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Green in a global crisis: a look at the effects of the pandemic on waste production

For the past couple of decades, Carleton has worked to promote environmentally responsible practices throughout campus. However, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration chose to prioritize health and safety over sustainability by introducing more disposable and single-use products. According to Alexandra Miller, Carleton’s sustainability program coordinator, in…

COVID-19 testing fee for students who leave campus raises concerns of equity

The Dean of Students Office announced on October 1 that a $150 COVID-19 test fee will be imposed on students leaving campus urgently and later returning. Weekly random tests have otherwise been free for students. This change is not a result of the college’s inability to fund tests; rather, it…

Risking health for employment: limited remote work options leave students with a difficult choice

If you are one of the many students at Carleton who has never had a serious illness, never questioned your access to healthcare and never been immunocompromised, your health has probably never been at the forefront of your decision making. Now, students are forced to factor their health into the…

Reusable to-go container pilot program to be launched in Sayles

The Sustainability Office and Bon Appétit are launching a pilot program that will replace disposable clamshell containers in Sayles Café with free reusable to-go containers. Andrew Farias ’21, Sustainability Assistant in the Office of Sustainability, is spearheading the program, which is branded as Green2Go. Farias hoped that 100 students and…

CSA to begin sustainable menstrual products pilot program

CSA will be distributing 90 menstrual cups as part of a pilot program aiming to increase accessibility of sustainable menstrual products on campus. CSA will be purchasing the products from DivaCup, a prominent menstrual cup supplier. Tentatively, the cups will be distributed in the first three weeks of spring term…

A close-up look at Carleton’s wind turbines

When winter winds bite and your fingers freeze in the bitter cold of the Minnesota February, you can find solace in the fact that the gust of wind that just knocked the air out of your lungs is in fact powering about 40% of Carleton’s total electricity load, according to…

Carleton-wide trick-or-treating and office decorating contest

This October, Carleton will be reviving several Halloween-inspired traditions which have fallen by the wayside over the past few years. On Thursday, October 31, offices across Carleton’s campus will collaborate to host a community-wide trick-or-treating event. All students are encouraged to participate, and costumes are not required. Trick-or-treating will commence…