Center for Sustainable Communities
March 28, 2016
Ceramics program home to many sustainable improvements
Since the fall of 2013, Assistant Professor of Art Joseph Madrigal has been working on sustainable improvements to the ceramics program. The first of three major changes is buying clay in bulk, which reduces the amount of clay bought and wasted through the course of a year. Secondly, in the newly designed glazing room work study students have helped to reformulate the ceramic glazes to fire at a lower temperature. Finally, with financial support from the college, the department was able to purchase a new gas kiln, which fires at a lower temperature. Due to these changes, the amount of natural gas consumed has reduced significantly and clay waste has also been reduced. Learn more  about Madrigal's sustainable initiatives.
Spring bike retrieval dates set
The Ashmore-Jewell barn will be open from 3-6 pm on Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1 to retrieve bikes from Winter Bike Storage. If you stored your bike last fall, please stop by during this time. If these dates do not work or you have any questions, contact Katie Vorderbruggen.
Community Garden plots available to faculty, staff, students
Gardening season is right around the corner! Whether you are a lifetime gardener looking for a new space, interested in trying your hand at growing some veggies for the first time or somewhere in-between, Luther students, staff and faculty are welcome at the community garden. We offer full (20' x 20') plots for $30, half plots (20' x 10') for $20 and student plots (10'x10') for $10. More information can be found on the sustainability website. If interested, please submit the plot request form.
Student hosts needed for Sustainability Leadership Institute
The Center for Sustainable Communities is looking for current Luther students to serve as overnight hosts on Friday, April 8th for their peers from institutions across the Midwest. Hosts will be responsible for meeting their visiting student on Friday evening, providing space for them to sleep, and making them feel welcome on our campus. All student hosts and their roommates will receive a Marty's cookie coupon, and hosts will be entered to win an Eno hammock! For more information and to sign up to host, visit our website.
Plastic film recycling available
The weather is getting warmer and it is time to do some Spring cleaning! Now is the perfect time to bring in your grocery bags from home and toss them into Luther's plastic film recycling collection bins. You can find the clearly marked boxes across from Nordic Brew in the Union, outside of the Document Center, and in the Valders Sustainability Suite. For additional drop-off locations and details on what else can be recycled, visit our website.
Sustainability Tip
Eat more veggies! Even eating vegetarian one day per week has significant carbon savings over a year when compared to high meat consumption, plus vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. There are many great resources online with recipes and suggestions for incorporating more vegetables into your diet.
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
Thursday, March 31st
Sustainability Council meeting
4:15 pm Mott Room, Union
Friday, April 1st
Energy and Waste Task Group meeting
11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Valders 374 
The Energy and Waste Task Group meets throughout the semester to discuss campus initiatives related to energy and waste reduction.
Saturday, April 2nd
Shopping Shuttle
11 am  Student Organizational Suite
Student Spotlight
Simon McCullough 
Student Gardener

Simon McCullough, a junior environmental studies major, has worked in the garden since last summer, weeding, planting, and watering. Simon enjoys the tangible aspect of garden work, being able to use his hands to be fully seeped into the work he is doing, and learning something new every day. In part through work in the garden, Simon realized the importance of food, and that sustaining life overrules nearly all else. According to Simon, "connecting to nature through a practical and rewarding way, like gardening, grows an appreciation of nature. I think that appreciation of the wild is important for the future of the planet. Gardening teaches respect for the natural world and I think that maybe a couple more people in the world could have that respect." This summer, Simon will be a wilderness guide at Camp Menogyn.
Hoffman Produce Farm hiring for the summer 
Hoffman Produce Farm is a 30 acre produce farm in Waterloo, IA. They are currently hiring workers for the summer with the possibility of winter work. Tasks include but are not limited to weeding, pruning, and planting.. Read more 
City of Sioux Falls Sustainability Internship 
The intern will help with assist the Sustainability Coordinator with the City's internal and external sustainability initiatives and public education. They will also have the opportunity to implement a sustainability initiative in Sioux Falls. Read more
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