Center for Sustainable Communities
November 9, 2015
Partnership with Trex allows plastic film recycling program on campus
The Center for Sustainable Communities has partnered with Trex Composite Lumber and Fareway to recycle plastic film on campus. Plastic film includes all stretchable plastic packaging from grocery bags to bubble wrap. Trex has partnered with a number of companies across the nation to recycle plastic wrapping and convert it into LEED certified composite lumber. Should Luther collect 500 pounds of plastic film by April 2016, Trex will donate a bench made from recycled materials. Bread bags, produce bags, ziploc and newspaper bags can all go in the collection bins located in Baker Village Commons, Brunsdale Lounge, Farwell, Marty's, and the Sustainability Suite in Valders. For a complete list of recyclable materials and drop-off locations, please visit the recycling webpage.
Free winter bike storage available to all students and staff
To help promote the use of bicycles as an alternative form of transportation, the Center for Sustainable Communities will be offering free winter bike storage for all students and staff. Bicycles will be placed in secure, dry storage in the Ashmore-Jewell Barn (the red barn next to Baker Village.) The bikes will be locked together and placed in storage by college personnel. Students are asked to drop off their bikes Thursday, November 19th or Friday, November 20th from 3-6pm at the Ashmore-Jewell Barn. All bikes placed in storage must be registered. Students can register bikes when placing it in storage, or in advance through Luther's Sustainability bike transportation webpage. You will receive an e-mail notification of the exact days for bike retrieval in the spring.
2016 Immersion Trip leader application now available  
Do you love the out-of-doors? Would you like to enhance your leadership and outdoor skills? Become a leader for the 2016 Immersion Program! Applications are now being accepted for student leaders. The Immersion Program provides current Luther students with outdoor leadership training and experiences while giving incoming students a community-building wilderness orientation that enhances their personal development and transition to college life. The new student immersion experiences are designed to give incoming Luther students the opportunity to engage in experiential learning, reflect on the natural environment, and share in fellowship with one or more current Luther students and a Luther faculty or staff member. Applications are due December 1st. To apply, visit the Immersion Program website.
Staff and students attend AASHE National Conference in Minneapolis
On October 24-27th, Sustainability staff and students attended the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Center for Sustainable Communities Director Jon Jensen and Energy and Waste Fellow Sam Pollan attended the conference with students Elena Anderson '17, Meghan Barker '17, Liam Fraser '18, Kristina Johnson '18, Jessica Skjonsby '17 and Forrest Stewart '19. The team spent the weekend learning about new initiatives, networking, and working on ideas to make Luther a more sustainable place. Jon Jensen presented on "Regional Sustainability as Social Innovation" and Meghan Barker presented during the poster session on effective e-communication as part of a sustainability campaign. First year Forest Stewart said, "The Luther crew that attended has already had a few brainstorm sessions about what kind of stuff we think we can implement at Luther and I'm really excited to see what we'll be able to achieve in the next few months and years." Visit the AASHE website to learn more.  
Sustainability Tip
Looking for a ride home for upcoming breaks? Luther's Rideshare website is an easy way for students, faculty and staff to carpool when leaving campus. Whether you're looking for passengers, or looking for a ride, this program makes carpooling easy. Also, Luther's Shuttle Service can offer students rides to major cities in the area at the beginning and end of each break.   Check out the transportation webpage for more information and to make a shuttle reservation.
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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:
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, November 10th
Green Iowa Americorps- Sustainability Coursera 
6-7:30pm   NE Iowa Peace and Justice Center  
Friday, November 13th
Cooking Class: How to Make Stuffed Cabbage
noon-1pm   Valders 379  
Try your hand at making the Ukrainian version of stuffed cabbage. Stuffed with a mixture of rice, meat and vegetables and served warm, these may be the perfect dish to warm up those chilly fall evenings.  Registration for this class is required. Read more
Tuesday, November 17th
Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference
4-6pm   Peace Dining Room     
The poster session for the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference is open to students interested in public health or environmental health. Several universities from the Midwest will be represented at the poster session, with tables about their graduate programs.  Read more  
Wednesday, November 18th
Third Party Power Purchase Agreement Workshop for Non-taxable Entities
noon-4pm   Peace Dining Room 
Members of the Decorah community are invited to attend a workshop  that will explain how non-taxable entities can utilize third party power purchase agreements to enjoy the financial and environmental benefits of electricity generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Read more  
October 23rd-December 11th 
"Yellowstone and Yosemite", Pamela Schiffer  
Wigley-Fleming Gallery, CFA
Staff Spotlight

Jim Martin Schramm
Professor of Religion

Jim Martin-Schramm is Professor of Religion and coordinates the Energy and Climate Program for the Center for Sustainable Communities. He recently completed a term of service on the board of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and is currently chair of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light and the Winneshiek Energy District. He also serves as Secretary of Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC. Jim joined the Religion faculty of Luther College in 1993. Most of his research has focused on ethics and public policy. He is the author or co-author of four books including Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy (Fortress Press, 2010). He holds a doctorate in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Read more about Dr. Martin-Schramm here.  
J-term internship: Carpenter Nature Center
Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, Minnesota is seeking interns  for January term 2016. Internships provide students with hands-on experience in Environmental Education and Communications. Read more 
J-term internship: Sustainability in athletics at Grinnell 
Grinnell College is seeking an intern to focus on documenting and improving the sustainability efforts  of the Athletic Department and associated facilities in Grinnell, Iowa. Read more 
Iowa Community Heath AmeriCorps members
The Iowa Community Health AmeriCorps Program is recruiting AmeriCorps members to work on health and wellness related projects in communities across Iowa. Read more 
Farm Program Manager- Community Crops 
Community Crops in Lincoln, Nebraska is currently hiring a Farm Program Manager, who will be responsible for managing the Growing Farmers Training Program.  Read more 
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