Center for Sustainable Communities
February 8, 2016
Luther to Host Sustainability Leadership Institute
The Center for Sustainable Communities invites student leaders from across the Midwest to the Sustainability Leadership Institute on April 8-9, 2016. The workshop is an opportunity for students to share lessons learned and hone skills to create resilient green campuses. Attendees will participate in skill-building sessions, connect with students from other campuses, and build momentum for sustainability work at their schools. Eric Larsen, climate leader and adventurer, will present the keynote on Friday evening and is sure to inspire and entertain! There is no cost to attend, and lodging and meals during the workshop are included. Find out more about the Institute and register on our website.
Weigh the Waste Tracks Cafeteria Waste Stream 
The Center for Sustainable Communities spent four days weighing food waste generated during lunch in the cafeteria as part of the first-ever Weigh the Waste event. The study was conducted to better understand what is being sent from the cafeteria to the landfill as well as to look for ways to reduce the amount of food wasted and promote better composting habits. In all, Sustainability collected scraps from over eight hundred student plates, engaging with more than two hundred students each day. On average, each plate had 0.2 pounds of waste. Though this number seems small, the cafeteria serves over 3,200 meals per day and the numbers add up quickly. Sustainability and Dining Services are working together to reduce the amount of food waste. Read more about the results on our website.
Cafeteria to Community Seeks volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the Cafeteria to Community program for the spring semester. On Sunday and Wednesday evenings, volunteers, with the assistance of student coordinators, package excess food from the Luther Cafeteria into individual quart-sized containers. Food is frozen overnight and delivered to the First Lutheran Food Pantry in Decorah the following day. Since the program's inception in the fall of 2013, over 21,000 pounds of food have been diverted from Luther's waste stream and given to local people in need. More information about the program as well as a link to sign up to volunteer can be found on our website.
Seed Savers Exchange Seed Library Available to Students, Faculty, Staff
The Robert Becker Memorial Library is located at Heritage Farm, home to Seed Savers Exchange. This collection of approximately 6,000 volumes on topics such as agriculture, horticulture, and biodiversity is available to Luther students, faculty, and staff. Genres included in the collection range from technical information to literary works, and the materials tend to focus on preservation of heirloom garden and orchard varieties, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation, among others. The library offers many reference services including personal research time for members of the Exchange, borrowing, interlibrary loan, and an online library catalog. To learn more about this resource, visit the Seed Savers webpage.
Sustainability Tip
Looking for office supplies for the beginning of the semester? Have extra notebooks and folders from cleaning your desk for the spring? The Office Supply Reuse Closet is the answer! Visit Valders 364 to drop off or pick up lightly used office supplies. Stop by often, as inventory changes regularly.
Questions or comments?
The Center for Sustainable Communities is always looking for ways to improve our publications and incorporate more information for our stakeholders. If you have any questions, concerns, general comments, or story ideas for future newsletters, please email at any time. Thank you!
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, February 17th
Food, Purchasing, and Waste Task Group meeting
3-4pm   Valders 374 
Wednesday,  February 17
Shopping Shuttle
7:30 pm  Student Organizational Suite
Thursday, February 25th
Sustainability Council Meeting
4:15-5:15pm Borlaug Room, Union 
Saturday,  February 27
Shopping Shuttle
11 am  Student Organizational Suite
Staff Spotlight
Maren Beard
Assistant Director for Campus Sustainability

As the Assistant Director for Campus Sustainability, Maren coordinates initiatives related to all aspects of sustainability on the Luther College campus. Maren's favorite part of her job is having the opportunity to work on energy, waste, food, transportation, equity and other issues with talented and dedicated staff from across campus. She also works to promote sustainability programming within Residence Life and oversees marketing and communication projects for the Center for Sustainable Communities. Maren serves as chair of the Food, Purchasing and Waste Task Group at Luther and as a board member for the Iowa Food Hub and Oneota Community Food Coop. She holds a M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College.  
Iowa DNR Wildlife Management Summer Internship
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking applicants for summer internships in wildlife management. Interns work on habitat restoration, wildlife censuses, and more! Read more
Winneshiek County SWCD summer internships
The Winneshiek County SWCD has an internship available for students and recent graduates to gain experience in land stewardship planning and management, specifically with the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Read more
The Metropolitan Council (Twin Cities) announces internships
The Metropolitan Council's offers a comprehensive internship program that provides educational and employment opportunities to students in areas such as public transportation planning, waste water treatment, and regional parks. Read more
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