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Fossil Free Mac proposal to go before SRC
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Fossil Free Mac proposal to go before SRC

Fossil Free Mac wants Macalester to stop entering into private partnerships with oil and gas companies and place a moratorium on the ones it already has – and it could have its proposal before the Board of Trustees by February. In the past, Fossil Free Mac has sought the college’s total divestment from any financial…

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Proposed line 3 pipeline springs activists into action

“Pipelines spill, tar sands kill” read one sign from the Hold the Line March to Stop Line 3 on Sept. 28, as activists marched to the state capitol to protest the construction of a new tar sands pipeline in northern Minnesota. Several environmental advocacy groups including Youth Climate Intervenors and Honor the Earth, united to…

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Sustainability Summit unites MN colleges

On Saturday, April 5, Macalester hosted the first-ever mass gathering of sustainability-minded Minnesota college students. The freshly formed Twin Cities+ Student Sustainability Network, created this semester by Sam Zieve ’17, Shelby Witherby ’18 and Ana Diaz ’18, kicked off with a day-long summit held at Mac last Saturday. After a morning keynote, the 70-plus student…

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Life post-election: MacCARES and the path forward

Dear Macalester Community, In the wake of the presidential election and other current events that remain at the surface of our collective conscience, we, members of MacCARES, have taken time to reflect. To acknowledge that we are not alone in this reflection, to further conversation, and to provide context for our perspectives, we write the…

Green Matters: Are low oil prices fueling climate change?
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Green Matters: Are low oil prices fueling climate change?

If you haven’t heard, oil is super cheap right now. US Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics show that this week, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline is hovering around $1.80. For comparison, oil prices haven’t dipped this low since the beginning of 2009, and last year’s average was slightly above $2. These…

“Big Agriculture” and “Agribusiness” dinner held in Weyerhaeuser
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“Big Agriculture” and “Agribusiness” dinner held in Weyerhaeuser

To inform students of the dangers of “Big Agriculture,” MacCARES, MacFeast, NÜDL and the Sustainability Office co-sponsored a dinner with the nonprofit Impact on how Agribusiness affects the natural resources in Minnesota, specifically water. The dinner featured a speech by Sonja Trom Eayrs of the Dodge County Concerned Citizens on how industrial agriculture or “Big…

WEtility: crowd-funding for global energy solutions
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WEtility: crowd-funding for global energy solutions

WEtility. That’s utility for community, or a business model for cooperatively-owned solar energy created by four Macalester students. Over J-term, Maggie Lobbig ’19, Becca Krasky ’19, Jack McCarthy ’18 and Gordy Moore ’17 used a Dream It Fund to investigate potential ways of effectively crowd-funding sustainable energy. After applying for and receiving Dream It funding…

Mac Students at COP21
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Mac Students at COP21

This past weekend, as Macalester students came back to campus after Thanksgiving, the 10 students in Professor Roopali Phadke’s environmental studies class about the COP21 climate change conference boarded a plane to Paris. The class, entitled “Climate Talks: Dispatches from Paris,” has been working all semester in preparation for the conference that many have said…

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