Wolf Ridge to Host Ribbon-Cutting and Groundbreaking Ceremony Saturday, June 3

Groundbreaking for new dorm that will meet highest environmental standards for buildings

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center will celebrate completion of two new facilities – and kickoff construction of another that is already nationally acclaimed - at a combination ribbon-cutting-groundbreaking ceremony beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 3, with tours to follow.

The ribbon will be cut for the center’s new home for its graduate students and a maintenance building. The two buildings are the first phase of a $9.4 million set of projects made possible by funds donated by foundations, the board of trustees, and supporters of the Making Waves capital campaign, which raised $6.25 million in two years.

After ribbon-cutting, ground will be broken for the center’s next project, the new Margaret A. Cargill Lodge (M.A.C. Lodge), which will add capacity to house students visiting Wolf Ridge. The dorm will be built to the highest international standard for sustainability. The Living Building Challenge (L.B.C.) requires that living spaces “give more than they take from the environment.”

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“The M.A.C. Lodge will be a living teaching tool, inspiring students to explore how their daily choices impact the planet,” said Peter Smerud, Wolf Ridge executive director. “It will be a net zero in both energy and water usage, the first in Minnesota to be fully certified by L.B.C., and one of only 40 in the nation designed to this level.”

The ceremony will also mark the first development on the center's new 68 acres of Lake Superior shoreline. "Learning experiences at the lakeshore will inspire Wolf Ridge students to understand the current freshwater issues of the world and its greatest freshwater lake," said Smerud.

Attendees at the groundbreaking will learn more about Wolf Ridge’s commitment to environmental sustainability and about the Living Building Challenge. Speakers will include representatives from architect, HGA of Minneapolis, and builder, Gardner Builders of Duluth.

See the full press release for additional information.