Center for Sustainable Communities
February 23, 2015
Sustainability House applications due February 25th

Applications to live in the Luther College Sustainability House for the 2015-2016 academic year are due to the Residence Life office at noon on February 25th. The Luther College Sustainability House is a two-story home located in a residential neighborhood within walking distance from campus. The Sustainability House is a co-ed living-learning environment where ten students reside in single, double, triple and quad-occupancy rooms and share a dedication to an environmentally, socially, and fiscally sustainable lifestyle. To learn more, visit the Sustainability House webpage.  

Luther to host Oneota Film Festival 
Luther College is hosting the 6th annual Oneota Film Festival from March 6-8th. Several nationally and internationally acclaimed sustainability-themed films will be featured. Movie titles shown throughout the weekend include "Cave Digger," "Nobody's River", "School's Out", " The 4th R: the aRt of Education", and many more. Admission is free and the majority of films are shown on campus. For a complete list and schedule of the weekend, visit the Oneota Film Festival website. We hope to see you there!
UHaulCareShare provides alternative form of transportation

Over four years ago Luther partnered with UHaulCarShare to offer a car sharing program on the Luther College campus. This partnership continues to be key to reducing the number of cars brought to campus, introducing sustainable transportation and providing a cost-effective alternative to car ownership.

Luther College students, faculty, and staff, along with Decorah community members, can check out self-service cars by the hour or day. Gas, maintenance/roadside assistance, insurance and parking are all included in the membership fee and usage rates.  Use UhaulCarShare for errands, shuttling friends to the airport, shopping, or quick road trips anytime of the day or night.A special promotion is being held where anyone can get $25 in FREE driving when you join for $25 using the promotional code "ucartable". To get more information or to reserve a vehicle, check out the UhaulCarShare website.
Discovery Camp registration opens March 1st

Registration for  Summer 2015 Discovery Camps will be made available to the public starting on March 1st. Discovery Camps  are week-long environmental education programs providing hands-on learning experiences in the out-of-doors that are fun and engaging. Students pre-kindergarden through 9th grade are invited to learn about woodland, wetland and prairie ecology, wilderness camping and survival, nature crafts,alternative energy, animal behavior, wilderness awareness and much, much more! For a complete list of session offerings and dates, visit the Discovery Camp website.  

Events planned to celebrate Aldo Leopold Week March 1-7

In celebration of Aldo Leopold Week, Winneshiek County Conservation and the Center for Sustainable Communities will host a public conversation, "Aldo Leopold and Conservation in Iowa Today," on Sunday, March 1 at 7:00 pm in Room 206 in Valders Hall of Science . The event is open to all with no charge for admission. It will include clips from the biographical film "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time" and readings from Leopold's seminal work, A Sand County Almanac. Following the Leopold features, event organizers will share information on some of the conservation challenges facing Iowa today, the success of local conservation projects, and new developments in the work toward conserving our natural resources statewide.To read more about events planned and Leopold's work, visit the website.  

Summer Sustainability Internships

There are several opportunities for current Luther students to work in sustainability-related fields at Luther over the summer.  The Center for Sustainable Communities is offering engaging internships in areas related to land stewardship, sustainable foods, urban gardening,  greening churches, recycling, and more! For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit the  Summer Sustainability Internship website. Applications are due March 2nd.

Sustainability Tip
Different environmental sustainability groups have released apps to help track your personal footprint. Our new favorite is JouleBug, which allows you to note the everyday actions you take to be more sustainable. As you record your sustainable achievements, you get points and can compete with friends who also use JouleBug. Check out the details and download the app here.   
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, February 25th- Taylor Brorby- "Drill Baby Drill: North Dakota's Oil Boom and Iowa's Future" 
7pm Valders 206
Taylor Brorby of Ames, Iowa will be presenting his first anthology of creative writing and poems on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  Read more
Sunday, March 1st- "Aldo Leopold and Conservation in Iowa Today" 
7pm Valders 206
In celebration of Aldo Leopold Week, Winneshiek County Conservation and the Center for Sustainable Communities will host a public conversation to discuss Leopold's work.   Read more
Tuesday, March 3rd- Sustainability Council meeting 
4pm Mott Room
The Campus Sustainability Council is coming together for their first meeting this semester to discuss new policies and to hear from different task groups. Members of the campus community are welcome to attend. Read more
Friday, March 6th- Sunday, March 8th- Oneota Film Festival 
locations and times vary
Luther College is hosting the 6th annual Oneota Film Festival. Throughout the weekend, the festival will show nationally and international acclaimed sustainability-themed films.  Read more
Staff Spotlight
Nick Fisher
Food and Farm Fellow

Nick is the current Food and Farm Fellow for the Center for Sustainable Communities. Nick graduated from Luther in 2012 as a Biology major with Environmental Studies/Spanish minors. During his time at Luther, Nick served as President to the college's Food Council and worked with the Luther Gardens program. After graduating from Luther, Nick spent 27 months serving for the Peace Corps in the Republic of Paraguay. As an agriculture volunteer, Nick taught sustainable agriculture practices to farmers, founded a cooperative, and worked to bring running water to his community.
Global Warming Solutions Policy Coordinator - Fresh Energy 

Fresh Energy in St. Paul, MN is seeking an individual to provide substantial administrative, planning, logistical, and other similar support and project execution related to work on climate policy and carbon reduction.  Read More   

Americorp Prairie Specialist - Iowa Department of Natural Resources 

 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking an Americorp Prairie specialist to contribute to projects related to prairie conservation.  

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Public Health Science Research Volunteer- Restoring Eden 

Public health volunteer research data gatherers are needed to go door to door in largely Hispanic communities in South Chicago living across the railroad tracks from toxic piles of petcoke during Spring Break.  Read More  

Executive Director- Sweet Water 

Sweet Water, Southern Wisconsin's Watershed Trust, is seeking an Executive Director who seamlessly integrates his or her passion with sound strategy to engage key partners in improving water conditions in the area. Read More  

Driftless Area Ambassadors Program Coordinator- Drifltess Area Wetlands Centre 

The Driftless Area Wetlands Centre is seeking an intern to be in charge of the Driftless Area Ambassadors Program out of Marquette, Iowa. Read More   

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