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.

Ensia is published with support from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, major foundations and private individuals. In 2017 we became a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News — a collective of over 100 nonprofit newsrooms dedicated to serving the public interest.

Ensia Online

Through incisive storytelling, provocative commentaries, compelling images and engaging multimedia, ensia.com showcases solutions to the Earth’s biggest environmental challenges. Our contributors include both top-tier journalists and established and emerging leaders from around the world.

Ensia Edge

Edge is our home for in-depth, engaging multimedia storytelling. Past stories have delved into the emergence of megacitiesclimate hot spots, the role of wildlife ranching in curbing poaching and the importance of environmental journalists in a changing world.

Ensia Print

Ensia’s annual “Best of the Year” print issue uses award-winning design to share our most important, enduring stories and commentary with select thought leaders and frame conversations about issues that will be emerging in the year ahead.

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.

Ensia Partnerships

Ensia collaborates with leading media outlets around the world who share our content with a global audience in the millions. We also partner “upstream” with leading scientific journals such as Elementa and others to share important new research with our readers.

Ensia Mentor Program

The Ensia Mentor Program gives emerging journalists and scientists a voice by inviting them to propose stories, then pairing them with seasoned environmental journalists to develop and publish their work at Ensia.


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 email us.

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.


Ensia’s online and print magazine and event series is made possible through the support of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, grants and contributions from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, the Stanley Family Foundation, and donations from private individuals, including Jeff and Mary Werbalowsky, Ross and Bridget Levin, Todd Reubold (Ensia publisher), and donors who have contributed less than $1,000 each annually.

Per the Ensia ethics statement, donors “have no say in specific stories pursued and how they are reported and written.”

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.


Ensia has been recognized with over 100 regional and national editorial and design awards. Three of our feature stories were included in the Notable section of the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015. Ensia received Eddie and Ozzie Awards from Folio: magazine in 2014 and 2016 for overall editorial excellence. 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 (2016, 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).