|Submission Date||May 31, 2017|
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Macalester Sustainbility Office
Two environmental studies senior seminar classes developed the first greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the college and developed recommendations for the college climate action plan. An environmental studies senior seminar class developed recommendations for integrating renewable energy into our campus energy sources. Another senior seminar wrote outreach material for the Ordway Natural History Site.
Classes tour Markim Hall as an example of green architecture. Data is also available on the Markim Hall's energy and water consumption as well as the amount of energy generated by the solar array on the building.
An environmental studies senior seminar class developed recommendations for renewable energy to fulfill the ACUPCC. A student used campus data as the basis for his math and computer science senior research project. He also analyzed the energy use of the EcoHouse and the Japanese House. The recommendations of this student led to the purchase of a new and more efficient dehumidifier for the EcoHouse. Energy data is available on the sustainability website for classes to use.
Real-time energy use is available here: http://www.macalester.edu/sustainability/living-laboratory/meters/
Several classes tour food service and meet with dining service staff as part of their class.
A student research project focused on the benefits of the green roofs on campus, which were also designed by students. An environmental studies class analyzed the potential for an additional green roof on a dorm. The campus prairie and storm water projects are used for class tours. A hydrology class calculated storm water runoff from campus. An urban ecology class has used different campus grounds projects as the basis for research as well.
A student researched the environmental impacts of compostable products for a class research project.
A student working as an intern for St. Paul Smart Trips worked with the college to collect and analyze data on faculty and staff commuting. A geography senior seminar researched and analyzed student study away travel as their group project. The process developed by this senior seminar for data collection is still used today.
An environmental studies senior seminar conducted a waste audit that is still used today. The class also researched zero waste projects and recommended college actions. A student at the EcoHouse collected data on waste and actively tried to make the house "zero waste" as an independent study. Her recommendations are still used today.
As part of a student internship with the Clean Energy Resource Teams a student successfully installed water saving fixtures in a significant number of college sinks.
Students in the Sustainability and the Campus class have made recommendations for the Athletics Department, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, High Winds Office, Special Events and Off-campus housing.
A class recommended ways to improve sustainability and health. Students in the Cities, Sustainability and the Campus class developed outreach material for as smoking cessation program that showed the storm water effects of cigarette litter.
The Sustainability Office keeps a potential student projects list to connect students with campus-based research needs. The EcoHouse has been a site for student independent study projects. The Sustainability Plan includes using the campus as a teaching tool as a goal.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.