Tag: sustainability


Sustainability and the Strategic Planning process

Macalester’s newly-released Strategic Plan opens with a bold aspiration: “We hope that [this Plan] will position [our college] on a more sustainable path and as a leader in liberal arts education.” In this document, however, ‘sustainability’ is narrowly conceived as a concern for financial security. The Plan thus presents a narrowing of the concept from…


On the BEAT: What’s happening around campus and the region

HEALTH AND WELLNESS SEXY training begins, group run to Summit this weekend Health & Wellness Center events this week include the beginning of SEXY training, Macalester’s safer sex education program. These trainings are provided for all first-year floors. They will begin on Sunday and continue through October 4th. First-year floor RAs will have details on…


Lose the Landfill – Zero Waste by 2020

In an effort to bring its values of sustainability into practice, Macalester College has adopted a goal of Zero Waste by 2020. Macalester adheres to the widely accepted Zero Waste International Alliance standard, which states that Zero Waste Institutions divert 90% of waste from landfills and incinerators. Why does Zero Waste matter? We have a…


Macalester receives sustainability grant from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Macalester was recently awarded a campus sustainability grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. The grant will make a number of new activities on campus possible to increase sustainability awareness across campus. The grant, which will provide $650,000 in funding through 2017, first came to Macalester through Sustainability Director Suzanne Hansen. “I originally found out…


Compost bins installed in every campus building

Unlike last year, when compost was only collected in four locations on campus, Facilities rolled out green compost bins in common areas of all non-residential buildings, kitchens in dorms and everywhere with paper towel dispensers. The compost, which will be collected and brought to an industrial processing site called the Mulch Store, may include all…

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