Center for Sustainable Communities
July 18, 2016
Summer Sustainability Internships
The Center for Sustainable Communities partnered with the Career Center to provide career exploration stipends for fourteen Luther students this summer. These students are working at locations around the country and world. Emily Alcock ('17; below) is working with migrant families in San Diego. "Being so hand-on with all of the support and outreach for migrants is the most rewarding part of the job," says Alcock. "We are in the field providing water for migrants making the incredibly dangerous journey from Mexico to the U.S." In Washington, D.C., Meghan Barker ('17; above) is working on issues relating to wilderness preservation, national monument designation, and conservation funding.  "This internship has shown me exactly where I want to be professionally in five to seven years. I now know that working for a non-profit is right up my alley, and I am especially passionate about environmental issues related to wildlands," says Meghan. Allison Meier ('17) is working more locally, at the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa. She says she is helping wherever she can, and is also constantly learning.
Below is a list of all Luther students who received funding, along with their internship placements. 

Emily Alcock- Border Angels; San Diego, CA
Meghan Barker- The Wilderness Society; Washington, D.C.
Parker Beard- Double J Jerseys, Inc.; Monmouth, OR
Sthela Hanitinirina- Joseph Raseta University Hospital; Antananarivo,
Marlene Jones- Projects Abroad, Inc.; Togo, Africa
Alexis Leum- Iowa Interfaith Power and Light; Des Moines, IA
Allison Meier- Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa; Iowa City, IA
Jedidiah Nixon- Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory; Crested Butte, CO
Anna Phearman- PACER Center; Minneapolis, MN
Ryan Pribyl- Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources; Decorah, IA
Catherine Reilly- Indian Creek Nature Center; Cedar Rapids, IA
Rachel Shaffer- River Root Farm; Decorah, IA
Elizabeth Stay- Humane Society of Northeast Iowa; Decorah, IA
Brody Vogel- C.U.R.E.; Centennial, CO
HHMI Teacher Education Workshops

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) awarded a grant to support initiatives in science education at Luther College. As part of this initiative, this summer Luther faculty hosted nearly 50 K-8 educators from across the region for week-long workshops. These workshops were designed to deepen their scientific knowledge, in order to create a science-related curriculum. Participating teachers investigate laboratories, conduct demonstrations, take field trips, and participate in discussions and collaborative workshop time. In addition to finding ways to engage K-8 students in science discussions, participating teachers were also given the chance to learn about ongoing scientific researching happening here at Luther College.
Leadership for Community Health Improvement
The Center for Sustainable Communities and Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) are working with community leaders from across the region to provide support for community health improvement initiatives. Leaders from seven communities in Northeast Iowa gathered for three days in June to learn about the best practices in community health innovations. During the workshop community leaders also began to create action plans that can be implemented in their communities. Participants will continue to meet monthly, via teleconference, following the completion of the workshop, to build a network, share insights, and provide updates on the implementation of their action plans. 
Sustainability Tip
It's easy to incorporate waste reducing practices into daily living! Try to get in the habit of bringing a reusable water bottle and/or coffee mug to work, instead of buying single-use bottles or cups. Many places, including campus dining facilities, will often give you a discount for coffee refills in a reusable mug. When getting meals to-go, whether in the to-go line or in Oneota, use a green, plastic reusable container. These may be purchased for $2 (cash or dining dollars). When you are finished, simply bring the container to the bin outside of Nordic Brew and you will be given a token in return, which will then be used to redeem the container next time!
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, July 19th
12:00pm, Valders 379
Wednesday, July 20th
Grilled Vegetables- A Versatile Summer Staple
Sunday, July 24th
Canoe Creek Farm Tour and Potluck
Student Spotlight
Jessica Skjonsby Sustainable Foods Assistant, Gardener

Jessica Skjonsby is a senior biology and psychology double major. This summer she is assisting with CSA food education events, writing newsletters, and completing a number of other projects. In addition, Jessica spends her mornings working in the Luther Gardens. Jessica has also worked as a sustainability educator in the residence halls. Her favorite part about her sustainability jobs this summer has been doing something new and different every day. She has also enjoyed visiting and working on other local farms in Decorah. The fresh produce from the gardens, especially tomatoes, and tasty recipes from the education classes, have also been an added bonus of her jobs. During the academic year, Jessica is the president of Luther College Ballroom & Swing, and works as an Assistant Hall Director in Brandt Hall.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking an experienced manager to coordinate a groundbreaking food justice project in Mississippi..  Read more
NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project Coordinator; Butte, MT 
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking an experienced manager to develop and coordinate sustainable agriculture projects nationwide. Read more 
Fair Food Michigan seeks a program director who can manage existing programs in Michigan.   Read more 
Green Iowa AmeriCorps is currently recruiting to fill nearly 28 full-time, 11-month service positions beginning on September 19th, 2016! Members will be based at one of 7 communities in Iowa. Read more 
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