally a guest speaker will come to the meetings to educate about specific topic areas, or to give advice on how to successfully complete a project or event. However, these meetings are mostly meant to provide an open space for students to discuss their ideas and work through obstacles they are facing while working on their projects through their jobs or student organizations. 

Typically supervisors allow their sustainability student workers to get paid for attending these meetings. Network coordinators can send meeting minutes and attendance information to supervisors if they wish. Contact the SSN student coordinator at sustainabilitynetwork@macalester.edu with any questions or additional student representatives to add to the network.

Sustainability Student Network Contact Information 2019-2020: