Center for Sustainable Communities
August 17th, 2015
Upcoming Immersion Trips
The New Student Immersion Experiences are designed to give new Luther students the opportunity to engage in experiential learning, reflect on the natural environment, and share in fellowship with current Luther students, as they enhance their personal development and transition to college life. Trips include Paddling the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, Canoeing the Upper Iowa River, Bicycling Adventure, Local Foods Tour, and Driftless Adventure. 
Klean Kanteens for Incoming Students
The Center for Sustainable Communities will be providing stainless steel Klean Kanteen water bottles to the first 200 first year students to stop by our office at the beginning of the semester during designated pick-up times. Students will be asked to sign a sustainability pledge in which they can select actions they want to commit to taking during their time at Luther. Information about the exact time and location of water bottle distribution will be promoted to first year students as school approaches. 
New Staff Sustainability Orientation
Starting this month, the Center for Sustainable Communities will be offering a sustainability orientation to all new Luther College staff. The orientation will take place the third Wednesday of each month in Valders 374. All participants will be introduced to the most significant accomplishments and future goals of sustainability at Luther. New employees will leave outfitted with everything from stainless steel coffee mugs and water bottles to tiny trashes and reusable to-go containers as a way to welcome them into the culture of sustainability in this place.
Sustainability Tip
Unplug your electronics when you are not using them. Many electronic devices still consume energy even when they are turned off and not in use. An easy way to do this is to plug multiple items into a power strip/surge protector and then turn the entire thing off when you leave a room. 
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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:  www.luther.edu/sustainability.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, September 17
Growing Grapes
9:45-10:45 am 
Think grapes and Iowa don't mix? Think again. Join David Cavagnaro for a conversation about growing grapes in this region. David has successfully grown grapes at his farm north of Decorah for years and will share with you some of his best tips and tricks. He will provide recommendations on varieties that do well in your midwestern home garden. 
Saturday, August 22- Friday, August 29
Immersion Trips for First Year Students
Trips include:
  • Paddling the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota
  • Canoeing the Upper Iowa River
  • Bicycling Adventure
  • Local Foods Tour
  • Driftless Adventure
Spotlight
Ashley Dress
Food & Farm Fellow













Ashley Dress has served with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative as a FoodCorps service member for the past two years and will be finishing up this year as the Food and Farm Fellow. A midwesterner at heart, Ashley has lived most of her life in Indiana and Illinois. She graduated from Indiana University in 2008 with a BA in Journalism. She taught English near Seoul in South Korea after graduation, returned home for two months, and then was off to serve as a Teacher Collaborator and Community Outreach Volunteer for Peace Corps Thailand. Her father, who had cancer, became considerably more ill while she was in Thailand. She returned home to care for him and started researching the healing power of foods. This interest, born out of necessity, grew into a full-blown passion to help create a healthy, sustainable food system of which everyone can be a part. She's looking forward to working alongside students this year to bring healthy and beautiful vegetables to Luther's dining facilities.
Jobs/Opportunities
Farm to School Program Coordinator- Internship Position
NuGenesis, in collaboration with Lake Country Agriculture & Nutrition Alliance, seeks an outgoing and organized Farm to School Program Coordinator. Read more 
AmeriCorps VISTA position in Community Food Systems at Dane County UW Extension
Dane County UW-Extension is recruiting for a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position to work within their community food system to assist with community gardens, food policy, and programming to increase access to healthy foods for people living in poverty. Read more
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