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Report Card 2010

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Macalester College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Macalester College

School details:

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  Overall College Sustainability Leader

  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $546 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: St Paul, Minnesota

Enrollment: 1,886

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
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Macalester employs a full-time sustainability manager. The campus master plan includes sustainability as one of its seven strategies, and the college is incorporating climate neutrality and other goals into its sustainability strategic plan to be approved in fall 2009. The Sustainability Advisory Committee meets regularly and opens its meetings to the public.
A clean energy revolving loan fund provides financial resources for energy reduction and efficiency projects on campus, and the college has a demonstration wind turbine. Macalester buys renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets equivalent to 100 percent of emissions from the newly constructed Markim Hall.
Through the Macalester Farm to Fork program, dining services dedicates 20 percent of its budget to locally sourced foods including an on-campus garden and local dairy. Dining facilities divert 80 percent of their waste to be recycled and Macalester composts 100 percent of its landscaping waste.
The college is awaiting LEED Platinum certification for one new building and is incorporating green building standards into its sustainable strategic plan in fall 2009. A student EcoHouse has solar-thermal water, vermiculture composting, energy-efficient appliances, and water-saving fixtures. Two green roofs have been installed since 2006.
Macalester has a website dedicated to sustainable living specifically for new students. The student group MacCARES is highly involved with sustainability projects such as behavioral change campaigns, college policies, and operational improvements. Macalester students organized the statewide Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge to encourage energy reduction and improve sustainability dialogue.
In addition to operating a shuttle that runs to other area colleges, Macalester offers a 20 to 50 percent discount on public transportation passes. Alternative forms of transportation include a bicycle-sharing program run by the MacBike student organization and a local car-sharing program.
The college makes a list of equity holdings available online to all members of the school community including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The college does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds public.
The college aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds. Macalester also uses managers who invest in clean technologies.
The college does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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