Center for Sustainable Communities
November 7, 2016
Immersion Leadership Program accepting applications for Fall 2017
Applications for the fall 2017 First Year Immersion Experience program are now open to current freshman, sophomore and junior students who will be on campus next fall. The Center for Sustainable Communities offers first year students the opportunity to come to campus early for a one- week outdoor immersion experience. Student leaders are encouraged to apply to develop  leadership and outdoor skills, as well as meet and grow with like-minded, fun-loving people! I f selected, leaders will attend mandatory training during 2017 spring semester. The training includes, but is not limited to: group dynamics and strengths, leadership and decision making, outdoor skills, Wilderness First Aid training and certification, CPR training and certification, and a practice campout for a weekend. All applications are due by November 29th. Read more about the program on the Immersion Experience webpage, or contact Emily Neal with any questions. 
Winter Bike Storage available for students in Ashmore-Jewell Barn
To help promote the use of bicycles as an alternative form of transportation, the Center for Sustainable Communities will be offering free winter bike storage for all students and staff. Bicycles will be placed in secure, dry storage in the Ashmore-Jewell Barn (the red barn next to Baker Village.) The bikes will be locked together and placed in storage by college personnel. Students are asked to drop off their bikes Thursday, November 17th or Friday, November 18th from 3-6pm at the Ashmore-Jewell Barn. All bikes placed in storage must be registered. Students can register bikes when placing them in storage, or in advance through Luther's bike transportation webpage. All who choose to store their bikes will receive an e-mail notification of the exact days for bike retrieval in the spring. If you have any questions about bike registration or storage, please contact Sustainable Transportation Educator Sean McKenzie
Cafeteria to Community program celebrates three years of giving to Decorah residents
On Friday, November 4, 2016, Luther College's Cafeteria to Community program celebrated its third birthday. A student-initiated project that was started in 2013, Cafeteria to Community allows student and community volunteers to help pack up excess food from the Luther College Cafeteria and deliver it to the First Lutheran Food Pantry in downtown Decorah. Since the beginning of the program in 2013, over  30,000 pounds of food have been donated, and the program has involved over 750 volunteers. The Center for Sustainable Communities would like to thank the Luther College Dining Services, First Lutheran Church and all of the volunteers for making this partnership possible and making Cafeteria to Community a successful program. Learn more about the program and sign up to volunteer at the Cafeteria to Community webpage
SquashFest 2016 connects students to the college garden to celebrate fall harvest
On Friday, October 28th, the Luther College Gardens hosted SquashFest 2016, an  event intended to get students out to the college farm and celebrate the recent squash harvest. Nearly 40 people attended the event, and partook in squash painting, rutabaga bowling, garden tours, and sampling of Luther- grown squash chips and squash cake. See you all next year!

Sustainability Tip
Getting to that point in the semester where your binders are breaking and you can't seem to find any of your pens? Save money and give purpose to some gently used items by stopping by the Supply Reuse Closet in Valders 364. The closet is open from Monday-Friday during business hours and students are invited to take what they need! Watch the video for instructions on how to find the closet!
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
Saturday, November 12th
Shopping Shuttle
11am  Student Organizational Suite
Thursday November 17th and Friday, November 18th
Winter Bike Storage
3-6pm  Ashmore-Jewell Barn
Staff Spotlight
Emily Neal 

Emily is the Assistant Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities and a staff instructor in Environmental Studies. A passionate science educator, she has over 20 years of experience teaching people of all ages, on how to integrate concepts of wellness, sustainability and stewardship into their lives. Recognizing that human health is interconnected to the health of our planet, Emily oversees a wide array of healthy living and environmental programs at Luther, including the summer Discovery Camp programs, the Pre-College Environmental Studies Program and the Luther College Immersion Leadership Program. Additionally, Emily oversees outreach programs to regional schools. She works with teachers on integrating topics of sustainability into the curriculum and increasing STEM education. She supervises a team of FoodCorps/AmeriCorps members serving schools to help districts foster healthy environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve. She has a Masters in Science Education and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, both from the University of Iowa.
Internships- Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is seeking interns in areas of Seed Bank Management, Public Programs, Cultural/Historical Research, and the Library/Archives. Contact the Luther College Career Center for details and application information.   Read more
Waste Diversion and Sustainability Tracking Specialist- Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, is seeking January term interns to assist the director of sustainability in day-to- day tasks, including but not limited to maintaining our waste diversion systems, data collection and reporting.   Read more
Retail Business Specialist- University of Iowa and Value Added Agriculture
The Community and Economic Development (CED) and the Value Added Agriculture (VAA) program units, both within Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, are seeking qualified candidates for a Field Specialist I/II - Retail Business Specialist position.  Read more
Plate to Politics Coordinator and Communications Coordinator- Women Food and Ag Network
Plate to Politics is Women Food and Ag Network's training program for emerging leaders in healthy food and farming movement. This position will report directly to the WFAN Executive Director, and has two components: coordinating WFAN's Plate to Politics program, and coordinating WFAN's communications.  Read more
Senior Director of Programs- Fair Food Network
Fair Food Network seeks an outstanding leader in program design, implementation, and evaluation to join the organization during a period of exciting growth. The Senior Director of Programs will provide leadership and unity to the programs to increase our impact nation-wide.   Read more
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