from ND COMPASS         
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

What Does Environment mean to North Dakota?


The topic of environment being broad and loosely defined can capture many areas of focus, such as land use, climate change, built environment and amenities, environmental health, energy usage, pollution, natural resources, waste, and conservation. 


Environments throughout the world make communities and ecosystems distinct, sustainable, and economically productive. North Dakota is no different. The environmental landscape of North Dakota is varied and complex and is closely tied to the public health, the natural environment, and economic development in North Dakota. As a largely rural state known for its agriculture, elements such as air, water, and soil quality;  climate and climate change; land use; and chemical exposure have always been important pieces of the environmental puzzle. With the recent oil boom receiving national attention, waste management, transportation of products, and oilfield environmental incidents have started to move to the forefront of conversations and decision-making throughout the state. In addition to "usual" environmental suspects, the environmental picture of North Dakota consists of a vast array of other factors, such as built environment factors like access to amenities and access to healthy food.


All aspects of society, individuals; businesses; communities; and local, state, and tribal leaders, need access to accurate data and information to drive decision-making when evaluating and managing health and environmental risks and creating associated environmental policies. In reaching out to our communities to discover what would best meet the data needs of the state, North Dakota Compass will evaluate how to further develop the  Environment topic as we continue to move forward. In the near future, we will convene a meeting and welcome the input from environmental experts in the state to ensure that North Dakota Compass has the most accurate environmental information and data for its users.  

As we explore the varied environmental landscape of our state, we are pleased to share two very different initiatives working with two very diverse aspects of North Dakota's environment.

In this month's For Discussion column, Nick Ybarra shares how his organization,  Legendary Adventures New Discoveries (L.A.N.D.), is working to bring attention to the Maah Daah Hey Trail by hosting mountain bike races with the hope that the use and reputation will keep this Badlands, non-motorized trail from disappearing all together.


Malini Srvastava and Troy Raisanen of efargo, outline the three major ways energy can be reduced, and discuss how efargo, a University-Utility-City partnership, is working to reduce energy use in the City of Fargo in this month's Ask a Researcher

For Discussion
Keeping the Trail: Biking in the Badlands                                     


Join Nick Ybarra, co-founder of Legendary Adventures New Discoveries (L.A.N.D.), in his article that shares how L.A.N.D. works to keep the Maah Daah Hey Traila 140 mile non-motorized single track trail through the Badlands, from disappearing. One of their efforts includes hosting mountain biking races, the Maah Daah Hey Series, in the hopes to bring attention to the trail and to get more people traveling it, which will decrease the needed maintenance. 


Ask a Researcher

efargo: City Scale Sustainability


Ever thought about how much energy we in North Dakota use in comparison with other states? It turns out North Dakota consumes a great deal more energy compared to most other states. Join Malini Srivastava, a Certified Passive House Consultant, registered architect, Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University, and Bush Fellow, and Troy Raisanen, a research and Design Fellow, to learn about energy use, energy waste prevention, and

their efforts at efargo, an University-City-Utilities partnership to reduce energy use in the  City of Fargo while participating in the Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition.

We're looking for you!

Are you interested in North Dakota's environment?

Do you love data and what it can tell us about our state?

Would you like to discuss the importance of environment indicators?Accept the challenge and Join us!


North Dakota Compass is looking to further develop what is currently the Environment topic on the website. As we explore what indicators would be most useful for our state (e.g., Natural Resources? Built Environment? Land use?), we will convene a group of advisors and experts in the field to provide input on the Environment topic of North Dakota Compass. We are looking to invite interested and knowledgeable parties to join us in assisting in the development and resource acquisition for this topic area. Please contact us if you'd like to take part in this challenge! 

What's New on the Website?

A number of charts have been updated within the following topics and key measures:            


Population Trends - CHILDREN & YOUTH:  

Population by select age groups (trend and forecast)

Population by workforce age groups (trend and forecast)

Population age 65+ (trend and forecast)

Population age 85+ (trend and forecast)

Population by age and race

Population of Color by age

White (non-Hispanic) population by age

Median age, Comparison with other states

Retirement- to working-age ratio (trend and forecast)


Population - DEMOGRAPHICS:

By towns and cities

By city (annual percent change)

By gender

By gender (percent change)



Persons of Color (number)

Persons of Color (percent)

Comparison with other states

Population change by race

Population change by race, ND and US (percent)