Tag: sustainability

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Macalester needs to become fossil free

As the United States shies away from the commitments outlined in the Paris Climate Accord, decisive action to combat the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels is more important than ever. Incoming students may be surprised to discover that Macalester still has significant funds invested in these destructive energy sources. Through superficial sustainability measures, Macalester has…

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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…

International Roundtable: Keeping Minnesota Arts Alive
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International Roundtable: Keeping Minnesota Arts Alive

In this year’s installment of Macalester’s International Roundtable, sustainability stood front and center. Through this event, plenary speakers, panelists and student discussion leaders explored the meaning of “sustainability” and its connotations. On Friday, September 30, students Isaac Gamoran ’18 and Hannah Mira Friedland ’17 invited Minnesota artists to discuss a type of sustainability that is…

Markim Hall first building on campus to sport solar panels
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Markim Hall first building on campus to sport solar panels

Macalester’s long-standing goal of bringing solar power to campus is finally being realized. Facilities is currently working with local energy providers Innovative Power Systems (IPS) and Xcel Energy to install an interconnected series of solar panels on the roof of Markim Hall. Installation was scheduled to have been completed by today, Feb. 19. Markim, a…

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Green Matters: Dorms battle it out in The Energy Wars

It’s time to start paying more attention to how your daily choices impact the planet because the Dorm Energy Wars have begun! The Energy Wars are a competition to see which students can reduce their dorm’s energy use by the largest amount per capita. The competition runs from Friday, February 19th to Friday, February 26th….

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…

Tasting Success: How MacFEAST is changing what you eat
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Tasting Success: How MacFEAST is changing what you eat

If you felt bad putting waste in the bins set up by MacFEAST in Café Mac, that’s a good thing; you see the value in the food you eat. Inspired by food justice conferences here and at Carleton College, the relatively new organization MacFEAST pushes for awareness of food issues and sustainability on a large…

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Sustainable insight from Gordy Moore: “Think about it—take a second—DING!”

If that weird little widget makes even one student a day think about the impact of their printing and critique their daily consumption decisions, and that student then begins to make subtle changes in their consumption patterns, then our environment will be better off for it. It is this sustainable attitude and sense of consciousness and purpose in consumption that projects like these are trying to foster in the Macalester community.
What’s also important to emphasize is that the 500 sheet balance is not a “punishment” for printing, or an attempt to make those who print more feel bad. A number of majors and professors require a lot of printing, and what’s more, many people learn and absorb information better when they read from a printed copy.

Paving the path to sustainability: Mac’s new permeable pavement
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Paving the path to sustainability: Mac’s new permeable pavement

A lot of construction projects around campus are pretty noticeable. No one could miss the renovation of J-Wall, and when solar panels are added to Markim Hall later this year, it will be an obvious statement of Macalester’s dedication to sustainability. Sometimes smaller construction projects occur around campus that have important consequences but are not…

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