Center for Sustainable Communities
May 4th, 2015
Exploring the World and Finding Your Place: Chuck Stark to present on May 6th

Luther alumnus Chuck Stark will be giving a presentation on "Exploring the World and Finding our Place" on Wednesday, May 6th from 7:30-9 in Valders 206. Exploration defines much of Chuck Stark's life. His desire to explore began before his time at Luther, but he started to find direction during his four years here. After creating his own degree in Environmental Recreation, the past ten years have been filled with international travel, expanding his knowledge in Outdoor Education, and attaining various wilderness certifications. Outdoor activities and pursuits have been Chuck's way to understand the world and find his place in it, but he believes the idea of exploration should not be limited to an image of expeditions and climbing mountains. Exploration happens any time you ask a question like: "What is that?", "Why?", "Where do I want to go". Join Chuck as he shares some of the explorations he has taken since his time at Luther and discuss where it is you may want to go.  Read more about Chuck and his presentation on the event webpage

Donations to the Depot helps divert move-out waste
With the end of the academic year approaching quickly, the Donations to the Depot program has been introduced to help divert student move-out waste from the landfill. Students can donate unwanted items to the Depot Outlet to be resold, recycled, and to support the local community. Simply bring items to the drop off location in each resident hall and look for the Depot Outlet donation sign. More information will be provided by Residence Life and Residence Assistants as move-out approaches.
More panels to be added to Luther's solar array
Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities will partner again with Oneota Solar, LLC to install a 95-kilowatt solar array on the roof of the library, as well as 726 kW in the form of two ground-mounted arrays behind the existing solar field on Pole Line Road. Although the solar panels were approved by the Board of Regents in February, the project has been in the works since December of 2014. While projected to save Luther College more than $1 million over the 25-year warrantied life of the panels, the project will also benefit Luther's utility provider Alliant Energy and the greater Decorah community. With the new project, Luther's overall footprint is projected to be reduced 5-6%. Building of the arrays will begin this summer, and should be operational when students return in the fall. To read more about Luther's energy reduction plans, read the full Chips article, or visit the Renewable Energy webpage.
Students, faculty encouraged to register for 2015 UMACS Conference
Students and faculty are encouraged to register for and attend the 2015 Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability conference June 17-19 in Bemidji, Minnesota. During the conference, attendees will collaborate to elevate the conversation around integrating wellness and healthy lifestyles into sustainability. The Association is looking for ways to ensure that not only are  campuses and communities sustainable, but that the people within institutions are also developing healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Housing options are available for attendees, and other outdoor activities have been planned for the weekend. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Sustainability Office (  For more information and to register, visit the UMACS official website.
Student recycler work study positions available for Fall 2015
The Center for Sustainable Communities has work study positions open for the fall of 2015. This position is related to campus recycling, composting, document destruction and redeemable items as needed in order to be a more environmentally conscious campus. Team up with a fellow student and learn how Luther recycles through work study. You must have a valid driver's license to be eligible. Positions start September 2015. To apply, contact Stratis Giannakouros or (563) 387-1809.
Sustainability Tip
With days getting longer and the sun shining a little bit brighter, hit the switch and use natural light in your dorm room or house. Not only does it save energy, but studies show that exposure to natural light enhances the length and quality of sleep, and reduces stress and eyestrain. Make a habit of opening your shades and soaking up that Vitamin D!  
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, May 6th- Energy Treasure Hunt 
8pm Valders 374
Join Center for Sustainable Communities staff for a tour of campus to identify and learn about energy efficiency in this new weekly series. Read more
Wednesday, May 6th- Chuck Stark presentation 
7:30pm Valders 206
Luther graduate and professional outdoorsman Chuck Stark will be giving a presentation on "Exploring the World and Finding our Place".  Read more
Thursday, May 7th- Luther and Climate Change mini series 
9:45-10:45 Valders 367
The Center for Sustainable Communities is hosting a mini series discussing science, policy, technology, and the economics of climate change. Read more
Thursday, May 14th- Container Gardening 
9:45-10:45 Valders 362
David Cavagnaro of Pepperfield Project and Luther's own Perry Halse will discuss strategies of container gardening. Read more and register  here
Staff Spotlight
Jamie Stallman

Jamie has served as the Energy and Waste Fellow with the Center for Sustainable Communities this year. He manages the recycling program, assists in energy education around campus, and coordinates student run initiatives for environmental stewardship practices on campus. He graduated from Luther in May 2014 with degrees in Religion and Biology, and will be attending Yale University for a Masters of Arts in Religion in the fall of 2015. Jamie has been an integral part of the Center's team throughout his time at Luther, and he will be truly missed!

University of Northern Iowa's Local Food Program is looking to hire 4 AmeriCorps VISTA members to assist in developing three new food access/security initiatives. Read more 

NKU is seeking a Sustainability Manger to foster a campus wide culture of sustainability by developing a comprehensive sustainability strategy. Read more 

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