Center for Sustainable Communities
December 5, 2016
Luther students reflect on trip to Standing Rock to protest Dakota Access Pipeline
Following their Thanksgiving Break trip to Cannon Ball, North Dakota,  the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement hosted a panel discussion for students to share their experience of protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Students Rebecka Green '19, Courtney Field '19, and Andres Alvarez '18 spoke about what their days looked like working in the camp, and how they have brought what they learned back to Luther College. Alvarez had the opportunity to participate in 'action', where groups of people went to certain locations along the proposed pipeline route to pray and join each other in community. He told the audience: "It wasn't like any other protest I've ever been to. A lot of the time, they prayed and expressed how they felt in a positive and enlightening way."  Please stay tuned for more opportunities to continue conversation about the Dakota Access Pipeline and to get involved. 
Food and Farm Fellow completes season at Luther College Gardens
Following the completion of her fellowship, the Center for Sustainable Communities would like to thank Food and Farm fellow Allison Hren for her dedication and commitment t0 Luther College and the Decorah community. During the fellowship, Hren managed the operations of the Luther College Farm, oversaw the Cafeteria to Community Program, and planned events like Beet Appreciation Day and Squash Fest.  Allison is moving back to her home state of North Carolina, and will be applying for graduate school in the new year.  The Center's fellowship program is funded through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Thank you Allison for your hard work and contributions to local food systems in Northeast Iowa!
New rule prohibits cellphone and battery disposal in Winneshiek county landfill
In order to prevent contamination and electronic waste, the Winneshiek County Solid Waste Agency will no longer accept cellular telephones and batteries in the Winneshiek County landfill. The Center for Sustainable Communities has partnered with Call2Recycle, a company that provides free battery and cellphone recycling in North America, to help recycle e-waste coming from campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the recycling receptacles at the Research and Technology Help Desk in the Library, the front desk of the Facilities office, or the Supply Reuse Closet in Valders 364 for batteries and old cell phones. To learn more about recycling unique materials on campus, visit the Waste and Recycling webpage
Winter Bike Storage a success
The Center for Sustainable Communities and Luther College's Facilities Department would like to thank the students, faculty and staff who placed their bikes in the Ashmore-Jewell Barn during the Winter Bike Storage events at the end of November. Facilities reported that they only had to remove three bikes from racks following Thanksgiving break, which makes it significantly easier for them to clear paths of snow in the coming winter months. Everyone who stored their bike in the barn will receive an email in the spring with dates and times for spring retrieval. While bikes are stored for winter, we encourage you to continue sustainable transportation practices by carpooling or using the Shopping Shuttle for off-campus needs. Please contact Sustainable Transportation Educator Sean McKenzie with any questions and concerns. 
Sustainability Tip
Have you made a stop at Nordic Brew, Sunnyside or Oneota Market a part of your daily routine to stay warm? If you forget you to bring your own mug, we encourage you to make sure you recycle the appropriate components of your cup for a minimal environmental impact! The brown sleeve can be recycled with paper products, and the plastic lid can be recycled with other plastic material. The green cup itself cannot be recycled or composted, and should be placed in the trash/landfill. Please take the time to break down your cup and enjoy your coffee or tea guilt-free!
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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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Staff Spotlight
Dr. Molly McNicoll 

Dr. McNicoll is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Luther College, and also serves as the Natural Areas Land Manager. She  regularly teaches in the introductory biology course (Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution), Restoration and Conservation Biology, and Ecology of Ecuador, a study-away course to montane rainforest, lowland rainforests in the Amazon basin, and the Galapagos Islands. As the Natural Areas  Manager, Dr. McNicoll plans and organizes invasive species removal initiatives, as well as application of prescribed fire to Luther-owned prairies. Dr. McNicoll says: "As Luther's Natural Areas Land Manager, I have the incredibly satisfying job of working with students, faculty, and staff to care for our woodlands, prairies, and other habitats. The process of land stewardship provides a natural opportunity for student learning and experimental research." To read more about Dr. McNicoll, visit her bio on the Biology website!
January Intern- Emmons and Oliver Resources
Emmons and Oliver Resources, Inc. (EOR) Iowa is seeking a January-term intern to assist with compiling and synthesizing data to be used for a series of environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.   Read more
Program Intern- Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is seeking a Program Intern to create networking, educational, and collaboration opportunities for the philanthropic community working to support vibrant, healthy, and just food and farm systems.    Read more
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