Center for Sustainable Communities
October 12, 2015
Tools for energy efficiency make their way to the Center for Faith and Life, Dining Services
Since the beginning of the academic year, new technology has been implemented around on campus to help various aspects of Luther be more energy efficient. The Performing Arts Committee recently purchased LED spotlights for events held in the Center for Faith and Life. Director of Campus Programming Tanya Gertz said, "It is no secret in the arts world that venues like the enormous CFL space and the all the lighting and sound has a major energy draw.  This decision to go LED was not done by accident and also gives us great new resources for the facility." The entire LED lighting system can now be plugged in to one outlet.

In Dining Services, the purchase of a new steam heater has replaced a combi-oven in the kitchen. Rather than keeping food hot with an oven and steamer, the new machine runs off steam already produced for heating water. The combi oven was a 440V machine; the new steamer is a 110V plug-in that will provide electricity and water savings. Dining Services has been transitioning and moving completely away from the combi-ovens, and Director Wayne Tudor said, "These steam ovens make more sense long-term. Sometimes simpler is better."

The Center for Sustainable Communities applauds these departments for their commitment to energy efficiency and helping reduce Luther's energy use.
Lynch, Lewis win statewide conservation award
Luther College biology faculty Beth Lynch, associate professor, and Mary Lewis, professor emerita, were named winners of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation's 2015 Lawrence and Eula Hagie Heritage Award. The Hagie Heritage Award, endowed by the family of Lawrence and Eula Hagie, is given annually by INHF, a statewide conservation organization that protects and restores Iowa's land, water and wildlife. Both women are being honored for their extensive conservation efforts in and out of the classroom, specifically for their dedication to the removal of the invasive plant species, garlic mustard, from Decorah-area public spaces. To read more about Lynch and Lewis' contributions, visit the INHF News webpage.  
#SustainLuther: Student social media campaign to kick off after Fall Break
Following Fall Break, the Center for Sustainable Communities is kicking off a #SustainLuther Social Media campaign for students to participate in. Students can earn various prizes, including Klean Kanteen water bottles, reusable "To-Go" meal containers, stickers and buttons, by doing two things:
  1. Document a way that you are being sustainable in your every day life and posting it on the Sustainability Facebook page, tweeting at us, or tagging us in your Instagram photos. Make sure to include #SustainLuther!
  2. Sustainability project managers will be handing out coupons to people they see carrying out environmentally-conscious actions across campus... incorporate more sustainability in to your routine to increase your chances of getting a coupon!

This campaign will last from October 19th until November 25th. Contact Sam Pollan or Meghan Barker with any questions!  

Summer 2016 Paidea 450 course to teach sustainability in China
 A new Paideia 450 Study Away, Summer 2016, in Chengdu, China will offer an engaging range of opportunities to students interested in Environmental Studies or Sustainability. The course called "Dao, Mao, Now: Chinese Perspectives on Change" includes work on the attitudes toward and aesthetics of the non-human world and our place in it. The course will have site studies at temples and the holy mountain Emei Shan. The course also includes study of contemporary sustainability issues such as China's Giant Panda Research Base, developments to manufacturing, and shifts in cultural traditions such as tea farming and tea-house culture. To read more about the trip and to apply, visit the program page on the Center for Global Learning website.
Decorah's 2nd Annual Energy Extravaganza- October 24th, 26th
Have you been thinking about solar? Are there energy efficiency upgrades you've been considering for your home or businesses? Hear from home and business owners, see the technologies at work, and talk to contractors, installers, and professionals during the 2nd Annual Decorah Energy Extravaganza. The event will kick-off with a residential open house on Saturday, Oct 24. Highlights include 10 efficient and solar-powered homes open for visitors from 9-1 p.m.,  a tour of Luther's solar array (the largest array in Iowa!) at 9:00 a.m., and a Solar 'How-To' workshop at Luther (Valders 206) at 1:00 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public.

A business tour and workshop will take place on Monday, October 26 and include tours of three local businesses along with a discussion of business financials for solar installations. Pre-register by October 20. Tickets are $15.00 and include lunch; Winneshiek Energy District business members receive two free tickets. To learn more and to register, visit the Winneshiek Energy District event website.
Bike to Farm Potluck introduces students to the college farm
 On Saturday, October 3rd, students and staff from the Center for Sustainable Communities rode bikes to the Luther College Farm for a potluck dinner, a garden tour, and an evening of music and fellowship. Tours were led by work-study students who serve in the gardens, and Luther group Vera Bang and the Bad Pornstars performed for people who attended. The Center for Sustainable Communities thanks everyone who came, and looks forward to planning another Bike to the Farm event in the spring. Check out the Luther Sustainability Flickr account to see pictures from the evening.
Sustainability Tip
Is your food compostable? In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions. New infrastructure has been placed on campus to divert food waste from the landfill to the compost! Baker Village, Brandt Hall,  Dieseth and Miller (laundry rooms and kitchens), and Valders Hall of Science and Sampson Hoffland Laboratories now have receptacles to collect food waste. Not sure what can and can't be composted? Check out the composting webpage for more information!
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, October 15th
Community Conversation: Replacement site for Main cottonwood tree
10am   Valders 362  
Members of the campus community are invited to be part of an exciting conversation about the siting of a replacement cottonwood tree on the Luther campus. Read more 
Friday, October 16th
Cooking Class: How to Make Borscht
noon-1pm   Valders 379  
Fall is here, which means soup season has officially begun! Come find out how to make this wonderful Ukrainian dish made from beets. Registration for this class is required. Read more   
Tuesday, October 20th
Food, Purchasing and Waste Task Group meeting
3-4pm   Valders 374 
The Food, Purchasing and Waste Task Group is meeting to discuss initiatives related to Luther's local food and waste goals. All students and staff are welcome to attend. Read more  
Tuesday, October 20th
Energy and Water Task Group meeting
4-5pm   Valders 374 
The Energy and Water Task Group is meeting to discuss upcoming and ongoing projects related to reducing Luther's energy and water needs. All students and staff are invited to attend the meeting. Read more  
Saturday, October 24th, 26th 
2nd Annual Energy Extravaganza 
Location and times vary
Are there energy efficiency upgrades you've been considering for your home or businesses? Hear from home and business owners, see the technologies at work, and talk to contractors, installers, and professionals at this weekend-long event!  Read more  
Saturday, October 24th
Solar Field Tour 
9am   Solar Field (Pole Line Road)  
As part of the Winneshiek Energy District's Energy Extravaganza event, the Center for Sustainable Communities will be hosting a tour of Luther's solar array on Pole Line Road for students, staff and community members  Read more  
Staff  Spotlight
Sam Pollan
Energy and Waste Fellow

Sam Pollan is the Energy and Waste Fellow at Luther College. A recent graduate of Dickinson College, Sam works with students, faculty, and administration to reduce Luther's waste production and energy consumption. He has been recognized as a Baird Sustainability Fellow for his outstanding commitment to sustainability both on and beyond the Dickinson campus. Following his graduation, Sam participated in the EIT Climate-KIC: The Journey program to gain a better understanding of the intersection between climate change and entrepreneurship while studying in three European cities. Sam is looking forward to attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.  
The Winneshiek County Recycling Department has work study positions for students interested in recycling, public education, or IT. Read more 
Drake University is seeking Iowa Community Health AmeriCorps Program members to serve as  liaisons between a local community and the Healthiest State Initiative. Read more 
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