Center for Sustainable Communities
January 18, 2016
Pollan reports back on experiences at COP21 Paris Climate Conference
At the end of November, Cargill Energy and Waste Fellow Sam Pollan attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France. In an effort to learn about this year's negotiations and share upon his return to the United States, Pollan sat in on Zero Waste and Intergenerational Equity task force meetings and attended news briefings. In light of the terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris shortly before the conference, many climate activists were worried that the climate talks would devolve into a conversation only about security, but Pollan states that in fact, "it drove the conversations further." The high profile attack created a connection between national security and climate change and helped push negotiators to action. Sam is enthusiastic about the agreement as it calls for positive action to reduce the effects of climate change and paves the way for a bottom up movement. It also encourages nation states and communities to go above and beyond to prove what can be done in regards to climate change. Read more about the final outcome of the Conference and Sam's experience on the What's Currently Happening blog.
January Term trips allow students to study environment, sustainability around the world
At the beginning of January, many Luther students set off for their three week trips around the world, many of which focus on the environment and sustainability. Courses include: Ecology of the Southwest (Arizona), Environmental Policy in the Pacific Northwest (Washington), Environmental Implications of Eco-Adventure Growth in Central America (Belize), and People and Parks: Pastoralism and Conservation in East Africa (Tanzania). First year students staying on campus also have the opportunity to explore sustainability through seminar classes such as "Mining the Earth," "The Culture of Capitalism," and "Eco-media." To read off-campus J-term blogs, click here.
Immersion Program trip locations announced
Each year, The Center for Sustainable Communities partners with the Admissions Office to provide week-long, outdoor Immersion Trips to incoming first-year students. The trips offer new 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. This year, trips include paddling the Boundary Waters, kayaking and hiking in the Yellow River State Forest, and climbing and backpacking at Devil's Lake State Park. This fall, the programs will take place during the week immediately preceding new student orientation from Saturday, August 20 - Saturday, August 27. Registration is on a rolling basis for deposited incoming students. Information about each trip is now available on the website
Discovery Camp details released for Summer 2016
Get a leg up on planning your summer! Discovery Camp dates and camp descriptions are now available. Each camp is a week-long environmental education program providing hands-on learning experiences in the out-of-doors full of fun and discoveries, for pre-kindergartners to students entering grade 9! Each summer provides new and diverse opportunities. Upcoming classes include woodland, wetland and prairie ecology, wilderness camping and survival, alternative energy, animal behavior, nature crafts, wilderness awareness and much more! A new partnership with Winneshiek County Conservation will expand diverse learning experiences that are guaranteed fun and educational for all. Registration opens March 1st. Read more about Discovery Camps and see the class line up on the Discovery Camp website.
Sustainability Tip
Americans throw away 25 billion styrofoam cups each year. Keep disposable coffee cups out of the landfill by bringing your own travel mug! Bringing your own mug will also keep your drink warmer longer, and added bonus during these cold winter months. Receive a discount for using your reusable mug for coffee at Oneota Market!
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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
Saturday,  January 23
Shopping Shuttle
11-12:30 pm  Student Organizational Suite
Thursday,  January 28
Shopping Shuttle
11-12:30 pm  Student Organizational Suite
Saturday,  February 6
Shopping Shuttle
11-12:30 pm  Student Organizational Suite
Wednesday, February 10th
Food, Purchasing, and Waste Task Group meeting
3-4pm   Valders 374 
Student Spotlight
Jack Rosenwinkel '16

Jack Rosenwinkel, an environmental studies major, is one of Luther's Zero Waste Coordinators. As part of this job, Jack has been part of performing waste audits, initiating a plastic film recycling program, and increasing waste awareness. He has also worked for the Center as a recycler and gardener. Jack says, "my work coordinating waste projects on campus has broadened my understanding of the intricacies of implementing solutions for environmental problems. I've learned that growing strong connections with community members is of vital importance to working towards change in habit and ideology. Making these connections with different groups on campus has been my favorite part of working with the sustainability department!"
Winneshiek Energy District seeking Farm Energy Program Coordinator
Winneshiek Energy District, a non-profit organization supporting local energy production has an opening for a three-quarters to full-time Farm Energy Program Coordinator. Based in Decorah, the Coordinator leads day-to-day implementation of the full-scope agricultural energy planning program. Read more
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