Center for Sustainable Communities
May 9, 2016
Where excess and need meet, partnerships form
After a successful first year, Luther senior Blaise Schaeffer has once again teamed up with Dining Services to help provide food for the local food pantry. Dining Dollars for Decorah allows students to donate unused dining dollars to purchase food for the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry in town. Growing up in Decorah, Schaeffer felt compelled to give back to the community and started the partnership between Dining Services and the First Lutheran Food Pantry. The program's debut was overwhelmingly successful, with $3000 donated to purchased two, six foot tall pallets of food for the Food Pantry. Dining Services staff are thrilled to continue the program again this year. Students interested in donating unused dining dollars  should stop into the Dining Services office during regular business hours from Wednesday, May 18th through Friday, May 20th.
Waste reduction efforts for Move Out take shape
Each year during move out alone, the campus generates 15-20,000 pounds of waste. In an effort to reduce this number, Sustainability has partnered with several Decorah-area organizations to decrease waste and give back to the community. Starting the Friday before finals there will be a clearly marked donation room in each residence hall where students can donate unwanted items. Furniture, clothing, laundry detergent, rugs, working electronics, and posters or other reusable room decorations will all be donated to The Depot Outlet and the Spectrum Network. The First Lutheran Food Pantry will receive all unopened non-perishable food. Redeemable glass containers will also be collected, with all money to benefit the Spectrum Network. The goal is that the only things going in the dumpsters are items not able to be repurposed or reused. Helpers will staff waste stations near residence halls three times each day from Wednesday to Sunday during finals week to assist with waste diversion and answer questions about what can and cannot be donated. We ask you to consider ways your unwanted items can have another life before they are sent to the landfill!
Sustainability seeks student input on bicycling on campus
In an effort to improve the bicycling experience at Luther, Sustainability has put together a survey for students about their satisfaction with the bike culture and infrastructure on campus. Data from the survey will be used to focus Sustainability's efforts with bicycling in the future. We encourage all students, regardless of how often they bike to fill out the survey so that we can best serve the needs of all students.
Earth Day solar dedication a success
The Center for Sustainable Communities would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the Earth Day Solar Dedication a success! The beautiful, sunny day was perfect for dedicating our most recent additions to Luther's solar capacity. With this addition of three photovoltaic (PV) arrays, capable of producing 820 kilowatts of electricity, Luther is once again host to the most photovoltaic capacity in Iowa.
Sustainability Tip

Use human power! Ride your bike or walk to work, school, and for play. Not only will you save money and keep pollution out of the air, you will get in great shape! Be sure to keep your bike in top condition by visiting the student bike shop in Regents or the fix it station at the Library. Students, faculty, and staff can also check out bicycles for free from the Circulation Desk at the Library.

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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, May 14th
Shopping Shuttle
11:00 am, Student Organizational Suite
May 10th and 11th
Tomato Seedling Sale
Student Spotlight
Allison Bansen
Cafeteria to Community, Gardener

Allison Bansen is a senior environmental policy major with a history minor. She leads volunteer shifts for the Cafeteria to Community program as well as works in the Luther Gardens. Part of Allison's favorite part of working for Sustainability is interacting with people who have such passion for their jobs. She also enjoys meeting new people from the Luther and Decorah community through her work with the Cafeteria to Community program. Allison participates in Collegiate Chorale and is a senior representative on Student Senate. After graduation, Allison will be spending the summer working on her family's organic dairy farm in Oregon. Starting in August, she will start work with a nonprofit in Washington, DC on food justice projects through Lutheran Volunteer Corps.
Center for Sustainable Communities
The Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College is accepting applications for the 10-month Energy and Waste Fellowship. The Fellow will work on energy efficiency and waste reduction initiatives on campus. All recent graduates from any college or university are welcome to apply. Read more
The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) at UVM Extension seeks a Center Administrator. The successful candidate will oversee daily operations of NECAFS, a nascent regional network and educational center. Read more
The Oneota Community Food Coop is looking to hire people who are outgoing, friendly, and that offer outstanding customer service for a variety of positions. Applicants should have a passion for organic, locally produced and bulk foods, as well as other sustainable products and services. Read more
Iowa Food Hub, a non-profit local food distribution organization, is accepting applications for a full-time Sales and Warehouse Manager. Read more
The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) is a national, cooperative extension-based network that includes practitioners, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others supporting processing infrastructure essential to local and regional meat production. Read more
Internship Coordinator is responsible for establishing and building an effective practicum program for students in a wide variety of Food Studies relevant fields. Read more
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