Sierra has again named Northland College a “cool school” in its annual top-100 list of sustainable colleges and universities.
Northland College ranked seventy-third out of 328 participating schools—and remains at the top in Wisconsin and in the Midwest.
While each institution on Sierra’s list “demonstrates a deep commitment to addressing climate change, protecting the natural world, and encouraging environmental stewardship,” Katie O’Reilly, adventure and lifestyle editor at Sierra noted that “many among the top-scoring schools whose representatives spoke to Sierra made a point of acknowledging that they’ll never earn an A+ in sustainability—that sustainability is the very definition of a goal with no end.”
In addition to the Sierra rankings, Northland College has achieved a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Northland College is the home of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and in 1971 became one of the first colleges to offer an environmental studies degree. Northland is a member of the EcoLeague, a consortium of six colleges and universities that share missions based on environmental responsibility and social change.