Center for Sustainable Communities
April 3, 2017
Student gardeners needed to finish spring harvest, open positions for next year
If you have Work Study hours to fill, why not work for the Garden Crew? The Center for Sustainable Communities is looking for students to work on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for the rest of the spring semester. Sustainability is hiring Garden Crew members and Recycling/Compost Crew members for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested students should submit their application by Friday, April 7th!
Local group working to create MEU for Decorah
Decorah Power is a group of Decorah citizens who are working to create a Municipal Electric Utility (MEU) that would supply the city's electricity needs through locally owned sustainable energy. Currently, most of Decorah's electricity is provided by Alliant Energy, which is an investor-owned electric utility based out of Madison, Wisconsin. The 25-year franchise agreement that the city is under expires in May, 2018. Decorah Power is urging the city to consider applying for creation rights for an MEU in Decorah. MEU's often have positive benefits for the city, including stable jobs, local economic stability, lower costs for services, expanded opportunities for renewable energy production, and democratic control of energy services. To learn more, visit the Decorah Power website!
Faculty and staff survey shows sustainable transportation habits 
Ever wonder how your professors get to work? As part of the STARS assessment, we asked Luther faculty and staff about their transportation habits. 60% of Luther employees drive themselves, while about 30% walk or bike to work. Just under 60% of respondents travel 5 miles or less round-trip. For sustainable modes of transportation, the Center for Sustainable Communities encourages carpooling, walking, and biking as the weather gets nicer!
Sustainability at Luther: Taking Stock
The Center for Sustainable Communities would like you to join us for the Sustainability Council meeting on Thursday, April 6th from 4-5pm in Valders 262. The campus is invited to join the Council in reviewing Luther's most recent STARS Report (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System). We will discuss what is going well and identify opportunities for improvement in overall institutional sustainability. All are welcome! Learn more about the make-up and history of the Council on the Sustainability Council webpage
Grow your own food this summer in the Community Garden
The Community Garden offers a great way to learn more about gardening. Put your green thumbs to work in creating beautiful and b ountiful harvests that can be enjoyed throughout the summer and w ell into fall and winter.  Consider splitting a 10'x10' student plot with your friends  for only $10! Larger plots are also available for faculty, staff, and community members. Request your plot by May 1st to plant your favorite vegetables. To learn more about this program, visit the Community Garden page !  
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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 sustainability@luther.edu at any time. Thank you!
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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:   www.luther.edu/sustainability.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 6th Sustainability Council Meeting 
4:00pm Valders 262
Saturday, April 8th Live Healthy Iowa 5K
8:00am Winneshiek Medical Center (East Entrance) 
Wednesday, April 12th  Shopping Shuttle
7:30p m  Student Organizational Suite
Student Spotlight
Natalie Wade '18  Energy Educator











Natalie Wade is a junior Biology student from Juneau, Alaska. Natalie started working with the Center for Sustainable Communities as an Energy Educator after spending her sophomore year January Term in Holden Village. The experience inspired her to get involved with sustainable efforts at Luther. Natalie's favorite part about working at the Center for Sustainable Communities are the people she learns from and alongside as they work to make Luther College more sustainable. She is excited to work with Luther Gardens this summer and harvest fresh local veggies! 
Jobs/Opportunities
Sustainability Coordinator - Creighton University
Creighton University is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to promote university-wide sustainable practices.  Read more
Delivery Driver - FarmTable Delivery
FarmTable Delivery, a local food distribution business based in Harlan, Iowa is hiring delivery drivers immediately!  Read more
Seasonal Field Worker - Clare Gardens LLC
Seasonal field worker position available now; with potential for off season employment at the Milwaukee Catholic Home retirement facility.   Read more
Summer Interns - REAP Food Group
REAP Food Group's Farm to School Program is seeking multiple part-time summer interns who are looking to promote healthy eating and strengthen community engagement in Madison, WI.  Read more
Communications Coordinator - Georgia Organics
Georgia Organics is seeking a Communications Coordinator to convey Georgia Organics' programmatic impact to the public, strengthen the brand, strategically leverage digital platforms to remain relevant, and build donor and stakeholder loyalty.  Read more
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa 
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa are seeking applicants for many different full-time positions.  Read more
Green Iowa AmeriCorps 
Green Iowa AmeriCorps is hiring multiple members to provide community energy efficiency assistance and to serve as sustainability coordinators in K-12 schools across the state of Iowa.  Read more
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