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Northland Named “Cool School” in 2021

Sierra’s Top-100 List for Sustainability in Higher Ed

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…

Disappearing Earth

Climate Change Teach-in

March 30, 2022, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

…Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Development Dr. Thomas Mackey, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education Dr. Kevin Schanning, Professor of Sociology Dr. Sarah Johnson, Associate Professor of Natural Resources Dr. Scott Grinnell, Professor of Physics Julia Waggoner, Library Director Catherine McComas Bussa, Climate Justice Major and 2020 Student Sustainability Director  …

Outdoor Orientation

…orientation staff and student leaders make sustainability a core value when planning and implementing our experiences. We continually strive to put Northland’s outdoor orientation on the front line of sustainability in wilderness travel. Most OO experiences are held within ninety miles of the Northland campus, taking advantage of our amazing…

Northland College alum Jenn Wood

Wood Crusades for Climate Policy

Jenn Wood '00 Focuses on Energy Conservation

…be easily implemented and successful. “Every little personal choice we make does matter whether it is changing a lightbulb, eating more plant-based foods, or refusing to support a business whose values are not in alignment with yours,” she said. At Northland, she crafted her own major, sustainability and education, was…

Northland College Students, on-farm learning.

8 Great Sustainable Student Initiatives

For the last fifteen years, REFund, a student-administered grant program, has funded a long list of pretty cool projects designed to enhance sustainability and increase energy efficiency on campus. Northland College students contribute to this program through student fees—$40 per semester—and with their ideas and hard work. Composting Buckets in…

Graduates skating to commencement

Princeton Review Names Northland Top Green College

…just meeting sustainability standards, it’s setting them,” reported The Princeton Review. They noted the following: • Northland recently became a member of the Founding Circle for the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, which encourages the college and university community to invest a total of $1 billion in self-managed revolving funds that…

Northland College campus.

President Karl I. Solibakke

…of the 21st century, Northland leveraged its environmental expertise to help launch the EcoLeague, a consortium of six institutions that share missions devoted to environmental responsibility and social change. Today, the College’s leading-edge curriculum weaves the liberal arts into a robust concentration on climate sciences and environmental sustainability. Northland ranks…

solar garden

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…

Chemistry students with Professor Nick Robertson

Chem Cohort Inch Forward Field of Sustainable Plastics

…has huge importance,” Corcoran explained. Corcoran admits to being biased, but believes Northland College’s integrated focus on sustainability drives students to make a difference in their field. Two years ago, Klein, Hudson and five other Northland College students coauthored research results with three UW-Eau Claire students in ChemComm, summarizing a…


REFund Turns 20

…retrofitted LED lights in the Larson Juhl Center for Science and the Environment. The projects all aspire to improve sustainability on campus. Students have the unique opportunity to dream up ideas, create a proposal, pitch the proposal to students, and then work with the sustainability committee to implement the projects….