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MCSG will provide compostable dishware

In another step towards meeting Macalester’s goal of becoming Zero Waste by 2020, student organizations, faculty and staff will now be able to order compostable dishware for wholesale prices as the result of an initiative from MCSG, Mailing and Business Services and the Sustainability Office. The idea, initially brought up in MCSG last semester, finally…

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Sustainability at Mac

TMW: What brings you to work with the Sustainability Network? GQ: At the end of my freshman year, I started looking at work-study position openings for the next fall. I saw the position for Zero Waste Coordinator and thought it would be a good opportunity to spend time in a work-study position that involved an…

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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…

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Compost, campus culture: What’s the next step for Zero Waste by 2020?

In 1970, Macalester students took responsible waste disposal into their own hands and initiated a grassroots recycling program. Students sustained the service until Facilities took over in 1986. The recycling effort marked the first commitment in the Macalester community to reducing the waste destined for a landfill or incinerator. Today, with the recent addition of…

Sustainable Obtainables: Zeroing In on Zero Waste
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Sustainable Obtainables: Zeroing In on Zero Waste

One of the most frustrating things about buying any product is fighting to open it.  Once you’ve torn through the outer layer of plastic and cut open the box, you use your sharp object of choice to dislodge plastic zip binds, twist ties, plastic casing, shrink wrap…would you think you had to pay extra for…

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Composting comes to campus

If you wondered why someone was walking around campus dressed as a fried egg on Tuesday, Claire Henkel ‘13 can tell you.  “This way, I don’t have to bombard people, asking them to listen to my spiel,” she said. “People ask me first.” Henkel was excited about a new composting system implemented by the college…