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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.20
Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date May 31, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Macalester College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Suzanne Savanick Hansen
Sustainability Manager
Macalester Sustainbility Office
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The Macalester Sustainability Office website publishes initiatives of our office, as well as provide information on sustainability data and the relevant student groups and campus committees who work on sustainability issues.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainable Scots Newsletter is a biweekly email that keeps students, staff, and faculty up-to-date with current campaigns, events, and opportunities from the Sustainability Office and the Macalester community.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Sustainability Office has a facebook page and a sustainability alumni linked in page and twitter account.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The Green Beat was a regular student newspaper column in the Spring '08 term, but is not currently ongoing.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Sustainability Office has a Living Lab website that includes campus sustainability research projects.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The Markim Hall Green Touch Screen was removed from the lobby of the Institute for Global Citizenship. It used to provide real-time data about the building’s
energy use, water use, and other sustainability features. Energy data and green building information is available on the Sustainability Office website.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Bon Appétit (the dining service at Macalester College) provides sustainability brochures including "Seafood WATCH”, a list of seafood that is healthier for the ocean, and information on healthy and local foods. Bon Appétit also has a regular sustainability newsletter and a "low-carbon diet" guide.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

Macalester's has signage surrounding the restored prairie behind Olin Rice Science Hall that provides information on the species, their habitat, and restoration efforts.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The sustainability tour map was compiled in 2008 and provides information for self-guided tours all across campus. The map includes the LEED platinum Markim Hall, Green roofs, the EcoHouse and Veggie Co-op, as well as 31 other sustainability tour sites.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

The Sustainability Office regularly publishes guides to alternative transportation at Macalester College that includes information about the local car share program, subsidized bus passes, flexible work arrangements and Metro Transit's Guaranteed Ride Home program.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The Sustainability Office includes a website for transportation that includes information for bicyclists.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Students originally developed a 'How to be a Sustainable Scot' guide. This guide has been developed into a website. A sustainable dorm room flyer was also developed for orientation in 2016.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The Sustainability Plan update is published every one or two years with data and a summary of the college's progress on sustainability projects.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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