TUS National Gathering: Venue & Logistics

VENUE

MACALESTER COLLEGE, ST. PAUL, MN

Macalester College is a private liberal arts college nestled in a residential area between two vibrant cities, Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The campus is park-like, with both modern buildings and others that date to the late 1800s.

The institution has a strong sustainability ethic, including near-term Zero Waste, Carbon Neutral, and Real Food goals (https://www.macalester.edu/sustainability/). And, they are forming their own Transition group!

For the Gathering, we will have use of several impressive meeting rooms, and there is space for outside meetings, games, and other activities. Each participant will have access to Mac’s highspeed wifi. It can be hot and humid in late July, so be prepared with an umbrella for shade and rain, a sunhat, sunglasses, and comfortable clothing. Some may want to bring mosquito repellent.

It’s close to coffee and tea houses, stores for books, groceries, art materials, and clothing, and other amenities. The Mississippi River is just a 20-minute walk west of campus. A Nice Ride bike station is across the street from campus. Public transit can take you to either downtown in 20 to 40 minutes, Also nearby are variety of churches, a Friends Meeting, synagogues, mosques, and a Buddhist meditation center ( https://www.macalester.edu/religiouslife/twincities/).

CARBON-NEUTRAL, ZERO-WASTE GATHERING

Our goal is to be a carbon neutral, zero waste gathering. Macalester is a zero-waste campus. You will find regular and organic recycling containers across the campus.

A simple practice: please bring your own drinking cup or bottle. Harder, but worth doing: work with your local Transition or sustainability group to help reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions of your travel and attendance at the Gathering.

For example, a trip by Amtrak from Seattle to Saint Paul emits about 1185 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent per passenger. That is roughly what is emitted by 60 gallons of gasoline. If you and your group of friends agree to drive that much less in the coming few months, by ride sharing, walking, biking, or simply not going, that offsets the train trip.

Alternatively, the net carbon emissions of train trip will be offset if your group cuts their beef consumption by 44 pounds and substitutes legumes. Sounds like a lot, but the average per capita consumption of beef in the US was about 54 pounds in 2015. 

We’ll give more guidance about carbon offsets soon.

The point of Transition is to shift to a more sustainable lifestyle in a more resilient community. We can (and must) get serious about this and still have a lot of fun!

MEALS

ON CAMPUS MEAL PLAN

Participants can purchase a cafeteria-style meal plan through Macalester's food service, Bon Appetit. Food options include local & sustainably sourced, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meals. Special meals can be prepared for those with serious food allergies, but we must know in advance. Meal plans must be purchased by July 1st so the food service can plan accordingly (Meal ticket purchasing page coming soon).

AREA RESTAURANTS

There are  a number of off-site restaurants in the area; see this list for more information.

LODGING

ON CAMPUS/DORM LODING

Macalester is providing 112 (twin-sized) dorm beds for the gathering; cost is $35 for a private room or $21 for one bed in a double room. Rooms have fans but no air conditioning. Dorm rooms are available on a first-come, first serve basis. If you're staying in a double room, you will have the option to choose your own roommate, or we will place you with one of the same gender. Dorm registration page is here:

OFF-SITE HOSTELS, HOTELS, and OTHER CAMPUSES

If you will be staying off-campus, check out this MAP of public transit routes from lodging to campus

Hotels all give Macalester University discounts so be sure to ask for that. You must call the hotel for the discount (usually 15 or 10% off non-discounted rates). Check on the difference between website booking rate (via kayak, cheap hotels, etc.) and rate with the university discount. Website booking may be cheaper. The discounted rates are listed below. The Hampton Inn is offering a direct link to book at the discounted rate.

Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Saint Paul, 200 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102 (651) 224-7400.$135 guaranteed price (with full breakfast) before June 27, for two queen beds by clicking on this link: Hampton Ignore all fields except dates and number of people and rooms.

Best Western Plus Como Park Hotel, 1010 Bandana Blvd. W., St. Paul 55108, (651) 647-1637. Call directly for $144 price for two queen beds before June 27.

Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, 161 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul 55103, (651) 227-8711. Call directly for $152.15 price for two queen beds, asking for Macalester discount.

Days Inn, 1964 University Ave. W., St. Paul 55104, (651) 645-8681 No discount so book online at www.daysinn.com $68 for two double beds (least expensive hotel—clean, but with varied guests)

Minneapolis International Hostel, 2400 Stevens Ave S, Minneapolis 55404, (612) 522-5000 or minneapolishostel@gmail.com. The hostel requires booking directly by phone or via email. They do have dorms and 20 private queen-bed rooms all at same price of $39.95 per person. This facility is the farthest from Macalester and more difficult via public transportation.

University of Minnesota: (more info coming soon)

St. Thomas College: (more info coming soon)

OTHER ACCOMODATIONS

Couchsurfing and Airbnb are both active in the Twin Cities area.

TRANSPORATION

PUBLIC TRANSIT TO MACALESTER COLLEGE:

http://www.transitionus.org/sites/default/files/Map Hotels & Transit with St Thomas.pdf">If you will be staying off-campus, check out this MAP of public transit routes from lodging to campus

Note that regular fares are currently $1.75 for adults, $0.75 reduced fare, during non-rush hours, but are $2.25 during rush hours (6:00 to 9:00 am and 3:00 to 6:30 pm on weekdays). Seniors (65 and older), youth (6 to 12), and Medicare card holders (with ID) are eligible for reduced fare. Children younger that 6 ride free with a paying customer (limit 3 per paying customer).

You may purchase tickets at every light rail train stop – the machines give change. No change is given on buses. Alternatives: buy a Go-To Card and preload it to pay for tickets https://www.metrotransit.org/go-to-card, or get the app to pay as you go https://www.metrotransit.org/app

A single fare is good for 2.5 hours, but you should ask for a transfer.

Use the Trip Planner for these and other trips on Metro Transit https://www.metrotransit.org/planner/plannerresult.aspx

From the Minneapolis Greyhound Bus Station (950 Hawthorne Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403):

1. Walk NE, past Target Center, about 0.4 mile to catch the Green Line train toward Saint Paul. Disembark at the Westgate Station. Cross University Avenue to catch bus 63 toward Sunray. Disembark at Snelling Ave.

2. Take the Green Line as described above, but disembark at Snelling Ave. Cross University Ave. going south to catch the A LINE bus toward 46 St. Station. Disembark soon at Grand Ave.

From Saint Paul Union Station (Amtrak and Greyhound):

1. Catch the Green Line train toward Minneapolis in front of Union Station. Disembark at Snelling Ave. Cross University Ave. and catch the A LINE bus toward the 46 St Station. Disembark at Grand Ave.

2. Walk 0.2 miles NW to 6th St. and Sibley St. to catch the 74A bus toward 46 St. Station. Disembark at Snelling Ave., and catch the 84 bus going north toward Rosedale. Disembark at Grand Ave.

From the MSP Airport (either terminal):

1. Take the Blue Line train toward Minneapolis. Disembark at the 46th St. Station. At Gate A, catch the A LINE bus toward Rosedale. Disembark at Grand Ave.

2. Take the 54 Ltd Stop toward Saint Paul at Gate #4 in the Airport Transit Plaza of Terminal 1. Disembark at 7th St. W and Maynard Dr W. From there, catch bus 84 toward Rosedale, and disembark at Grand Ave.

OTHER INFORMATION

A list of area shops can be found here.

 

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