"Going Green at Northland College"

By KBJR News 1

September 2, 2010 Updated Sep 2, 2010 at 8:29 AM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

Across the Northland students are heading back to school to learn the three R's.

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.

"Certainly our curriculum is all about understanding the world the way we interact with human beings. And so a lot of the curriculum does focus on helping people how to live in the world in a way that creates a healthier, more positive sustainable environment." said Michael Miller, President of Northland College.

Their programs range from agriculture to developing a green community.

"The environmental focus and all of the classes was a huge draw for me. The sustainable community development manager is something I am going towards," said Emily Stephenson, Sophomore at Northland College.

While on campus students are encouraged to get a plot in the campus garden. And sometimes the food they grow may appear on the cafeteria menu.
Northland College also focuses on creating beautiful flower gardens and they take pride in not using pesticides in their landscaping.

One thing that you will notice at Northland College is the large amounts of Wildflower gardens. These do two things; help to provide lower maintenance for the staff and also help collect storm water runoff.

Their efforts are paying off as the beauty and sustainability efforts are obvious as you walk around the campus.
In Ashland, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter

Northland College has also won several national awards for its sustainability programs.