Center for Sustainable Communities
Students at local farm
September 20, 2013
We are pleased to announce the launching of this bimonthly email newsletter. Sustainability is all about nurturing relationships and making connections, both on campus and within the community and region. Our hope is that this email communication will help all of us to be more aware of opportunities to engage and stay connected to each other's work to create sustainable communities. In each edition you can expect to find special features, information on upcoming events and opportunities, job/volunteer postings and a student, staff or faculty spotlight. We hope you enjoy this new publication. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can easily unsubscribe at any time.  
Center for Sustainable Communities: An Introduction

In January 2013, Luther College launched its Center for Sustainable Communities, the latest step in Luther's sustainability journey.


The Center for Sustainable Communities will serve as a coordinating entity for campus sustainability efforts and will develop and implement a vision for Luther to be more actively involved in promoting sustainability throughout the region. The center's work will focus on its primary program areas of food and wellness, energy and climate, education and outreach, and land stewardship. Learn more.   

Fall Chapel Series Features Sustainability
The fall Chapel series "What we need is here: Living in Sustainable Communities" will draw from texts throughout Scripture and from the wisdom of various disciplines to engage in conversation about sustainable living in everything from the environment to our own schedules. See the Fall Chapel Schedule. 
Center for Sustainable Communities Welcomes Six New AmeriCorps and FoodCorps Members
Luther College's Center for Sustainable Communities welcomes six new AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members to help transform school environments across the Northeast Iowa region. This dedicated and diverse group of individuals comes from across the nation to volunteer for a year of service with one common goal: to help create a just and vibrant local food system and build active local communities. Learn more
Solar Tour
On September 12th professor Jim Martin-Schramm spoke to a delegation of Iowa state legislators at the Luther College solar array as part of their solar tour of Decorah and Dubuque. Dr. Martin-Schramm highlighted the importance of the Luther solar array to the Luther community in achieving the goal of managing campus energy costs while simultaneously reducing the college's carbon footprint.
The tour was organized by the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Iowa Environmental Council and the Iowa Policy Project.  Iowa Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque, State Senator Michael Breitbach of Strawberry Point, State Representative Roger Thomas of Elkader, State Representative Anesa Kajtazovic of Waterloo and State Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm of Cresco were all present. 
Upcoming Events
Sunday, Sept. 22 - Farm Crawl
1-5 pm
Tour local farms, and sample and purchase some tasty local food.  View More Info.
Sunday, Sept. 22 - John Ikerd Lecture
7 pm, Valders 206
John Ikerd will give the guest lecture "For Those Who Eat Food: Your Perishable Future."   View More Info
Oct. 3 - Søren Hermansen
7 pm, Olin 102
Søren Hermansen of Denmark will present on the energy self-sufficient island of Samsø, Denmark. View More Info
Oct. 11-14 - Real Food Rising Summit 
A full weekend of training, strategizing, and action among student leaders from colleges and universities around the country. 
View More Info 
Staff Spotlight
Stratis Giannakouros

Stratis joins Luther as Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities.  This new position combines coordination of sustainability initiatives on the Luther campus with teaching two courses for the Environmental Studies Program.
AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA is seeking a new member to promote food sovereignty in the Meskwake Nation Settlement and Tama County in east-central Iowa.  Learn more.
Free Training with Will Allen: The Women's Environmental Institute is looking for volunteers for a training session with Will Allen. Volunteer for a total of 16 hours and receive free tuition for the training! Learn more.
AmeriCorps Outreach: AmeriCorps is seeking qualified applicants for a 4-H Outreach Program Member for Community Garden and Health and Wellness Programming in Webster City, Iowa and the surrounding Hamilton County.  Learn more.
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