- Macalester College, with its urban location, strives to be a leader on urban sustainability. Macalester is located in Ramsey County in St. Paul, one of the country’s larger metropolitan areas and one of the most diverse and population dense counties in the State of Minnesota
- The College Strategic Plan in 2016 noted urban sustainability as one of the strategic priorities for the institution, with the goal to “emphasize our urban location, and our historical commitments to sustainability, by focusing on the global city as a means to explore the intersection among such topics as the environment, science, technology, economics, and social justice”
What is Urban Sustainability?
Sustainability of urban areas continues to grow in importance as more of the world’s population resides in urban areas. Learn more about urban sustainability and explore some urban sustainability examples in this Essay by Ethan Howard, an employee at the sustainability office.
- Other goals in the Sustainability Plan promote urban sustainability, including Zero Waste by 2020, 30% Real Food by 2020, and Carbon Neutral by 2025
- The Sustainability Office supports using the campus as an urban Living Laboratory
- Sustainability Projects on Macalester Campus can be seen as models.
- The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System data compares Macalester to other institutions
- The Civic Engagement Center has a long history of connecting students with our urban community. Check out service-learning, service, and leadership opportunities
- Sustainable landscaping
- Pollinator friendly campus
- Stormwater management using green roofs, porous pavers, filtering basins, and sustainable landscaping
Sense of Place Field Guides
Macalester students developed this Sense of Place Field Guide as part of the Sustainability and the Campus class. The goal of the assignment was to have the students understand and communicate about the sustainability context of the college. If you would like to add another place to the field guide, please send your submission to the Macalester Sustainability Office.
Mark Davis’ Campus Bird List
Macalester College biology professor Mark Davis collected data on birds for 35 years at Macalester College and compiled a Campus Bird List of species seen within Macalester’s 35 acres. If you have a bird species that you should be added to the list, please send it to the Macalester Sustainability Office.
St. Paul has become a GreenStep City, meaning the city complies with at least 8 of a designated 29 best practices of Urban Sustainable Transportation.
Growing with the Trees
A growing group of studies show that planting trees in urban settings promotes a suite of positive benefits, ranging from increased ecological resiliency to reduced air pollution. In past decades, cities across the country, including Minneapolis, have seen a net loss in tree cover, indicating the need to rethink how urban landscapes are designed and maintained. Learn more about urban tree planting from MPR news.