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Pollinator Path launches to promote sustainability
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Pollinator Path launches to promote sustainability

Standing in front of the prairie behind the Olin-Rice Science Center on September 12, two students – Collin Dobie ’19, dressed in a beekeeping suit, and Aubrey Arnt ’21, wearing a bee costume – officially inaugurated Macalester’s new Pollinator Path. The Pollinator Path is a Sustainability Office initiative to create a map outlining the eight…

Sustainable Steps @ Mac: The MacFreeSwap
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Sustainable Steps @ Mac: The MacFreeSwap

Did you know there’s a hallway on campus that saves 600 pounds of waste a month and fights inequality at the same time? That hallway is the MacFreeSwap. The MacFreeSwap is a Sustainability Office program which allows students to donate items they no longer need to pick up items that others have donated. It’s a…

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Macalester places fourth in RecycleMania

Macalester has placed fourth in this year’s RecycleMania, the annual challenge that compares the percentage of waste diverted from landfills to composting or recycling facilities at over 150 schools across the nation. The fourth-place ranking, achieved by diverting 79 percent of the college’s waste, is the best that Macalester has ever earned during its years…

Former EPA head McCarthy on environmental policy in Trump era
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Former EPA head McCarthy on environmental policy in Trump era

Gina McCarthy, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Barack Obama, spoke last Thursday in Kagin Commons as the Lectures Coordination Board (LCB) spring speaker. During her time in charge of the EPA, McCarthy – who is now a professor at Harvard University – made significant progress on initiatives to cut…

Opinion

Macalester students drive campus sustainability

By Molly Flerlage, Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Lydia Sulik [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] 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…

Opinion

Macalester needs to become fossil free

by Fossil Free Mac [email protected] 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…

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