Center for Sustainable Communities
April 22, 2014
Controlled burns begin in Anderson Prairie
On Friday, April 11th, the Luther College burn crew began the spring prescribed fire season. Led by Dr. Kirk Larsen and Dr. Molly McNicoll, 14 student volunteers applied fire to two plots (approximately two acres) of the oak woodland area on the edge of Anderson Prairie and Hickory Ridge Woods, and behind the green water tower. Dr. Larsen and Dr. McNicoll are planning four to five more burns in the next couple weeks.

Fire has been used in the spring for most of Luther's prairies and this year there are plans to experiment with burning the underbrush of some oak woodlands in the fall.  Luther's prairie and oak savanna were established in 2005 with the goal of helping reduce soil erosion during flood events and providing recreational and aesthetic benefits to the Decorah community.  As part of the Land Stewardship Plan "to fulfill our responsibility as land stewards by sustaining and restoring the ecological communities placed in our care," the burns stimulate the beneficial effects that natural grass fires and grazing has on native prairies. To learn more about Luther College's natural areas, go to the biology website.  
Environmental Education students to lead Discovery Day on April 26th
Join the Luther College Environmental Education class for a fun-filled Saturday morning adventure on April 26th. Children in the community are invited to participate in three workshops focused on the natural world through exploration, games, art, and more! The event is open to kindergarten-6th graders. If interested, please pre-register on the Discovery Day website
Luther to join the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge
The Sustainability Council and College Cabinet have approved Luther's participation in the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, which encourages participants to reduce food waste by 5% over the course of a year. The college will use current data to conduct a baseline audit of food waste and a student worker will track and enter data from dining services waste sheets on a weekly basis throughout the year. Goals include increasing donations through the Cafeteria to Community Program and reducing waste through increased attention to source reduction.
Graduation Pledge 2014
Graduating seniors are invited to take the following pledge regarding social and environmental responsibility: 
"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." The pledge was developed at 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  interested in signing the pledge can do so by visiting the Sustainability website.
Sustainability Tip
Are you up to date on how and where to print double sided on campus? Luther currently has six double sided printers around campus, including in the library, both Valders computer labs, the Student Organizational Suite in the Union, Jenson, and Brandt.  Printing double sided saves paper and energy.  Simply choose the double sided printer option from the print screen! 
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, April 25th: Energy and Water Task Group Meeting 
8-9am, Valders 374
Wednesday April 30:
Cooking Class- Spring Rolls 
12-1pm, Valders 379
Learn the art of making spring rolls, perfect for light, healthy and fresh summer dining! Generous samples will be provided during the class. Read more and register
Friday, May 2:  Food, Purchasing and Waste Task Group Meeting 
3-4pm, Sampson-Hoffland 232
Student Spotlight
Callie Mabry '14 

Callie Mabry is a senior from Fort Collins, Colorado studying Environmental Studies and History. In 2013, Callie was awarded the Udall Award for her  commitment to a career in the environment,  leadership potential, academic achie-vement, and record of public service. This year, Callie has been very active in campus recycling, as she co-led a project in first year residence halls to increase recycling and reduce waste. Callie also serves as head of Luther's Food Council and is a cellist in the Luther College Philharmonia. After graduation, Callie will join the Lutheran Volunteer Corp in Chicago working as the Congregational Outreach Support Person with Faith and Place, an organization that works with religious communities on environmental stewardship. 
Good Earth Village Summer Camp Positions 
Good Earth Village is an ELCA summer camp near Spring Valley, MN in need of staffers to lead summer programs, including day camps, overnight camps, and off-site outdoor adventure and servant programs. Read more
ISU Extension and Outreach- Regional Youth and Nutrition Coordinator
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is currently accepting applications for an individual to work on projects relating to food and nutrition education in Northeast Iowa. Read more
Lake Valley Camp- Garden Senior Program Counselor  
Lake Valley Camp, a non-profit serving youth ages 7-17 from under served neighborhoods in Milwaukee, WI, is seeking a Garden Program Senior Counselor to assist in the implementation of our Garden and Food Education Program. Read more

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