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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
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Suzanne Savanick Hansen
Sustainability Manager
Macalester Sustainbility Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Pollinator Friendly

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In April 2016, Macalester College became the first pollinator-friendly college in Minnesota. Student Emily Sylvevstre '16 worked with Facilities Services staff and proposed a resolution to Macalester College Student Government and the Sustainability Advisory Committee. The college has adopted the resolution and committed to discontinuing the use of the neonicotinoid pesticides, creating pollinator-friendly habitats on campus, and educating both Macalester and the broader community about pollinators. Recently, Macalester has brought honey bee colonies to Ordway Field Station to educate the community about bees and to support the imperiled bee population.

The press release from Center for Food Safety provides more information on the value of pollinators. Emily Sylvestre also wrote a piece on pollinator decline and her experience working with bees for the Mac Weekly.

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/4360/macalester-college-signs-resolution-to-bee-friendly#showJoin

http://themacweekly.com/2016/04/saving-the-bees-a-pollinator-friendly-resolution-for-macalester/


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Food & Dining
Grounds
Purchasing

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.