Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.61
Liaison Alan Brew
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Northland College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Northland College is part of the Eco-League, a consortium of six liberal arts colleges across the United States including: Alaska Pacific University, College of the Atlantic, Dickinson College, Green Mountain College, and Prescott College. The Eco-League is dedicated to environmental stewardship, social change, and educating students to build a sustainable future.

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Northland College is active in several local sustainability networks, including the Alliance for Sustainability, Habitat for Humanity, and Chequamegon Bay Renewables. Northland has hosted numerous conferences on sustainability, including Eco-Municipalities and the Natural Step.

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Northland College faculty and students present at sustainability conferences regularly. In addition, faculty present sustainability-related research and findings at conferences that are not restricted specifically to issues of sustainability. Some of the recent presentations include:

MOSES Organic Farming (various presentations on Food Systems)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning ("Community Planning in a Rural Context and the Challenge for Undergraduate Education")
Wisconsin Assoc. for Environmental Education (“Green Building Design”)
Urban Affairs Association ("The Outsiders: The Limits of Growth Strategies in Small Cities in Rural Regions")
Green Chemistry and Engineering ("Bustin’ Bunnies and Beyond: Adaptable Inquiry-Based Approaches for Introducing Polymer Principles")
Alliance for Gun Responsibility ("Guns in a Civil Society")
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment ("Bugging Out: Masculinity and the Mainstreaming of Disaster Preparedness in Offgrid")
Chequamegon Audubon Society & Chequamegon Bay Birders ("Effects of land management type on American kestrel")
Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference ("Diversity and abundance of terrestrial wildlife in Piedras Blancas National Park, Costa Rica")
American Geophysical Union Conference ("Lichen biogeochemical and spatial dynamics in canopies of Eastern white pine")
Association of College and University Biology Educators ("Understanding conservation genetics")
Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference ("Blood may NOT buy goodwill")

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Northland Faculty serve on the Eco-League committee providing opportunities for faculty, staff and students in sustainability-related initiatives and learning opportunities.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Northland College collaborates with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College with programs to install renewable energy systems, working with students of both colleges and community members.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Northland regularly shares resources with other Eco-League schools. Several students have attended our partner schools, and at least one faculty collaboratively taught a semester with an Eco-League school. In addition, last Fall Northland faculty, staff, and students collaborated with Jeffery Ball from Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance to encourage greater sustainability on the Stanford University campus. Our collaborations included descriptions of Northland's sustainability programs and curriculum, student sustainability initiatives and leadership roles, and successful methodologies.

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