Our Goal

  • One of the College’s sustainability goals is achieving Zero Waste by 2020.
  • Macalester has adopted the definition prescribed by the International Zero Waste Alliance to reach this goal.  With their updated definition, Macalester will be considered Zero Waste when we regularly divert 90% of our total waste from a landfill or incinerator.
  • Several departments on campus have signed the Zero Waste Office Pledge, committing them to correctly recycle and compost waste, switch to more sustainable purchasing habits, and to educate community members on the proper way to sort waste. The departments that have signed the pledge so far include:
    • Library
    • Provost’s Office
    • Internship Program
    • Facilities Services
    • Sustainability Office
    • American Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Art and Art History
    • Biology
    • Educational Studies
    • Environmental Studies
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics and Computer Science
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Psychology
    • Asian Languages and Cultures
    • Geography
    • English
    • Civic Engagement Center
    • Bon Appetit
    • Political Science
  • Want your department to pledge? Sign and return the Zero Waste Department Pledge and return to Suzanne Hansen at the Sustainability Office

Our Progress