Oct 14, 2017
A community tree planting event was a huge hit with more than 60 students, faculty and staff helping plant trees on the east side of campus.
With shovels and good spirits, the campus community jumped into the tree planting project Oct. 14. Overcrowded and diseased trees just south of the high tunnel garden near the soccer fields were removed last spring. These were the replacements:…
May 17, 2017
Concordia College has actively worked to reduce plate waste, the amount of edible food left on one’s plate after finishing in Anderson Commons, the main dining center on campus, by more than 25 percent.
In November 2016, President Craft announced Concordia’s goal to reduce the amount of plate waste by 50 percent by 2020.
The effort to reduce plate waste is led by Dr. Meredith Wagner in the nutrition and dietetics department and Dr. Joan Kopperud…
Jan 19, 2017
Concordia has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a bronze Bicycle Friendly University award.
Concordia joins more than 150 visionary colleges and universities from across the country and is one of four BFU campuses in Minnesota.
Concordia’s increased encouragement for biking starts with the students. As the COBBikes Bike Share program…
Jul 06, 2016
An oak tree that once stood outside the Ivers and Jones science buildings will be repurposed and made into benches for the new science facility.
As the Integrated Science Complex renovations develop further, it is not just the old walls and facilities of the science departments that must go.
To make way for the new, a well-loved burr oak tree also had to be removed. Although the tree…
May 03, 2016
Concordia's dietetic interns paired up with English professor Dr. Joan Kopperud's inquiry writing students to learn about Concordia's food waste.
Sometimes, eyes can be bigger than the stomach.
Walk into Concordia's Anderson Commons and you will likely see dozens of students filling up their plates with food they will soon sit down and enjoy. The question is: How much of the food on…Academics
Jan 12, 2016
Building green is not only part of the construction plans for an updated integrated science complex on campus – it’s been part of the transition as well.
Items no longer needed in Jones Science and Ivers have been given away, sold and recycled.
“Just because we don’t need it, doesn’t mean something is useless,” says Samantha Hill, sustainability coordinator. “If we can find another home for…Academics
Nov 13, 2015
Fresh, locally grown tomatoes for Thanksgiving – in Minnesota?
It’s possible now that Concordia has a high tunnel, or hoop house, warmed with a solar air system.
The high tunnel garden is an extension of the campus organic garden, Cornucopia, which has served as an experiential learning site since 2010…
Nov 03, 2015
Concordia served as a regional host for the national conference of The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Twenty-three students, faculty and staff attended the event held Oct. 25-28 in Minneapolis.
Concordia representatives gave two oral presentations and five poster presentations at the conference. Presentations were about several of the sustainability…
Oct 08, 2015
Physics labs in lounges. Faculty offices in former dorm rooms. Consider it the temporary normal as Concordia prepares to renovate its science facilities.
Earlier this month, the Board of Regents gave final approval to update Ivers and the Jones Science Center. The $45 million project will be completed in fall 2017.
In the meantime, staff and faculty have been busy. As of early October, more…Academics
May 20, 2015
A student energy conservation competition was a winner in two ways this spring – it lowered the college’s carbon use and placed it in the top 10 in the Campus Conservation Nationals.
Students at 125 colleges and universities throughout the United States worked to reduce their electricity and water consumption in college residence halls. The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council in partnership with Lucid…
Apr 22, 2015
Not sure what to do with an item you no longer need but is too good to throw away? Concordia students can now put it in the Free Store.
The Free Store is a new initiative on campus aimed at reducing waste by accepting and giving away items that would most likely otherwise be tossed.
Students were inspired to create a Free Store on Concordia’s campus after visiting one at Oberlin…
Apr 14, 2015
From policy to practice, more than two dozen Cobbers spent their spring break learning about sustainability in D.C. and California.
Concordia’s student-organized High Impact Leadership Trip (HILT) has exposed students to conservation efforts around the country for the past five years. This is the first year that two separate groups made the trip, traveling to opposite ends…
Dec 08, 2014
What do you do when wanderlust and a passion for research come crashing together? You get packing.
From the deserts of the American Southwest to the rain forests of Brazil, Kelly Knutson ’15, Grand Forks, N.D., has made the most of every opportunity to take his education out of the classroom and into some of the most diverse and extreme ecologies…Global Academics
Nov 26, 2014
With the help of an area food shelf, Concordia makes a difference with its leftovers. For the past 30 years, Concordia Dining Services has provided approximately 21,000 pounds of food and beverages to Great Plains Food Bank, Fargo, N.D.
Janet Paul, director of Dining Services, says Great Plains Food Bank acts as a clearinghouse for food donations in the community. It knows where donations are needed the most.
“That’s why it’s so effective,” she says, “because they know what…
Oct 17, 2014
When it comes to living sustainably, Emily (Ortloff) McGarvey ’02 tells people to “think big and start small.”
As Target Corp.’s senior manager of sustainability, McGarvey is no stranger to the challenges of carrying out actions that promote sustainability in financial, social and environmental areas.
McGarvey began working at Target 12 years ago. Though…Alumni