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Northland Gets Noticed
Northland's commitment to education and the environment has been noticed around the country by some of the most prestigious college reviews. This year, Northland has been part of the Sierra Magazine's "2011 Cool Schools", the Princeton Review's "Best in the Midwest" and "Green School Honor Roll," and the US News Report's "Best Colleges 2011." Learn about each of the reviews below and how Northland qualifies. This truly is a place to think differently and live differently.
Lake Superior Magazine features Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
Lake Superior Magazine highlighted the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute staff, programs, and interns in its spring 2013 edition. The full feature along with a brief bio of Sigurd Olson is now available online. Read the full story here.
Northland College named to The Princeton Review's 2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges
The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges profiles 320 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. Learn more here.
Meteorology program at Northland highlighted
Dave Anderson of the Northland's News Center in Duluth reported this story in April 2013 about Northland's meteorology program.
Northland College named to The Princeton Review's 2012 Guide to 322 Green Colleges
The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges profiles 320 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The 232-page guide is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges. Learn more.
Northland College Joins the Billion Dollar Green Challenge
The Northland College Green Revolving Fund involves students, staff, and faculty in a process of researching, prioritizing, and investing in projects that increase its sustainability. This fund brings together long-standing environmental priorities, inclusive planning processes, and data-informed decision making practices in exercising sustainable business practice. Find out more about the project at greenbillion.org.
St. Louis Today and Northland College
On October 14, 2011, St. Louis Today mentioned Northland College in an article about the importance of college visits. Check out the article and what they had to say about it!
Northland College recognized for Access Guarantee program
Northland College is among one of 15 colleges highlighted by Smart Money, a Wall Street Journal magazine, for offering discounted tuition or other savings for financially strapped students. Through the school's Access Guarantee program, Northland provides new freshmen students from low to middle income families the opportunity to attend a private college at the same or lower cost than at the largest public university in the student's home state. Read more.
Northland College one of the top schools nationwide in sustainability performance
Northland College is one of two schools in the nation to receive the highest score for sustainable education and research, according to data from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Northland College is among more than 100 top schools nationwide that have completed AASHE's self-reporting rating system. The association ranks Northland ahead of other notable institutions, such as Yale University, in its sustainability performance. Read more.
Northland named on the Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges
Northland College is included in a new Princeton Review downloadable Guide to 311 Green Colleges. A story on the guide in the April 20, 2011 edition of USA Today includes Northland in a list of 18 Green Honor Roll schools that earned a perfect score in the Princeton Review survey. The USA Today story can be found at http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2011-04-20-green-college-campus-princeton-review.htm.
Forbes names Northland College to America's Green list
Northland College's curriculum and environmental commitment has once again earned national attention, this time by inclusion on a new list of green higher education leaders. In a Nov. 11 article in Forbes "American's Greenest Colleges and Universities" reporter Brian Winfield writes, "For the last 39 years Northland College in Ashland, Wis., has given its liberal arts curriculum an environmental twist. Students can enroll in courses of study focused on sustainable agriculture, man's connections with nature, or the Lake Superior watershed (which includes a one-month trip around the watershed itself)."
Other colleges and universities on the list include Yale, Harvard, the University of Minnesota, and the University of California - Santa Barbara. Forbes made the selections based on a report card from the Sustainable Endowments Institute and other factors, including whether an institution is included in the Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll. Northland College was included in this list in August when it was also named to Sierra magazine's Cool Schools list. Read more
#4 Most Bike—Friendly Campus of 2011
According to onlineuniversities.com, as a school that emphasizes its mission to incorporate an environmental emphasis into its liberal arts studies, it is easy to understand why Northland College is a haven for student cyclists. In fact, Northland College has constantly been ahead of the environmentalism curve, going green in 1971, which was decades before today's green trend. The college continues to push for more environmentally-friendly actions today, and these are typically spearheaded by the students themselves. The Northland College Student Association (NCSA) had previously launched the Sunshine Bike Program, where a large number of yellow-painted bikes were "set loose" on the campus and students could use them whenever they pleased. However, the plan backfired when all the bikes eventually disappeared from campus as the result of either accidental or intentional theft. Now, the NCSA set up a bike rental system where students can rent bicycles with ease, provided that they also return them.
Read more at http://www.onlineuniversities.com/rankings/10-most-bike-friendly-campuses/.
US News & World Report: Best Colleges 2011
The prestigious US News Report has named its Best National Liberal Arts Colleges of 2011. Northland was part of 266 national liberal arts colleges to be recognized. To qualify, each liberal arts institution must emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts. Check out more about the US News Report at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.
2011 Princeton Review: Green Honor Roll
Northland College has received the highest score possible in a new survey of environmentally friendly colleges. The Princeton Review gathered information from 703 colleges and universities and assigned scores on a scale from 60 - 99. Eighteen colleges, including Northland, received perfect scores and were named to the 2011 Green Rating Honor Roll. The criteria used by the Princeton Review includes the percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food, whether new buildings are required to be LEED certified for environmental friendliness, and whether the school employs a full-time sustainability officer.
To learn more about the Princeton Review and its Green Honor Roll go to http://www.princetonreview.com/green-honor-roll.aspx.
2011 Princeton Review: Best in the Midwest
According to a Princeton Review survey, Northland College is also one of the best colleges in the Midwest. It is one of 152 recommended by The Princeton Review in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region. More information about these surveys can be found at www.princetonreview.com.
#1 Best College Environmental Programs in the U.S.
According to treehugger.com, every year, the number of green college programs--and the number of students enrolled in them--rises, as careers in environmental policy, sustainability, law, and management become more common. Northland College has been named the number one college environmental program in the U.S. Learn more about the review at www.treehugger.com.
Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll - NCAA Division III
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its winners for the 2009-10 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This award, given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College, awards teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches. The 2009-2010 LumberJills basketball team was successful on the court and in the classroom. The Jills posted a team GPA of 3.455, which was ranked 16th in the nation. The Jills were honored by the WBCA for their accomplishment.
Going Green at Northland College - Northland's News Center
In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson looks at an area college that has added an extra letter..."G" for their emphasis on going green.
Harnessing the power of the wind to generate electricity and using the sun to heat water and cut energy bills is a common occurrence across the Northland College campus in Ashland. But adopting these green technologies is only a small fraction of the school's mission.
Getting on the Green Honor Roll - Northland's News Center
In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at how Northland College made the Green Honor Roll.
A campus garden, solar panels, and even a few wind turbines are a common sight across the Northland College Campus. It was this commitment to green that got Northland noticed. "Northland College has been engaged with the environmental cause for a long time," said Michael Miller. President of Northland College.
In this past year the school has been part of Sierra's Magazine's "2011 Cool Schools", the Princeton reviews "Green School Honor Roll" and "Best in the Midwest".
Ashland Gets Noticed
Outdoor Life Magazine has named Ashland, Wisconsin, to be one of the top 200 best towns in America for hunters and fishermen. Ashland was rated number 27. Ashland was selected for great hunting and fishing, trophy potential, year-round opportunities and the quality of life. Read more at outdoorlife.com/besttowns.
College Looks to Connect Students with Community
The Daily Press, Ashland, Wis. - Northland College staff aim to do what they can to provide real-world work experience for their students. The school has created a new position called the coordinator of applied learning. Stacy Craig, environmental education coordinator for LoonWatch, has been hired to take on the new role Oct. 1. Northland College staff created the position to identify relationships, partners or mentors who are interested in working with the school and its students. View entire article at the Daily Press Website.
Northland College Receives Major Grant to Survey Health of Shoreline
September 23, 2010 - The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) at Northland College, working on behalf of the Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership (CBAP), has been awarded a $192,000 grant to conduct sanitary surveys on several area beaches and shoreline areas. The grant, the first of four awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, will provide funds to CBAP to target and reduce shoreline contamination in the Chequamegon Bay watershed. Read more at the Northland News Center Website.
Northland Receives $10K in Grants from Xcel Energy
Northland College recently received $10,000 in grants from the Xcel Energy Foundation to support three long-standing programs at the college. The Apostle Islands School Program, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) and the Xcel Energy Environmental Scholarship will all receive portions of the funds.
"These funds highlight our environmental goals and support the work of the premier environmental institution in the country," said Mike Bebeau, community services manager for Xcel Energy. The company's goals include a strong commitment to environmental protection, carbon reduction efforts and a clean energy future, and education plays a key role in the implementation of these goals. Read entire article at The Daily Press.
Students Volunteer to Prevent Disease at Iron River National Fish Hatchery
The Ashland Current - Northland College student members of the American Fisheries Society volunteered their time this fall to prevent proliferation of diseases in the upstream portions of Schacte Creek, which end up flowing through the Iron River National Fish Hatchery.
"It's an opportunity for the students to get some experience," said Derek Ogle, associate professor of mathematical sciences and natural resources at Northland. "The idea is to not have disease in the creek, for fear disease would get into the hatchery." Read the entire article.
Northland College receives major grant for outreach and education
Northland College has received a third Environmental Protection Agency grant to fund restoration and outreach initiatives for the Lake Superior Binational Forum. The grant, made possible through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, will fund four projects throughout the Lake Superior basin over the next two years.
Northland College has been home to the U.S. offices of the Binational Forum since 1992 through the Sigurd Olson Environment Institute. "The Forum has been funded through the EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office to conduct quarterly public meetings around the lake and collect public input from lake users," said Lissa Radke, Lake Superior Binational Forum coordinator at Northland College. "This additional funding will allow the Forum to reach tens of thousands more people in basin communities in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario with our printed materials. The funds will extend our current outreach from about 20 main communities to almost 100 communities basin-wide as we celebrate annual events such as Lake Superior Day and as we recruit thousands of new stewards who want to volunteer in local programs." Read the entire release.
10 Private Colleges Join Tuition Rewards Enrollment Consortium
Tuition Rewards is a consortium of 270 private colleges & universities in 43 states. The unique program rewards families for saving for higher education with points that can be used to reduce tuition costs. 75 colleges have joined Tuition Rewards since March, 2008. 190,000 students are enrolled in the SAGE Scholars-sponsored program, which encourages families to save for college and helps member colleges recruit students. Read more about this consortium.
Sierra Magazine 2011 Cool Schools: America's 100 Greenest Schools
On August 16, 2010, Sierra magazine announced its annual top 20
"coolest" schools for their efforts to stop global warming and operate
sustainably. Northland College placed 7th on the list. The magazine's
September/October cover story spotlights the schools that are making a
true difference for the planet, and marks Sierra's fourth annual listing
of America's greenest universities and colleges. Institutions ranked by
the listing were evaluated based on an extensive survey submitted to
Sierra magazine by each college or university. After reviewing the
surveys, follow up inquiries were made and eventually each school was
scored using a rubric developed with Sierra Club's Conservation
Among other features and initiatives at the College, Northland was recognized for the McLean Environmental Living and Learning Center, one of the residence halls on campus. The building boasts a wide range of sustainable features including low-flow bathroom fixtures, composting toilets, solar panels and a wind turbine. The ranking also factored in energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and a catchall section titled "other initiatives."
Northland College also recently earned a perfect score in the 2011 Green Rating Honor Roll and appeared in a listing of the Best Colleges in the Midwest, both published by the Princeton Review.
Check out the Sierra Magazine and the 2011 Cool Schools at http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201009/coolschools/default.aspx.
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