What does it mean to live sustainably in a thriving city?

Many students, alumni, and faculty are already passionate about exploring this question. The concept of the global city weaves together environment, science, technology, economics, and social justice. Those discussions start in Mac classrooms, then springboard to cities from Hibbing, Minn., to Tianjin, China.

Why Now?

How?

Why Now?

Leveraging Macalester's location in a vibrant metropolitan area—one that includes politics and government hubs, a thriving arts community, and 17 Fortune 500 companies—gives us a competitive distinction. There are countless opportunities for our students to expand their education—and put what they learn in class into action.

How?

In-depth learning. Grants and fellowships—including both expanded current options and new programs—help sharpen our focus on the networked global city.

Get outside. Develop a robust teaching and research focus on the urban environment, including leveraging the unique existing opportunities at the Katharine Ordway Field Station.

Live and learn. Consider creating a living and learning laboratory with a focus on sustainability, based on the campus EcoHouse model’s success.