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USDA awards CRC funding to study regional food system   

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded the Northland College Center for Rural Communities (CRC) nearly $310,000 for a four-year research project focused on how to strengthen the community food system in Ashland and Bayfield counties. “The goal of this study is to find ways to make it…

Northland College chemistry prof and students in lab.

Your Gifts at Work

Northland pays tribute to the more than 2,600 donors who contributed towards scholarships, student-faculty research, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, campus sustainability initiatives, and more.

Northland College Professor Tom Fitz looks at map with students

Sustainability

At Northland we live our sustainability mission every day. We consider how our actions will advance sustainability in all of its forms: health, community, culture, environment, energy,  and economy. It’s from a full-spectrum point of view that we seek to understand, develop, and respond to our institutional goals. Going green is a part of everything

Four Northland College students sit in a boat with survey equipment

The Life Aquatic of the Penokee Hills

Students Survey Fish Populations

Northland College senior Megan Mader inches a jon boat into the vegetation near shore at Galilee Lake, a shallow, 212-acre lake with a handful of cabins dotting the shoreline. Mader is conducting research on fish communities to learn more about the lakes of the Penokee Hills, located an hour southeast of Ashland. A research associate…

Northland College graduation cap decorated with solar panels

A Future in Solar

Loucks '18 to hold first paid sustainability internship for City of Ashland

Name: Laura Loucks ‘18 Major: Sustainable Community Development Hometown: Eagle, Wisconsin Q. How did you find Northland? A. My path to Northland started in middle school, where I learned about the Conserve School, a semester school in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. During high school, I spent a semester of my junior year at Conserve, during…

Four eco-rep students outdoors

Eco-Reps at Northland College

The first-ever team of Northland College eco-reps are on the job. They’ll be planning events, and boosting positivity, building community, and promoting individual sustainability. “We want to shift the environmental focus from depressing to fun and empowering,” said senior Ellie Zimmer, who studies biology. Their first event of the semester was an unplugged night of…

Solar panels at ELLC residence hall

Northland College Divests from Fossil Fuels

The Northland College Board of Trustees voted Friday to fully divest Northland College’s endowment funds from fossil fuels in the next five years. Approximately 2.9 percent of the College’s $28 million endowment—about $823,000—is currently invested in fossil fuels, according to the Carbon Underground 200, an annually updated global listing of the top 100 public coal, and…

Graduates skating to commencement

Princeton Review Names Northland Top Green College


Northland College is one of the 361 environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Northland College in the 2016 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges. “Northland College isn’t just meeting sustainability standards, it’s…

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Conf to Highlight The Power of Story

Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference November 4 Educators of young children can inspire a lifelong appreciation for nature. For this reason, Northland College is hosting its first-ever Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference on Friday, November 4 for educators of all types—including librarians, teachers, childcare providers, parents, and college students in education-related fields. This…

Portrait of Parker Matzinger

The Indelible Parker Matzinger

Parker Matzinger has tracked wildlife in Costa Rica with Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson. He founded and performed in the Northland College Percussion Ensemble, interned at the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, and attended a week-long workshop combining biology and acoustics with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Matzinger, who double-majored in…