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CRC Helps City Plan for Renewable Future

Center for Rural Communities Updates Ashland City Plan for Energy Independence

…the City is already doing to reduce energy consumption,” said Scott Grinnell, CRC faculty research associate, co-author of the report, and director of sustainability initiatives at Northland College. “The challenges of making the best with old and imperfect buildings are very similar to the challenges we have here at Northland…

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Eco-Reps at Northland College

…and ways to bring people together. They serve on the campus Sustainability Work Group and report to Director of Sustainability Initiatives Scott Grinnell. “Sustainability is vital to life—we’re helping spread the word and tell people why it’s important,” Beadle said. While the program will evolve with time, right now, they…

Northland College alumnus Scott Canfield at the white board

Alum Inspires Students with Science

Every year, dozens of rural high school students from all over Wisconsin converge on the UW-Madison campus for a hands-on scientific research experience. Northland College alumnus Scott Canfield ’06, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in the Shusta and Palecek Laboratories at UW-Madison, serves as program faculty, inspiring the students to see…

Peter Annin on beach

Annin Says Waukesha Water Agreement a “Historic Deal”

Ashland Daily Press

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Tuesday held a press conference proclaiming the unanimous approval of the Great Lakes Compact members to allow the city of Waukesha to pump over eight million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan, a Northland College expert on Great Lake Water issues says that…

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Wisconsin’s Disappearing Forest

Prof Sarah Johnson researches the botanical realities of deer browse

…trees (where deer have eaten out the tree’s middle), “lollipop” trees (where deer leave only a rounded crown, pruning like bonsai masters), deer “candy” (the edibles deer prefer), and the “molar zone”—the region from Johnson’s calf to just above her head that is in reach of munching deer. Johnson has…

The Minar family

Three Generations of Northland Connections

The Legacy of the Minar Family

The Legacy of the Minar Family Left to right, Ashley Hilderbrand ’13, Arthur Minar ’13, Janet Minar, Dick, Minar, and Barbara Minar. Like many high school seniors, Arthur Scott Minar ’13 procrastinated making a plan for attending college. And time was ticking. “I couldn’t decide, and I was being lazy,”…

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Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation

…Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation Matt Hudson Associate Director—Great Lakes, Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation Matt Hudson Alissa Hulstrand Assistant Professor of Biology Affiliated Faculty, Burke Center Alissa Hulstrand Sarah Johnson Associate Professor of Natural Resources Affiliated Faculty, Burke Center Sarah Johnson Peter Levi Associate Director—Inland…

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