About Us

Ensia is an independent, nonprofit magazine presenting new perspectives on environmental challenges and solutions to a global audience. We cover a broad spectrum of issues and ideas at the crossroads of different sectors, disciplines, ideologies and geographies.

Our mission is to share stories and ignite conversations that motivate and empower people to create a more sustainable future.

Our vision is a world in which people and the planet thrive.

Ensia is published by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota with support from major foundations and private individuals.

Ensia Online

Through incisive storytelling, provocative commentaries, compelling images and engaging multimedia, ensia.com showcases solutions to the Earth’s biggest environmental challenges.

Ensia Print

Ensia’s print magazine uses thoughtful, in-depth narrative and award-winning design to build a launch pad for conversations leading to transformative thought and action.

Ensia Live

Ensia’s events bring the world’s best minds together around specific environmental topics to move the conversation forward from global challenges to game-changing solutions.

The opinions expressed at Ensia are those of the contributors and not necessarily of the Institute on the Environment or the University of Minnesota.


We are glad to share Ensia articles under the terms of Creative Commons’ Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license. Please be sure to attribute the writer and Ensia as the original source and link to the Ensia article at the beginning of your repost. You are also welcome to post just the beginning of an article with a link to Ensia to continue reading. Please also send an email to contact@ensia.com with a link to the republished article or feature on your site.

Images and other visuals are not included in this license. For overall questions related to republishing, please email contact@ensia.com. For specific questions related to visuals, please contact Sarah Karnas via sarah@ensia.com.

The views expressed at Ensia are those of the sources and not necessarily of Ensia, the Institute on the Environment, the University of Minnesota or other funders or partners.


Ensia welcomes comments on content we publish. While we are open to airing controversial and unpopular viewpoints, comments, like the rest of our content, should move conversations forward constructively toward solutions. We reserve the right to edit or to choose not to publish comments we deem to contain inappropriate content, including name calling, offensive language, verbal abuse, etc. Comments that are self-promoting in nature and offer little to the conversation will likely not be approved.

Ethics Statement

At Ensia, we recognize that journalistic integrity is key to success in accomplishing our mission, and we are committed to doing our work honestly, fairly, transparently and with excellence. Our code of ethics, produced using guidance from the Online News Association’s Build Your Own Ethics Code project and the ethics codes of other online and print publications and journalism organizations, offers some specific examples of what we do and do not do to achieve this goal.

To learn more, download the Ensia ethics statement.


Ensia’s online and print magazine, event series and multimedia productions have received national and international recognition. The awards are a testament to the creativity and dedication of the Ensia team and its commitment to excellence in environmental communications.


AIGA, one of the world’s largest professional organization’s for design, recognized Ensia with a Judge’s Choice Award in the 2013 (Re)design awards competition. We’ve also won numerous awards from the Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009), including Gold awards for overall excellence, overall design, feature writing and more.


We’ve received recognition from our academic peers as well: Council for Advancement & Support of Education Circle of Excellence (2011), University and College Designers Association Design Competition (2011), and the University of Minnesota Maroon and Gold Awards (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009).