Center for Sustainable Communities
March 9, 2015
Community Supported Agriculture Reimbursements offered again in 2015

Thanks to funding from the Health Care Council and Wellness Program, the Center for Sustainable Communities is able to bring back the Community Supported Agriculture Reimbursement Program for the 2015 season. Luther College faculty and staff are eligible for a 50% reimbursement (up to $100) on vegetable CSA shares. Gardeners (or aspiring gardeners) have the opportunity to subscribe to a garden membership, through which a combination of garden help and plants will be provided. Every CSA has a slightly different pick-up schedule, cost and quantity of produce, and the reimbursement program allows participants to pick which option works best for them. The sign up deadline is May 1st. For a complete list of options and more information, visit the CSA Reimbursement Program website 

Call for proposals: Community-based research projects and course development grants
The Center for Sustainable Communities and the Dean's Office invite proposals for community-based research projects, and the development of new or significantly revised courses that infuse sustainability into the Luther curriculum. The awards are available to support a variety of faculty-student projects, and range from $1000- $5000. Proposals are to be submitted to the Deans office no later than March 30th. For more details, visit the webpages for the Community-based Research Projects and Course Development Grants.
Food-based paintings displayed in the CFL Gallery

"Shelved," an exhibit of food-based paintings created by Matthew Drissell, will be on display March 6-April 18 in the Center for Faith and Life Gallery on the Luther College campus. Much of Drissell's work lately considers the nature of agriculture and sustainability. Drissell constructed the paintings in "Shelved" using processed treats, melted onto the canvas and fused together with industrial chemicals. These works are meant to both attract and revolt audiences, and explore the legacy of the industrial food system. Involved in a number of solo and group exhibitions, Drissell's works have been shown extensively around the Midwest and at the New York Academy of Art. For more information on the exhibit and Drissell's art, visit the website.   

Off-campus Summer Internship Opportunities
Looking for an off-campus job or internship this summer? The Center for Sustainable Communities keeps an updated list of new opportunities for students in a variety of fields related to sustainability, including food systems, environmental policy, and land stewardship. Make sure to check back regularly for new positions, and share opportunities with your friends! Visit the Off Campus Opportunities webpage to view listings and job details. An added bonus is that the Center is offering grants for sustainability-based internships. Learn more.
Environmental Studies Pre-College Program accepting applications
The Center for Sustainable Communities is 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 26th-Saturday, August 1st,. For more information and to apply, visit the Environmental Studies Pre-College Program website.
Sustainability Tip
With Spring Break around the corner, many people have fun trips or activities planned for the week! Whether you are having a stay-cation or traveling to someplace warmer, there are ways to minimize the impact of your plans! Make sure you unplug all of your electronics at home before you leave, use mass transit or alternative forms of transportation instead of renting a car, reuse hotel towels, and support local merchants at home and away! 
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
Thursday March 12th- Gardening Series: Seed Starting 101 
9;45-10:45 Valders 362
Join Jeff Scott of Driftless Gardens as he discusses how to grow your own plants from seed. Class is free and open to all, but registration is required. Read more and register here
Wednesday, April 8th- Sustainability Council 
4pm Mott Room
The Campus Sustainability Council is coming together for their second 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
Student Spotlight
Kristina Johnson '18

Kristina is a first year Environmental Studies student from Rochester, Minnesota. Kristina serves the Center in a variety of places, working  in the college gardens, coordinating the Cafeteria to Community program, and managing the Lutheran Restoring Creation website. Even as a first year student, Kristina knows that she wants to explore a future that combines her passion for the environment with her Christian beliefs. Kristina says she enjoys working for sustainability because of the community that is created. "I feel so blessed to have met the people that I have in working for sustainability. Whether it be the volunteers coming in for Caf to Community, or my fellow garden crew members, it has been so great to work with such a wonderful bunch of people!"
Sustainability Coordinator- Concordia College 

Concordia College in Moorhead, MN is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to serve as a key facilitator of sustainability-related activity on campus.  Read More 

Market Manager- Deforest Farmers Market 

The Farmers Market in Deforest, Wisconsin is seeking a manager to oversee the weekly market and daily organizational tasks.   Read More  

Food Justice Coordinator- Tikkun Ha-Ir 

Milwaukee area social service organization, Tikkun Ha-Ir is seeking a part-time coordinator for its fresh produce distribution program for people in need.   Read More   

Nutrition Educator and Community Outreach Member- Americorps 

Americorps Farm to School program is seeking two part time members to serve the local school district in Viroqua, Wisconsin.   Read More

Field Crew Member- University of Wisconsin, Madison 

The University of Wisconsin, Madison is seeking a Field Crew Member for assisting with research projects working to advance agroecological management of production systems. Read More  

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