Center for Sustainable Communities
October 24, 2016
Brummel to give Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture- November 1st
The 2016-17 Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series "Who Do You Trust?" continues with a lecture from Rachel Brummel, assistant professor of Environmental Studies on Tuesday, November 1st. Dr. Brummel's presentation will explore how, in a world where our environmental fates are intertwined, building trust among actors in the commons should be the primary project of environmental politics. Her lecture is titled "Trust in Commons: On Interdependence and Saving the World." This lecture will begin at 7pm in the CFL Recital Hall and a reception will follow in Qualley Lounge. Read more about the Paideia Texts and Issues Series.
 Join us in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month!
As October is nationally recognized as Campus Sustainability Month, the Center for Sustainable Communities is engaging students, faculty and staff through photo campaigns and events to spread the word about why sustainability matters to Luther. Throughout the month, the Center has posted "Humans of New York" styled interviews on Facebook talking with staff and faculty about what sustainability at Luther means to them. The following events are taking place during the week of October 24th, and we invite you to celebrate with us. 
  •  "I Stand for Climate Action" photo booth. Monday, Oct. 24-Wednesday, Oct. 26; 9am-12pm; Union Lounge.  Join us for the second annual photo bo0th telling us why you stand for climate action. Check out photos from last year's campaign.
  • Beet Appreciation Day. Tuesday, Oct. 25; 9:30am-1:00pm; Union Lounge. Stop by the table in the Union to sample Luther-grown beets from the college gardens. 
  • Cornelia Mutel Lecture. Wednesday, Oct. 26; 7pm; Olin 102; Iowa City native and University of Iowa Professor Connie Mutel will be presenting on her exploration of climate change and the nature and impact of communicating climate change. 
  • SquashFest 2016. Friday, Oct. 28; 3-6pm. The Luther College Gardens is hosting a squash-filled afternoon with samples, painting, music and a Rutabaga Curling event. RSVP here
Submetering allows Sustainability House to monitor daily energy use
Luther College's Sustainability House is home to students committed to  an environmentally, socially and fiscally sustainable lifestyle. This fall, Sustainability House residents are tracking their daily energy use with metering information that compares their energy consumption to how much electricity is produced from their 4kw solar pv panel. Sustainability House residents and student educators Natalie Wade and Nathan Campbell reported that the metering information has made residents much more in tune with the weather and can make close estimates of how much their solar panels are producing on any given day because of how connected they are to the data. The house has used this information to take measures to conserve energy like line-drying clothes, using task lighting or day lighting, and cooking house meals to concentrate kitchen energy. Visit the Sustainability House webpage to learn more about their environmentally-friendly initiatives. 
Staff and students attend AASHE National Conference in Baltimore, MD
On October 9-11th, Sustainability staff and students attended the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Center for Sustainable Communities Assistant Director Maren Beard and Energy and Waste Fellow Arianna Cocallas attended the conference with students Natalie Wade '18 and Isobel Michaud '19. The group attended the Student Summit as well as session on various topics relating to campus sustainability. Wade reflected on her time saying, "The ASSHE conference was filled with passionate people and great ideas. It was very uplifting to see the collaboration between staff, faculty and students from schools all over the world making efforts toward positive environmental and social changes." To learn more about the organization and the conference, visit the AASHE website
Sustainability Tip
Are you looking for a Halloween costume last- minute? Rather than paying extra for Amazon expedited shipping, head over to the local Goodwill or The Depot and pull together a costume with reused items! Get creative or take to the internet for some ideas, and see what you can find in other people's recycled clothes and props! 
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
Tuesday, October 25th
Coffee Break with LVC 
9-10:15am  Valders 374
Tuesday, October 25th
Beet Appreciation Day
9:30am-1pm  Union Lobby
Wednesday, October 26th
A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland
7pm  Olin 102
Wednesday, October 26th
Shopping Shuttle
7:30pm  Student Organizational Suite
Friday,  October 28th
Squash Fest 2016
3pm-6pm  Luther College Gardens
Student Spotlight
Mara Mergens '20

The Center for Sustainable Communities is excited to welcome first year student Mara Mergens to the team. Mara is from St. Paul, Minnesota and is studying Environmental Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Mara serves as a student recycler and composter, picking up  recycling from Larsen, Ockham and Farwell and compost from Olin, Sampson-Hoffland and Valders. In addition, Mara helps with the waste audits that the Energy and Waste team have been conducting this fall. Mara's favorite thing about her job is learning about recycling and composting so that she can teach others how to reduce their waste! When asked why sustainability matters to her, Mara replied, "It affects everyone, why wouldn't it matter?" 
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