Here are ways that Northland students are living green and thinking about sustainability. Find information about our local foods, the Reuse Room, our Sunshine Bike Shoppe, and transportation options available to get around town and beyond.

About our Local Foods

A wide range of local foods are provided in the cafeteria, and the Chequamegon Bay region is home to dozens of local food producers. When choosing a meal in the cafeteria or shopping for groceries locally, look for locally grown and produced items, and help support a thriving local food-based economy in the area.

On campus, Northland’s Mino Aki Farm has been growing food on campus since the 1990’s and also operates community garden plots that can be rented by students, faculty, or staff. Get involved and get growing.

Composting since 1993

Typically ten percent of municipal waste consists of food scraps. Here at Northland we’re working to change that. Since student volunteers first launched a composting program on campus in 1993, Northland College has kept tens of thousands of pounds of food waste out of the landfill.

Our compost program is led entirely by work-study students who manage every aspect, including daily food scrap collection from the cafeteria and residential halls, monitoring the biological process, and final distribution. Our finished compost is used in the campus gardens and native landscaping efforts. Recycle your food scraps and help us build on this strong legacy.


Visit the ReUse Room

The ReUse Room, located in the basement of the Townhouses, is a thrift shop staffed by students and volunteers. Donations from students, staff, and faculty include used clothes, CDs, books, and household items. All items are free.

Students who have an active ID can access and enjoy perusing through our displays and be convinced that one person’s trash is indeed another person’s treasure. “Treasure hunters” are asked to donate a few minutes of their time each time they visit the ReUse Room to keep it clean and organized.

Donations are accepted via the drop box outside of the Ponzio Campus Center. Find something for your dorm room, a gift, or that amazing thing you didn’t know you needed but can’t possibly live without!

Open During the Academic Year
Mon-Thurs: 4:30-6 p.m.

Also join the Northland College Reuse network on Facebook.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycling is one of our most basic sustainable practices. Work-study students monitor campus waste and recycling, create educational campaigns to improve our habits, and operate an on-campus ReUse Room.

We collect plastic, aluminum cans, glass, mixed paper, cardboard, batteries, and ink cartridges for recycling. Food waste is collected and composted on site.

Sunshine Bike Shoppe

Since the mid-1990’s, Northland’s Sunshine Community Bike Shoppe has served as a hub for bike enthusiasts, and a reminder of the potential of bicycles to bring us closer to sustainability.

The shop, located in the straw bale building, has tools, parts, and plenty of advice to offer to anyone who wants to repair their bike or build a bike from scratch.

If you are interested in learning the ABC’s of bike repair, you are welcome and encouraged to volunteer alongside our work-study students who manage the shop.

Thinking about not bringing your own bike to campus this year? Consider adopting one of our thirty rental bikes for a semester or two! More information email the bike shoppe or check out their Facebook page.

Open During the Academic Year
Monday 7 pm-8 pm
Tuesday 9 am-10:30 am and 1pm-2:30 pm
Wednesday 4 pm-6 pm
Thursday 9 am-11 am

Your Transportation Options

Beyond bikes, the NCSA partners with Bay Area Rural Transit to provide expanded services and free bus passes for students, faculty, and staff. When you grab a ride, you just need to show your Northland ID and your ride is free.

Need some help getting home or a lift out of town? Northland has a Ride-Share Facebook Group that can help you get where you need to go.