Center for Sustainable Communities
October 28, 2013
President's House Goes Solar
A 5.3 kW solar photovoltaic system was installed on the roof of the President's house in August, 2013. The $16,000 system  was paid for entirely by donations from faculty, staff, and friends of the college as a fitting way to thank President and Mrs. Torgerson for their leadership of Luther College and their commitment to environmental sustainability over the past 14 years. The  system was designed by Go Solar in Decorah and qualified for a rebate from Alliant Energy.
Green Roof Installation
A Green Roof was installed on the link between Sampson-Hoffland laboratories and Valders Hall of Science on October 15th. The roof was initially designed to withstand the additional weight of a green roof. A special thanks to the facilities staff and student workers who spent a chilly afternoon installing green roof modules!

Green roofs help improve the visual appeal and biodiversity of a building while reducing roof temperatures, absorbing rainwater, providing insulation from the elements and noise pollution, reducing the environmental impact of the structure, and creating habitat for native flora and fauna.
UMACS Conference
Luther is hosting the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference on November 8-9.  Registration is free for Luther faculty, staff and students. Conference Schedule and
The Sustainability Office is currently seeking Luther students to host students from other colleges and universities. In appreciation, hosts are offered the opportunity to vote for how they would like to be thanked via the sign-up form. Sign up to host!  
German Students Tour Wind Turbine
On October 11, students from Ruth Kath's German 201 course toured Luther's wind turbine. To prepare for their trip, students built model turbines and calculated wind speed and direction, all in German.  

Professor Kath has been incorporating renewable energy topics into her German classes for years. This is the fourth time Kath has taken 201-level students to visit the turbine, and in semesters with bigger classes, Kath's students have built solar cars and done experiments with water to explore alternative energy options while applying German language skills at the same time. 
Luther Presenters at AASHE Conference
On Oct. 6-9, 2013, three Luther students and four faculty/staff attended the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The Annual AASHE Conference is the largest campus sustainability conference in North America. Attendees from around the world share innovations, activities, frameworks, learning outcomes, tools, strategies, research, theory and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability in higher education. 
Luther student presenters included Ellen Badger '16, Jesus Lucero '15, and Jamie Stallman '14. Luther faculty presenters included Jon Jenson, Craig Mosher, and Ruth Kath. Read more about the presentation topics. 
Upcoming Events
Thurs. Oct. 31: Food, Purchasing, and Waste Task Group meeting
4:05pm, Valders 374
Open to the public. This task group makes and implements plans regarding food, purchasing, and waste on campus.  Read more.
Nov. 8-9: UMACS Conference
Luther College Campus
The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability conference will be hosted by Luther College this year.  Registration is free for Luther students, faculty and staff.  Read more/Register
Faculty Spotlight
Jim Martin-Schramm
Professor of Religion

Jim Martin-Schramm joined the Religion faculty of Luther College in 1993. In addition to being a professor,  Martin-Schramm coordinates the Energy and Climate Program for the Center for Sustainable Communities. He recently completed a term of service on the board of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and is currently chair of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light and the Winneshiek Energy District. He also serves as Secretary of Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC. Read more.
University of Illinois Extension
The University of Illinois seeks Extension Educators, Agriculture and Natural Resources in both agriculture and small farms, and horticulture.  Read more.  
ISU Extension & Outreach
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hiring a Regional Extension Education Director for Region 4 and 6 (Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties). The Director is a leader of elected bodies within the area regarding food systems, healthy lifestyles, youth development, and much more. Read more. 
USDA Farm to School Coordinator
The USDA is seeking qualified candidates to coordinate the Farm to School program in locations around the country. The coordinator applies for grants and provides training and technical assistance to area residents. Read more.

connect logo
Stay Connected

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our photos on flickr    View our videos on YouTube