Air Travel

  • Traveling by airliner is the most carbon-intensive way to travel
  • 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


  • 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

Public Transit

  • The Twin Cities is a sprawling urban environment; the Macalester College campus is well positioned – both geographically and on transit lines.  Public transit emits fewer greenhouse gasses than single occupancy vehicles

Transit Subsidies

Information Desk Transit Options

Travel To or From MSP International Airport

  • Take a Northbound Blue Line from MSP International Airport Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 then transfer to the A Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route at the 46th Street Station; ride to the St. Clair Avenue or Grand Avenue stations

Other Transit Options

  • Get to campus using the Green Line after riding the Northstar Line to the Target Field Platform
  • If you get to Saint Paul through the multi-modal ground transit hub at Union Depot, board a Westbound Green Line Train or 63 Bus Route to get to campus
  • Take the Amtrak train to reduce your travel-related greenhouse gas emission emissions. If you are traveling to or from Chicago, consider the Amtrak train with daily service to the Twin Cities
  • The Guaranteed Ride Home program is a free program that provides a way home in an emergency, if you have a family issue, or need to work unexpected hours
  • HourCar is a convenient, environmentally friendly, Twin Cities car sharing program. Memberships are available for individuals or Macalester departments. We have an HourCar hub in the Patagonia parking lot, originally funded by our very own High Winds Fund
  • Nice Ride Minnesota has a station on Grand and Macalester street. Share a bike with someone else during the warm months and let Nice Ride do the maintenance for you
  • Northfield Lines offers service from the University of St. Thomas to Northfield MN if you need to get to St. Olaf or Carleton College