Center for Sustainable Communities
May 15, 2017
Moving Out Mindfully
Finals week is here, which means that student move out is in full swing here at Luther! Moving out can be stressful, but we think it is the best time to make a difference for the community and the planet! Luther's move out week has historically generated the most waste of any week during the year, but this is changing!  Our goals for 2017 are to reduce the tons of waste sent to the landfill by 20% from last year by donating 2,000 pounds of food to the food pantry and filling 12 trucks with items for the local thrift stores. Here is a short guide to moving out mindfully!

What can I donate? Furniture, clothing and shoes, food, toiletries, laundry detergent, working electronics, fans, lamps, lights, refrigerators, school supplies, books, room decorations, batteries, cell phones, hangers, bedding, sheets, and towels are all accepted in residence hall donation rooms.  

What can I recycle?  Keep sending your recyclable items such as cans, plastics, notebook paper, magazines, pizza boxes, and other cardboard to the blue roll offs outside each residence. Broken electronics/appliances and futon frames should be placed next to the recycling roll off bins. 

Where is my donation room? Each residence hall has an assigned location that will be staffed with volunteers to help you move out mindfully. 
  • Olson: 2nd Floor Lounge
  • Larsen : Main Lounge
  • Farwell: First Floor Lobby
  • Brandt:  Ground East Lounge
  • Miller:  Ground Floor Study Lounge
  • Dieseth: Ground Floor Study Lounge
  • Ylvisaker: Game Room
  • Baker Village: Lower Commons - Food, Toiletries;  Trucks (Saturday/Sunday)
  • College Apartments: Under Front Stairs
  • Houses: Sustainability House Garage
  • Norby House: Kitchen Area
The Center for Sustainable Communities would like to thank our community partners at the Depot Outlet, Spectrum Network, First Lutheran Church, and the Winneshiek County Recycling Center for helping us divert waste during this week! A special thanks to Quillins for providing brown grocery bags to help with the collection of food. For more information about move out waste diversion and where your donation room is, see our Move Out blog post!
Local Initiative Encourages Walking and Walkability in Northeast Iowa
Walk Northeast Iowa is a collaborative project to create awareness and promote walking and walkability in northeast Iowa. By providing resources to help get communities on the move, the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness project is aiming to improve physical and mental health, as well as community connection. Through the launch of the interactive Walk Northeast Iowa website, tools to help start a walking group, or to map out your walks are free and downloadable. Resources feature Calmar, Cresco, Decorah, Elkader, Guttenberg, Luther College, New Hampton, Oelwein, Waukon, and West Union walking areas. WalkNeIowa encourages users to share their own walking stories and photos across social media by implementing the hashtag "#WhyIWalkNEIowa".  Visit the Walk NE Iowa website to download materials and view stories, and get out on the walking trails today!
Visitors Complete Residency on Cultural Change Among the Maasai of Tanzania
Leboy Oltimbau and Musa Kamaika, members of the Maasai tribe of Tanzania, recently finished their residency at Luther College.  On Friday, April 28, Oltimbau and Kamaika performed traditional and contemporary Maasai dancing and singing, inviting the willing audience to join in. On Sunday, April 30, Oltimbau and Kamaika presented the talk "Culture Change Among the Maasai of Tanzania," where they shared experiences and observations about how their culture is changing in the 21st century. The two also provided background on Tanzania and the Maasai, a herding tribe that has worked to maintain their traditional livelihood, dress, ceremonies and culture in the face of globalization, climate change and industrialization. 

For more than a decade, Oltimbau and Kamaika have worked with Luther College students and faculty as cultural guides and translators for January Term programs based in northern Tanzania. Students spend much of the month living in Maasai home communities in rural Tanzania. Oltimbau and Kamaika collaborate in the educational process to help students learn about the Maasai. During their residency, Oltimbau and Kamaika also spoke with students in a variety of classes at Luther and talked with church and community organizations in Decorah. Their time in the U.S. was made possible by the Center for Sustainable Communities and the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department. To learn more about courses in Tanzania and students' reflections from them, visit Luther's J-Term Course Blogs.

Thank you, Student Workers!
As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, the Center for Sustainable Communities would like to say thank you to our wonderful student workers and thank them for their time and commitment this year! These individuals have worked on projects and initiatives including composting and recycling, growing food in the Luther College Garden, coordinating Luther's Cafeteria to Community program, educating fellow students on waste, transportation, and energy, making interactive maps of Decorah-area trails, and managing marketing and communications for Sustainability at Luther. We would especially like to thank our graduating seniors Jordan Anderson, Meghan Barker, Parker Beard,  Ellie Bunz, Grant Diedrich, Lucy Holte, Simon McCullogh, Philani Mkhwanazi, Kate Reilly, Rosen Slavov, and Jonathan Springer for their dedication. We wish them the best in their future endeavors!
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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:
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