"Billion Dollar Challenge"

By KBJR News 1

"Billion Dollar Challenge"

December 1, 2011 Updated Dec 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM CDT

Utilizing renewable energy and leaving a small carbon footprint are among the main goals of Northland College in Ashland.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at a billion dollar challenge the college has taken on.

Over the last year Northland College in Ashland has been recognized in several prominent publications including Sierra Magazine's "2011 Cool Schools", the Princeton review's "Green School Honor Roll" and "Best in the Midwest".
Now Northland College has thrown its hat in the ring as one of 32 schools across the nation in the Billion Dollar green challenge.

"Northland College has committed 200,000 dollars. And we are pulling people together; students, faculty, and staff to be in a conversation about what kind of investments we could make. What kind of purchases or what could we invest in for our infrastructure", said Michael Miller. President of Northland College.

The investment will be in utilizing green technologies and helping to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

"Everything at Northland involves students. That's part of the learning to do the research, see how it works out, and see what kind of savings you get from that", said Michael Miller.

Expanding the compost collection and expanding community involvement are all part of Northland College's plans for the future.
In Ashland, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northland's Newscenter.

Northland College also plans further investment in renewable energy technologies.