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. Find something for your dorm room, a gift, or that amazing thing you didn’t know you needed but can’t possibly live without!

Students who have an active ID can access and enjoy perusing through our displays. All we ask is that you give back by taking a few minutes to help keep things tidy and organized.

The donation bin is located at the top of the ramp outside of the townhouse basement.

Fall/Winter 2020 Hours
Monday 3-6 pm
Tuesday 2-4 pm
Wednesday 10 am-12 pm; 4-6 pm
Thursday 1-5 pm
Friday 11 am -12 pm

Also join the Northland College Reuse network on Facebook.

Lumberjack Lounge Textbook Exchange
The Lumberjack Lounge is open 24-7 and the Reuse Room brings all textbooks here for a free student textbook exchange. Stop in.

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.

Campus-wide there are collection bins for plastic, aluminum cans, glass, mixed paper, and cardboard. In the Ponzio Campus Center, under the campus calendar, there are collection bins for batteries, ink cartridges,  writing utensils, plastic bags, and a Terra Cycle bin for chip bags.

Food waste is also collected and composted on site.

Transportation Options

Consider adopting a rental bike for a semester or two from the Sunshine Bike Shoppe.

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.