Center for Sustainable Communities
October 7, 2013
UMACS Conference
The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) is holding its 5th regional conference at Luther on November 8th and 9th.  This conference is free for Luther Faculty, staff, and students and is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues from other schools and learn more about what is happening in sustainability around the region.   With panels and posters ranging from local foods and renewable energy to vermiculture and permaculture there's something for everyone to explore.  Learn more/Register
Res Life and Sustainability Partner to Offer Sustainability Programs to Luther Students
With the goal of making sustainability a part of every student's learning experience, Luther Resident Assistants are working with the Sustainability Office to plan creative programming that connects students with sustainability on campus and in the community. Student "Sustainability Educators" have been placed in first year halls to help facilitate sustainability experiences and education. This Fall dozens of floors are picking heirloom apples at Seed Savers Exchange, learning how to make whole food smoothies and having floor dinners made with food from the edible landscapes on central campus. Other program options include tours of renewable energy, local farms, off the grid homes and the Oneota Food Coop. RAs have the ability to apply for funds through the Sustainability Office to support creative sustainability programs. Learn more
Campus Sustainability Council
Luther's Campus Sustainability Council began meeting in 2008, following the adoption of a strategic plan that included significant goals related to sustainability on campus. The Council is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community members who come together monthly to discuss and implement sustainability-related policies and programs on campus. The Council is comprised of four task groups -- Land Use; Food, Purchasing, and Waste; Student Learning; and Energy and Water. The first Council meeting of the year took place on September 26th (meeting notes). The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 24 from 4-5 pm in the Mott Room of the Union. The campus community is invited and encouraged to attend all Council and Task Group meetings. 
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Farm to School Month
Luther is a core partner of the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and is actively involved with  school wellness work in 18 K-12 school districts in the region. Throughout October the focus is  to bring local foods education to schools for National Farm to School Month. Farm to School Month is part of a national effort to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origin of their food.  Throughout the month of October schools will focus on eating local foods as part of school lunches, along with conducting school-based activities to promote healthier eatingIn coordination with Luther, the six new AmeriCorps and Food Corps members will assist local schools throughout the month. Learn more    
Church Solar and Energy Efficiency Workshop
Luther College, in collaboration with the Winneshiek Energy District, is hosting a workshop for churches in Winneshiek County. The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 26th from 9-12 in Valders Hall of Science, Room 262. Come to learn about the ways your church can reduce energy costs and care for creation. Register in advance so we can be sure to provide enough coffee and pastries!  Learn more  
Upcoming Events
Wed, Oct.16 - Spring Rolls Class
12-1 pm, Valders 379
Learn the art of making spring rolls and the versatility they provide.  Learn more/Register
Saturday, Oct. 26 - Church Solar and Energy Efficiency Workshop
9 am-Noon, Valders 262
Come to learn about the ways your church can reduce energy costs and care for creation.
Thurs. Nov. 14- Rob Hogg Lecture
7 pm, Olin 102
Hogg will talk about the need for the U.S. to respond to climate change in his lecture "America's Climate Century."
Student Spotlight
Rachel Selvig '14
Anthropology, History

Rachel is a senior Sustainability worker from St. Michael, MN. This is Rachel's fourth year working for Sustainability. She primarily works with marketing, education and the website for Sustainability. Larger projects include the Sustainability Annual Report, the Sustainability Newsletter and the Annual Energy Competition. After graduation, Rachel plans on pursuing a career in foreign relations.
Wellspring Farm
Wellspring Farm, a non-profit farm, education and retreat center, is accepting applications for a farm manager to develop, organize, implement, and manage the activities of the Farm and CSA Program. Learn more 
Grass Run Farms
Grass Run Farms is looking for a farm operations manager to coordinate and execute grass-fed beef finishing and custom grazing operations.
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Food Access & Health Communication Intern 
The Iowa Food Systems Council's Food Access & Health Work Group (FAHWG) is seeking qualified applicants for an intern to assist in electronic communications. Learn more
AmeriCorps Farm to School Community Outreach Members
The AmeriCorps Farm to School Program is currently recruiting for two open Community Outreach Member positions. Learn more
NCAT Regional Director 
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking a full-time Midwest Regional Director to direct work in their Des Moines office.Learn more
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