Center for Sustainable Communities
February 13, 2017
Land Use Committee considers proposal to build elementary school on Anderson Prairie
The Luther College administration and Land Use Committee are currently considering a proposal from the Decorah School Board about the potential construction of a new elementary school on college lands. The site under consideration is a 28-year old prairie reconstruction, known as Anderson Prairie, located across from the main entrance to central campus on College Drive and Ridge Road. As per the Land Use Plan, the Land Use Committee is tasked with reviewing proposals that impact the ecology of Luther's natural areas. The committee has constructed an Elementary School Proposal webpage with information on the proposal and the review process, as well as a space for comments to be submitted. We would like to invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to share their opinion via the webpage, or attend a discussion/forum held on campus on February 16th. 
Sign up for Wilderness First Aid training on March 11,12
Love adventure? Don't be caught unprepared!  Wilderness   First   Aid  training, sponsored by the  Wilderness  Medicine Institute, will be offered at Luther from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on  Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12 . The training is designed to build competencies for performing medical assistance far from definitive medical care, and is ideal for outdoor adventurers, camp counselors, and anyone who likes to explore off the beaten path. Contact Emily Neal  for information on course fee and registration. A Luther  student   discount  is available.
New pulper allows all food waste to be composted in the Luther College Cafeteria
In a collaborative project between the Center for Sustainable Communities and Luther College Dining Services, a food waste pulper was installed in the Cafeteria dish room over Winter Break to help divert more food waste to the compost. All food scraps (including meat and dairy products) can go through the pulper; moisture is removed and the scraps are turned into pulverized bits that break down much faster in our compost pile. Luther was awarded a $20,000 forgivable loan from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP) to install the pulper, and our goal is that by May 2018, 90% of all food waste will be taken to the compost pile, rather than to the landfill. To read more about the pulper and other food waste reduction initiatives, visit the Sustainability News blog post
J-term blogs reflect on learning about sustainability and environment abroad
Throughout the month of January, Luther students and faculty embarked on experiential learning trips across the world, many of which had an environmental or sustainability focus. Students blogged their experiences studying Pastoralism and Conservation in Tanzania, models of sustainability in Scandinavia and Germany and England, Ecology in Ecuador, Environmental Communication in Belize, and environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. Martel DenHartog '18, reflected on her time in Tanzania saying: "Experiencing the massive drought that the Maasai currently face inspires me to continue to be an advocate for human rights and environmental protection, and I've learned that these things must be tackled together." Read more student's reflections and the other trip course blogs on the Center for Global Learning's January Term 2017 Course Blogs webpage
Sustainability Tip
We know, we know: Valentine's Day is a consumerist holiday invented by greeting-card companies, jewelers and chocolatiers. But that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed responsibly and in a giving spirit! This year, consider giving e-cards instead of paper cards, antique or recycled jewelry, or ethically sourced chocolate! Not big on gifts? Consider spending the evening making a home-made meal with your significant other or friends! Check out the Sierra Club's list of ways to celebrate Valentines Day in an environmentally conscious manner!
Questions or comments?
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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
Wednesday, February 15th
Shopping Shuttle
7:30pm  Student Organizational Suite
Thursday, February 16th
Faculty Forum on Elementary School Proposal
9:40am  Valders 206
Thursday, February 16th
Student and Community Forum on Elementary School Proposal
6pm  Valders 206
Staff Spotlight
Jon Jensen
Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities 

The Center for Sustainable Communities is excited to welcome Dr. Jon Jensen back to Luther after spending a semester leading the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Ecology and Human Origins program in Tanzania. Jon has served as the Center's director since 2013, and will continue to  provided oversight to all areas of sustainability at Luther as well as working to expand the Center's outreach to the community and region. He works to promote sustainability in the curriculum at Luther, in the Midwest, and throughout the country and teaches courses on Environmental Philosophy, Food and the Environment, Environmental Leadership, and Sustainable Communities. To learn more about Jon and his work, visit his bio
Farmers Market Manager- Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization
SCIO is looking for a reliable passionate individual to manage the Summer Markets in Plymouth and Sheboygan and Winter Market in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.   Read more
Garden Crew- Patchwork Green Farm 
Patchwork Green Farm in Decorah is hiring two garden crew employees in 2017 for seasonal work (May through October).    Read more
Land Stewardship Intern- J0 Daviess Conservation Foundation
Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is pleased be hiring a 2017 Land Stewardship summer intern to help maintain over 1200 acres of prairie/ woodland habitat and trails owned and operated by JDCF.    Read more
Park and Education Interns-Winneshiek County Conservation Board
Winneshiek County Conservation is currently accepting applications for a Summer Park Intern and a Summer Education Intern.    Read more
Farm Assistant- Canoe Creek Produce
Barb Kraus at Canoe Creek Produce is looking for summer or summer-fall garden help to provide assistance with planting, weeding, mulching,harvesting vegetables and cutting flowers, and to do deliveries and run the farmers market stand.    Read more
Farm to School Education Coordinator- REAP Food Group
REAP is seeking a Farm to School Education Coordinator who is passionate about local, sustainable food and inspiring children to eat healthy and know where their food comes from.    Read more
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