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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…

Sustainability for Global Citizenship: Sharing homes and ideas
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Sustainability for Global Citizenship: Sharing homes and ideas

On Sept. 28, students and staff packed into the Lowe Dayton Commons to view projects created for the new Sustainability for Global Citizenship class. Four groups presented, each comprised of three students. The class finished its inaugural semester in May, and it seems destined for a rich future at Macalester. Taught and mentored by political…

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Sustainability and Civic Engagement Outside the Mac Bubble

The Sustainability Network brings together students from a variety of departments and organizations to work on sustainability-related projects from around campus. This column will describe a different project from Network workers each week. You can get in touch with the network with your ideas or questions by emailing fbeckel [at] macalester.edu or gqueenan [at] macalester.edu,…

Composting is sexy: Dirty Training begins at Mac
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Composting is sexy: Dirty Training begins at Mac

If you’re a first year it’s possible that you have attended a Dirty Training, or may be attending one soon. Even then, you might not know what they are, how they were started or what they’re about. Dirty Trainings are an initiative intended to create awareness about waste at Macalester. They are ten-minute presentations put…

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