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Solar panels at ELLC residence hall

Planning for Carbon Neutrality by 2030

…costs and benefits of the options available for reducing campus carbon dioxide emissions from Northland’s current level of about 3,500 metric tons of CO2e/year (roughly the equivalent of annual emissions of 737 passenger vehicles) to net zero. “Assessment is an important first step in reducing carbon emissions and in demonstrating…

Visiting lecturer Brendan Baylor in his studio

Artist takes fresh look at historical clearcut

…how this document “provided legal basis for extractive industries to clearcut the region,” acting as an effective tool of colonialism. Collaboration also provided scientific accuracy and understanding to the piece as a whole. Baylor worked with Sarah Johnson, assistant professor of natural resources and biology, to understand the current ecological…

Where Sustainable Community Development Can Take You

Julie Fair & Adrian Diaz '16

Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota (Julia) and Waukegan, Illinois (Adrian) Current location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Major/Emphasis: Sustainable Community Development and Sociology ’16 (both of them) Experience/Internships while at Northland College: Both: Wendy and Malcolm McLean Intern at Compatible Technology International Julia: HECUA participant (NC’s first for many years) to Northern Ireland. Completed…

Northland alumni director Jackie Moore holds up photo of Ida and Cabbie Meyer at the Stagecoach Inn, formerly Cabbie's.

Ex-watering hole owner leaves $200,000 to Northland College

current cost of a beer, not the dime charged at Cabbie’s Tap during the Eisenhower administration. Fond memories of the bar have been pouring into the college from long-ago students, including those under 21 who could legally drink beer back then. The cheap brew washed down countless cheese sandwiches and…

Northland College alum and artist Cait Irwin

Cait Irwin: Artist

Occupation: Owner, Irwin Artworks Major/Emphasis: Studio art with an emphasis in environmental studies ‘03 Hometown: Vermillion, South Dakota Current location: Council Bluffs, Iowa How I landed at Northland College. Being an artist and having a deep connection with the natural world have been two major constants in my life, so…

Northland College alum Shannon Franks

Using Science to Monitor Earth’s Changes

Shannon Franks '01, NASA Senior Scientist

Home state: New Jersey Major: Environmental Studies ‘01 NC Highlight: Internship with NASA Current location: Greenbelt, Maryland Employer: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center Occupation: Senior Scientist What I do: Study and improve metrics for monitoring forest disturbance and recovery How I got here. When I was…

The Impossible Burger Won’t Save Us

…is pure hubris at best, and places the onus on consumers rather than industry. What we need is systemic change away from current agribusiness and food policies—ones that promote monocultures, factory farms, and industry monopolies—that created these problems in the first place, and instead develop policies that prioritize regional food…

A collage of climate initiatives

17 Ways We’re Tackling Climate Change

Adapting and Restoring Ecosystems Sarah Johnson, associate professor of natural resources, merges scholarship on ecosystem vulnerabilities and risk with ecosystem adaptation and opportunity. She currently co-chairs the Plants and Natural Communities Working Group of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts that will see the first demo sites on state-owned…

Great lakes Initiative Madeline Island Ferry Dock

Great Lakes Islands Summit, Madeline Island Fellowship Project

…shared problems and possible solutions. The work to organize and launch a Great Lakes Islands Initiative is currently supported by the Northland College Center for Rural Communities, the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, the Island Institute of Maine, and community members from Great Lakes islands. An Island Fellowship program…

Wheeler Sculpture at Northland College

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