Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.99
Liaison Megan Butler
Submission Date July 18, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Macalester College
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Suzanne Savanick Hansen
Sustainability Manager
Macalester Sustainbility Office
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

The High Winds Fund was established in 1956 through an initial gift to Macalester College from DeWitt Wallace to prevent the problems of urban blight he had seen in other college and university neighborhoods.

Our mission is to maintain and improve the beauty, serenity, and security of the area surrounding the campus of Macalester College.

Macalester College is a unique institution – a nationally respected liberal arts college in the heart of a thriving urban environment. The High Winds Fund helps to support and improve that critical environment for the benefit of Macalester’s students, faculty, staff, and neighbors.

These goals are accomplished by two staff members who are directed by Trustees different than those that govern the college. A list of current staff and Trustees are available at: http://www.macalester.edu/highwinds/staff/

A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

The High Winds Fund works with the local neighborhood council and other organizations to make the Macalester-Groveland a more vibrant place to live. It accomplishes this by working with local government to influence infrastructure; create sustainable, diverse, healthy, livable neighborhoods; and positively influence educational and youth programs in the area.

List of identified community stakeholders:

Groveland Elementary School Association
Ramsey Junior High School
Macalester-Plymouth Preschool
Jean Lyle Children’s Center
Friends School of Minnesota
Four Seasons A+ Elementary School
Randolph Heights Elementary School
Neighborhood Energy Connection
Eureka Recycling
Hour Car
Nice Ride
Macalester College Sustainability Office
Macalester Groveland Community Council Environment Committee
Saint Paul Smart Trips
Transit for Livable Communities
Grand Avenue Business Association
Grand Snelling Business Association
Grand Old Day
City of Saint Paul, Department of Public Works
University United
Public Art Saint Paul
Macalester Groveland Community Council
Merriam Park Living At Home / Block Nurse
The Family Tree Clinic
Macalester Summit Hill Living-at-Home
Highland Friendship Club
Minnesota 2020

A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

In 2011, the High Winds Fund brought the metro area's bike share program, Nice Ride, to campus.

Throughout 2012, the High Winds Fund worked with local business owners to bring over $850,000 in renovations to underutilized spaces adjacent to campus so that two small business could open.

In 2014, the High Winds Fund added signage and flags for pedestrian crosswalks to ensure safety of community members.

The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:
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