A northeastern Minnesota learning center is receiving international acclaim for earning a Living Building Certification. Awarded by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the Living Building Certification is the world’s most rigorous standard for green buildings. Located in Finland, Minnesota, Wolf Ridge Learning Center is the 30th building in the world to receive this type of certification and the very first to do so while using waste stream to generate energy.
“Our Living Building approach is really a philosophy cloaked in a certification,” explains Wolf Ridge Executive Director, Pete Smerud.
Founded in 1971, Wolf Ridge’s remote campus hosts 14,000+ visitors annually, many are students staying for overnight immersive experiences.