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
Oct 02, 2014
Edible landscaping is both beautiful and functional.
That’s why a group of students planted a garden of raspberry bushes on campus along the south side of Olin. The planting was part of a service project completed during the 2014 Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium.
The new garden is a…
Sep 23, 2014
Waldsee, the German Language Village of Concordia Language Villages near Bemidji, Minn., is home to a building that upholds the principles of sustainable living and environmental consciousness.
Waldsee BioHaus, the first certified passive house in North America, was built in 2005 and designed to consume as little energy as possible.
By harnessing solar and thermal energy, the BioHaus consumes about 80 percent less energy than a standard…
Sep 09, 2014
For Jesse Partee '16, sustainability is not a social stance. It's a way of life he practiced while growing up in Grafenwör, Germany.
It’s one reason he chose to live in Concordia’s EcoHouse, a residence for students interested in living sustainably. EcoHouse residents are intentional about conservation on a daily basis, take part in ecological projects, and even learn the…
Sep 05, 2014
Students at Concordia can now check out more than just books from Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, thanks to the new COBBikes bike share program.
The 12 maroon bikes stand lined up in a new bike rack on the south side of the Knutson Campus Center. Each bike is numbered and sports the COBBIKES wordmark in gold letters.
Thanks to a partnership with the library, members of the Concordia…
Jun 23, 2014
Concordia’s Summer Book Read, “Not a Drop to Drink” by Mindy McGinnis, is a story of survival in a dystopian world where clean water is a luxury.
McGinnis’ debut novel has received high acclaim from the author’s peers.
“A brutally beautiful debut,” New York Times best-seller Michael Grant said, “not to be missed.”
At Fall Orientation, incoming freshmen will discuss the novel, considering…Academics
Apr 29, 2014
EcoHouse residents share their knowledge of going green during an open house.
EcoHouse residents opened their home to the campus community April 23, exhibiting the many projects they have initiated throughout the academic year.
Four students called the EcoHouse home this year: Julia Kuebelbeck '14, St. Cloud, Minn.;…
Apr 14, 2014
Students living on campus next year will be able to show off their commitment to sustainability.
Residence Life staff and student Eco-Representatives will offer Green Room Certification to students whose rooms or campus apartments meet criteria that promote green living.
Joe Dlugos, director of Livedalen Hall, worked with students and…
Mar 11, 2014
It's not uncommon for Cobbers to use spring break as an opportunity to take learning out of the classroom – around the country and across the globe.
This year, 16 students used the week to explore conservation and activism in the Florida Everglades.
The experience was organized and led by students as part of a fairly new initiative at Concordia. The High Impact Leadership Trip (HILT) concept…
Nov 21, 2013
For cast members in Concordia’s production of “Urinetown,” it's impossible to not think about sustainability and water consumption issues.
“The show gives a very poignant, clear, and thought-provoking message that if we as a society don't do something to change our over-consuming ways, this humorous, yet tragic world portrayed in ‘Urinetown’ is inevitably our not-so-distant future…
Sep 19, 2013
The renovation of the Grant Center, home of the Offutt School of Business, has won LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design and construction.
LEED is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council that provides third-party verification of sustainable, green buildings. The Grant Center is the first building on campus, and one of a few in the region, to receive LEED certification.
Dec 31, 2012
On 134 acres where lakeshore, prairie and woodlands intersect, Cobbers are already conducting field research, with plans for more underway.
The college recently constructed an eco-friendly classroom/lab building on its Long Lake property near Detroit Lakes, Minn., a donation to the college back in the 1970s. After years of renting some of the land for farming and then opening it…
Jan 01, 2010
In the slope of a hill at Concordia’s German Language Village rests the Waldsee BioHaus, the first certified passive house in the United States.
Designed by a leading-edge German environmental firm, the BioHaus was built in 2005 out of low-impact materials and consumes 80 percent less energy than a standard building in the U.S.
The 12 solar panels on the roof power most of the building…