Center for Sustainable Communities
March 17, 2014
Solar Air Heating Workshop
On Saturday, March 29th, James Dontje, Director of Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation at Gustavus Adolphus College will explain how solar air heaters can reduce propane and natural gas bills and demonstrate how a solar air heater can be built with readily available materials.  The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, go to the sustainability website.
Discovery Camp Registration Open
Discovery Camps are week-long summer environmental education programs providing hands-on learning experiences in the outdoors! Pre-Kindergardeners to 9th graders are invited to learn about nature crafts, animal behavior, wilderness awareness, wilderness camping and survival, woodland, wetland and prairie ecology and alternative energy. For more information about individual camps, dates, or to register, visit the Discovery Camps webpage.
Energy Competition results
From February 24th-March 17th, Luther students participated in the annual Energy Competition. Prizes were awarded in two categories: 1) Hall with the greatest reduction in electricity consumption throughout the competition and 2) First Year Hall with the most students reached through energy audits. We are pleased to announce that Baker Village won the electricity reduction portion of the competition with a 6.53% reduction. Olson Hall won the audit portion of the competition, with 34 individuals (43% of first year residents) being audited. The competition may be over, but all members of the campus community are encouraged to consider ways of being good stewards of our energy resources every day. For more information about energy audits and prizes, visit the Energy Competition Website.  
Sustainability Grant Fund now accepting submissions

The Sustainability Grant Fund provides support to students, staff, and faculty seeking to implement ideas that promote economic, environmental and social sustainability on campus. Proposals are discussed by a student review committee, which makes recommendations to the Campus Sustainability Council for final review and approval. Previously funded projects include the bike fix-it station by the Library, the Caf to Community program, a garden project carried out by a German class, and many more. More information and a downloadable application can be found here.

Graduation Pledge 2014

The graduation pledge is a pledge of social and environmental responsibility that graduating seniors can sign to say that they will be socially and environmentally responsible in their future jobs. The pledge reads "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work" and was started by Bentley University and has since has grown into the Graduation Pledge Alliance. More information about the pledge, its history and participating schools can be found at Graduating seniors who are interested in signing the pledge can visit the Sustainability website.

J-term 2015 provides opportunity for students to dive into environmental issues in a global context
The Center for Global Learning has released its course offerings for January Term 2015, many of which focus on the environment and conservation studies.  Courses include:
  • Science 139: Environmental Implications of Eco-Adventure Growth in Central America (Belize) 
  • Environmental Studies 239: The Economics of Environmental Issues in the Pacific Northwest (Holden Village, Washington)
  • Biology 245: Ecology of Ecuador
  • Paideia 450: The Impacts of Mining and Tourism on Indigenous Peoples and Environment of Northern Chile
  • Paideia 450: Green Germany and Norway: Advanced Models of Sustainability
For a full list of j-term 2015 offerings, visit the Center for Global Learning website.
New Leaders Initiative looking to award Goddard Prize to students in the Midwest
The New Leaders Initiative has recently received  funding to honor John Goddard, an ambitious adventure seeker and environmental conservation champion who passed in May of 2013. The Goddard Prize will be awarded several times a year to enterprising young people who are pursuing environmental ideas and projects and who are looking for funding to bring their ideas to the next level. Awards will range between $500-$2500. For more information about eligibility and the application process, click here.  
Sustainability Tip
Every year, Americans drink more than 100 billion cups of coffee; of those, 14.4 billion are served in disposable paper cups. Next time you stop by your favorite coffee shop in town or on campus, bring your own travel mug! Some places even offer a small discount on your purchase for being more environmentally friendly- you just have to ask!  
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
Friday, March 21st:
Energy and Water Task Group Meeting 
8-9am, Valders 374
Saturday, March 29th:
Solar Air Heating Workshop 
10am-12:30pm, Storre Theater
Learn how the sun and a trip to the lumberyard can save you money on your heating bill by building your own solar air heater. Learn more.
Student Spotlight
Jack Rosenwinkel '16

Jack Rosenwinkle is a sophomore studying Environmental Policy and Business Management, and serves as a student recycler on campus. He is involved with choir and the ultimate frisbee team. In his free time he loves to spend time outside exploring the Decorah area. "I really enjoy being a student recycler because I realize that the work I do reduces the waste of our school and helps to create a more sustainable community. As a recycler you grow an appreciation for the work and coordination that is required for the college to function and make further steps to being more environmentally friendly. The work is not always easy but it is always satisfying." Click here to read more student recycler biographies.
Common Market Local Food Operations Fellow 
Common Market is announcing a two- year, full time position for an individual to perform tasks critical to the organization's continued growth. Located in Philadelphia, PA, this position is ideal for an emerging professional looking to launch his or her career in creating a stronger regional food system. Read more.

Local Thyme Assistant 
Local Thyme, a seasonal menu planning service based in Madison, WI, is seeking a detail oriented assistant to help populate the website with recipes and post weekly meal plans to members. Read more.

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