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Northland College alum Abby Rose and her sister Yana Dee at Yana Dee Ethical Apparel

Thread of Hope

Making Fashion Ecological, Sustainable, and Just

Abby Rose Weglarz ’08 will be the first to tell you that the fashion industry is the second most destructive industry in the world, next to big oil. Fashion designer Eileen Fisher has said the same over and again. She’ll also be the first to tell you that the industry…

A collage of climate initiatives

17 Ways We’re Tackling Climate Change

…wind, and geothermal power, but in 2018 students took the lead, purchasing one hundred, two-hundred-watt solar shares or 20 kW of power of an Xcel Solar Connect Community project. The energy harnessed by NCSA’s 20 kW will be used to power the Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment and…

Northland college students at organic farming conference

The Changing Face of Ag

Northland College staff and students traveled to LaCrosse, Wisconsin to participate in the 2018 MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. The 28-year-old conference draws over 3,500 people from around the nation and across the globe, bringing together all kinds of people…

Northland student Seth Bayliss on campus

Northland Deepens Commitment to Food, Social Justice

…said Rothe, who serves on the College’s Sustainability Work Group and Food Committee. Over the past year, the Food Committee has used Bayliss’s research to develop policies and standards that better align with the Real Food standards and campus community values. The work isn’t over, but Bayliss is optimistic about…

The Impossible Burger Won’t Save Us

Danny Simpson, Ashland Daily Press Column The Impossible Burger, a non-animal burger gaining popularity, is being marketed as the solution to saving the planet. How? Persuade people to stop eating beef, double production annually, win over consumers with an ‘equivalent’ and cheaper product, and eliminate animal agriculture by 2035. Despite…

Plastic bottles with quote by Northland College Professor Nick Robertson

Nick Robertson Thinks We Need to Rethink Plastic

4 Things Individuals Can Do to Reduce Plastic

Nick Robertson, associate professor of chemistry, received $364,361 from the National Science Foundation for his student-intensive research on the synthesis and chemical recycling of plastics. Buckles: Global use of plastic has increased twenty-fold over the past fifty years and is expected to double again in the next twenty years. Research…

Wheeler Hall building on campus

Northland Graduates Class of 2020, Prepares for Future


…financial and facilities infrastructures; reaffirming our vibrant mission around environmental responsibility and community sustainability; and strengthening the enrollment in our academically rigorous degree programs. The first six months of my presidency saw the world transformed by COVID-19 and the College community adapted quickly. I have partnered with our deeply committed…

aerial view of trees

Sit Simply, Get a New Perspective

Mentoring Urban Youth for Conservation Leadership

Evan Coulson, Bro professor of sustainable regional development, tells a story worth remembering. He was managing the rock climbing and rappelling site at Bob’s Rock in the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest this past summer for a group of Chicago teens. This outing was part of a collaboration between the Sigurd Olson Environmental…

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DNT: Northland College Finalizes Divestment from Fossil Fuels

College No Longer Has Fossil Fuel-Related Investments

Andee Erickson, Duluth News Tribune College No Longer Has Fossil Fuel-Related Investments In 2017, the college’s board of trustees voted to divest all the school’s endowment funds from fossil fuel-related investments. About $823,000 of the college’s $28 million endowment was invested in fossil fuels, which the vast majority of scientists…

A City of Ashland No Mow May sign on campus

Northland College Participates in No Mow May

Northland College is participating in “No Mow May,” an initiative aimed at fostering a better habitat for bees and other pollinators. Throughout the month of May, the Northland College maintenance crew is leaving some areas of campus—roughly 50 percent—untouched by lawn mowers. Lawns in high-traffic areas and near buildings are…