April 16, 2018
SUSTAINABILITY E-NEWSLETTER
Baker Energy Competition
The week before Spring break was Energy Awareness week in Baker Village. 
The usage from Energy Awareness week was compared to the same week in February. After talking with some residents, many people were very intentionally working toward reducing their usage during this competition and the results seem to confirm this engagement. As a village, Baker reduced their overall energy use by over  20%   (From 6590 KWH to 5126 KWH)

The winners of the challenge:
First place:  Trondheim 6 with a reduction of 57%.
Second place: Oslo 3 (44%)
Third place: Oslo 6 (39%)
Move Out 2018
Move Out 2018 is just around the corner, and we need your help! Luther has reduced our overall waste during the week of Move Out by 40% over the last five years, and we're hoping to reach a 50% reduction this year. The Center for Sustainable Community has many 2 hour shifts open for volunteer Move Out Helpers who will assist with loading trucks with donations, diverting items from the landfill, and having fun engaging with peers throughout the week. All are welcome to work (that includes you, faculty and staff)! Sign up today, or contact sustainability@luther.edu for more information!
Sustainability Tip
Similar to clothes dryers, washing machines are probably one of the most energy intensive appliances in our lives, especially if you are a student living on campus. The energy tip of the month is to only do full, stinky loads of laundry. This means reduce water and energy consumption by only washing clothing that is actually dirty/stinky (use the sniff test). Not only will this action save energy, water and money but it also will save your clothes.

Added challenge: Wash your clothing on the "Brights" settings.
Student-Worker Spotlight – Sean Mackenzie '20
Meet Sean McKenzie. Sean is sophomore. Along with his studies, Sean is a Sustainability Educator for the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC). Through his work, Sean helps coordinate projects to make Luther more sustainable and educate Luther students on sustainable behavior. Sean says that working for the CSC has been great opportunity! Sean was attracted to Luther in part because of its commitment to sustainable practices and being able to be a part of that tradition is a dream come true. Sean's favorite program at the CSC is the Plant Give Away, which is made possible by Perry Halse in Facilities! Sean looks forward to adding another succulent to his collection every fall! 
Sustainability Jobs/Internships/Opportunities
  • REAP Food Group- Farm to School Summer Evaluation Internship Intern will work directly with REAP Farm to School staff and AmeriCorps members to facilitate and evaluate the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operated by Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). Read more.
  • REAP Food Group- Farm to School Summer Engagenment Internship– Interns will work directly with REAP Farm to School staff and AmeriCorps members to promote and facilitate the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operated by Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). Read more.
  • The Food Artisan Program at Taliesin- Cultivating Taste of Place– Accepting applications for seasonal restaurant work with the goal to prepare candidates for inspiring professions in the artisan food-farm sector. Read more.
  • Community GroundWorks- Troy Pizza Coordinator PositionThe Troy Farm Pizza Coordinator manages all activities related to planning, recipe development, ingredient preparation, pizza preparation, cooking, and sales for farm fresh pizza nights weekly from June - September. The Pizza Coordinator also coordinates and supervises pizza night worker shares and volunteers. Read more.
  • Green Iowa AmeriCorps- Environmental Steward Positions– Operates through the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (UNI CEEE) in Cedar Falls looking to recruit passionate and motivated individuals for an 11 month service experience in one of our service locations throughout Iowa. Read more.
  • Seed Regeneration/Production- Garden Crew Member Position– This position will support Seed Savers Exchange by assisting staff with all garden and seed production/regeneration grow-outs in the field. Read more.
  • Seed Savers Exchange- Field Crew Member– This position will support Seed Savers Exchange field staff with all garden work and seed production activities. This work includes collection regeneration and increase growouts, maintenance of perennial collections, commercial seed productions, trial, display, lot check, and evaluation growouts. Read more.
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 17th
Energy and Water Task Group Meeting
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Valders 374
Interested in learning about energy and water work on campus? Come join us at our monthly meeting. All are welcome!

Thursday, April 19th
Food, Purchasing, and Waste Task Group Meeting
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Valders 374
Interested in learning about food and waste work on campus? Come join us at our monthly meeting. All are welcome!

Thursday, April 19th - Sunday, April 22th
Oneota Film Festival
Luther Campus and Downtown Decorah
Films related to the environment, adventure, eco-travel, local and student films, food/agriculture, social justice, and more will be shown!
The Center for Sustainable Communities is always looking for ways to improve our publications. If you have any questions, concerns, general comments, or story ideas for future newsletters, please email  sustainability@luther.edu at any time.

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 v isit:   www.luther.edu/sustainability .
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