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Macalester students drive campus sustainability

By Molly Flerlage, Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Lydia Sulik mflerlag@macalester.edu shansen2@macalester.edu lsulik@macalester.edu Students have long formed the backbone of sustainability efforts at Macalester through student organizations, work study positions, student government and academic projects. Their efforts lead to policy changes, projects and sustainability education. As the Sustainability Office turns 10 years old this winter, the Sustainability…

Evaluating campus sustainability progress
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Evaluating campus sustainability progress

By Hannah Catlin and Rebecca Edwards hcatlin@macalester.edu redward1@macalester.edu For nearly a decade, Macalester has been actively working towards achieving six concrete sustainabilty goals: Zero Waste by 2020, 30% Real Food by 2020, Carbon Neutrality by 2025, Wellness, Education for Sustainability, and Urban Sustainability – but opinion remains divided on the college’s approach to environmental issues….

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Macalester needs to become fossil free

by Fossil Free Mac fossilfreemac@macalester.edu 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…

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Sustainability Summit unites MN colleges

By Gordy Moore 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,…

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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