Center for Sustainable Communities
March 3, 2014
Summer pre-college program to bring innovative high school students to Luther
The Center for Sustainable Communities is now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Pre-College Environmental Studies Program! The Pre-College Environmental Studies program is a week-long residential program for innovative high school students with a passion for the environment and an interest in creative problem solving. Meet and explore with others in this field-based program, designed to immerse students in a cooperative setting while discovering current environmental and social issues through outdoor-field experience and project-based research. This summer's program takes place from Sunday, July 27th- Saturday, August 2nd. Learn more
 Larry L. Rasmussen to lecture on "Vocation and Sustainability" March 7th
On Friday, March 7th, guest lecturer Larry L. Rasmussen will be presenting on the topic of "Vocation and Sustainability" in the Center for Faith and Life's Recital Hall at 7pm. Dr. Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. His volume, EARTH COMMUNITY, EARTH ETHICS (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1996), won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion of 1997. He served as a member of the Science, Ethics, and Religion Advisory Committee of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and was a recipient of a Henry Luce Fellowship in Theology, as well as many other prestigious awards.  Currently, Dr. Rasmussen lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and works with his wife as the Santa Fe County Master Gardeners. Read more about Dr. Rasmussen here

NOTE: Although the Interreligious Reflection on Vocation and Sustainability has been cancelled, Dr. Rasmussen's lecture will still be taking place.   
Energy Competition 2014! 
February 24th-March 17th, Luther students will be participating in the Annual Energy Competition. Campus-wide prizes are geared to increase awareness of energy consumption and encourage sustainable behavior change among students. Students can check the Energy Competition easel in the Union for updates throughout the Competition. For more information about energy audits and prizes, visit the Energy Competition Website.  
Summer Sustainability Internships
The Center for Sustainable Communities is still accepting applications for summer internship in areas related to land stewardship, sustainable foods, urban gardening,  greening churches, and recycling. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit the Summer Sustainability Internship website. Applications are due **March 3rd**. 
Sustainability Tip
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This newsletter is provided by the Center for Sustainable Communities, which coordinates all sustainability initiatives at Luther College.  The mission of the Center is to promote sustainability and be a catalyst for change on campus and in the region.  For more information on sustainability initiatives at Luther and the outreach work of the Center for Sustainable Communities, please visit:
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 5:
Gluten Free- It's What's For Dinner 
12-1 pm, Valders 379
Learn about finding lunch and dinner options that are both gluten free and tasty with Johanna Bergen from the Co-op! Faculty, staff and students can sign up here.
Wednesday, March 13:
Make Your Own Greek Yogurt  
9:45-10:45 am, Valders 379
Come join Professor Brooke Shields as she teaches how to make your own Greek yogurt in a crock pot and an oven. Faculty, staff and students can sign up here.
Friday, March 14th:
Food, Purchasing and Waste Task Group Meeting 
3-4pm, SHL 232
Monday, March 17th:
Garden Series: The Wonderful World of Transplants and Seeds 
12:15-1:15pm, River Root Farm
Luther alums Mike Bollinger and Katie Prochaska will teach about transplants and growing vegetables at home. View details and register here.
Feb. 24-March 17: Annual Energy Competition
Faculty Spotlight
Molly McNicoll Assistant Professor of Biology

Molly McNicoll works in the Biology Department as an Assistant professor, teaching introductory level courses in  Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution, as well as courses in Restoration and Conservation Biology, and a J-term study abroad course, Ecology of Ecuador. Although Dr. McNicoll's background is in traditional ecological study, she also serves Luther as the Natural Areas Land Manager, and works with students, faculty, and staff to care for our woodlands, prairies, and other habitats. Dr. McNicoll says the best part about her job as the Natural Areas Land Manager is that "I get to 'geek out' identifying new plants and playing with statistics." Read more about Dr. McNicoll's research and responsibilities here.
DATCP Local Food Specialist 
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) is looking for an individual to perform planning, market development, research, sales, and program administration work related to the expansion of markets for Wisconsin's agricultural products on a local, regional, and national level. Learn more.
Community GroundWorks Internships 
Community GroundWorks has internships available in organic agriculture, natural areas restoration, and environmental education.  They offer both paid and volunteer internships at Troy Gardens and at our other sites in Madison.   Learn more.
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