September 20, 2018
Baker Village: The Appenining
Big things are Appening in Baker Village! Did you know that all Baker residents have the opportunity to track and monitor their energy usage by house? On October 4th from 7pm-9pm in Shirley Baker Commons, the Center for Sustainable Communities will be giving an introduction tutorial on how to track energy consumption on the Energy Genius website. All Baker residents are strongly encouraged to attend. There will be free tasty snacks, handouts, and fun! Please bring your smartphone or laptop to access the Energy Genius website , and we will see you all next Thursday!
The Power of Your Own Story
David Gonzalez, nationally acclaimed storyteller, poet, and musician will be on campus for an artist's residency on September 28th and 29th. The theme of the weekend is The Power of Your Own Story and will include a multitude of lectures, workshops, and sharing experiences. The public is welcome at any of the events for no cost! Stay as long as you can or pick and choose which sessions to attend. On Friday night, there will be a public performance at Jewel Theater at 7:30pm where Gonzalez will tell his story with a creative mix of original music for guitar and piano. On Saturday, there is a narrative writing workshop from 9am-11am and a public reading workshop from 3pm-4:15pm. At the end of the night, join us for a Story Slam in Jewel Theater! This event will take place at 7pm and participants from the Gonzalez workshops, Writers Festival events, and the general public will be welcome to read their works. This event has been organized and sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Communities, Writer’s Festival, and Decorah’s Art Haus. For more information, contact Emily Neal.
Coffee and Conversation
The Center for Sustainable Communities is inviting you to Coffee and Conversation on Tuesday September 25th, 9:40 am-10:50 am outside the union. Stop by to meet your sustainability educators and enjoy free coffee and tea. Play trivia, learn how to sort waste correctly, and engage in conversation about sustainability initiatives on campus. This event is BYOM: bring your own mug! Mugs will not be provided. We look forward to seeing you there! Rain location: Outside of Nordic Brew in the Union.
Annual Plant Giveaway this week!
Luther’s Annual Plant Giveaway is this Thursday, September 27th! Stop by the Valders Greenhouse between 9:40am and 11:30am to pick up your free potted plants. Come early because plants go fast! We will also be giving away free personal compost containers and sustainability stickers! Funded by the Center for Sustainable Communities, Wellness, and Luther Grounds.
Sustainability Tip
When doing laundry think of Goldilocks! Make sure that the washer is 3/4 full of dirty laundry. Too many clothes damages the washers and too few clothes is not sustainable. If you have too many clothes for one load or too few clothes for a full load try combining with someone else to achieve the perfect washer load .
Student-Worker Spotlight
 Charlie Sylvester '22
Charlie Sylvester is a first-year Environmental Studies major from Lino Lakes, Minnesota. This semester, he is working as a student gardener. So far, Charlie’s favorite part about gardening at Luther is spending time in the sun and getting his hands dirty. His favorite vegetables to harvest on the farm are cherry tomatoes, but his favorite vegetables to consume are the form of yummy hummus, of course! Welcome to the team, Charlie!
Sustainability Events
  • Tuesday, September 25, Coffee & Conversation: 9:40am-10:50am outside the Union. Join Sustainability educators for free coffee, tea, and conversation about sustainability around campus. BYOM - bring your own mug! Read more.
  • Thursday, September 27, Plant Giveaway: 9:30am-11:30am Valder's GreenhouseTBock's Bar & Grill. Come pick up a small potted plant from clippings of plants on campus! Plants given away are perfect for offices and residence halls. Read more.
  • Friday & Saturday, September 28-29, The Power of Your Own Story:Various times and locations around campus. Artist in residence, David Gonzalez, will be leading various workshops on the importance of storytelling and how to tell your own story. Read more.
  • Thursday, October 4, Baker Appening: 7pm-9pm Shirley Baker Commons. All Baker residents are invited to come learn about how to monitor and reduce their energy usage in their unit. Read more.
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