The Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series is open to all alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.
Speaker: Maren Beard '08, Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College
The Center for Sustainable Communities 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.
"Sustainability and Community at Luther College"
At Luther, we hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to sustainability— in fact, part of our mission is to "practice joyful stewardship of the resources that surround us." We recognize that sustainability goes hand in hand with a just, equitable, and prosperous society, and we work hard not only to green our campus practices but also to teach students through academic courses and campus life that creating a sustainable society is a responsibility that falls to each of us.
Renewable Energy - As a leader in college campus environmentalism, Luther has made some serious commitments to renewable energy. In 2013, we completed installation of one of the largest solar arrays in Iowa. This brings our total solar array count to three, with two more underway. Our wind turbine, erected in 2011, harnesses a second renewable energy source and supplies a third of Luther's power, dramatically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and enabling us to shrink our carbon footprint while we work toward our goal of carbon neutrality.
Green Campus Practices - We've had a tradition of recycling at Luther since 1973, and in addition to recycling waste from classrooms, offices, and residence halls, we compost pre- and post- consumer waste from the cafeteria and use it to enrich our many college gardens. Produce from the gardens helps supply the cafeteria, and Luther purchases many of its other food products from local, sustainable providers. We also strive to build new campus construction to the LEED silver standard or equivalent, and we use hybrid, electric, and biodiesel vehicles in our campus fleet.
A Recognized Leader - Luther is proud to be recognized as one of the most sustainable schools in Iowa and the nation. Among recent distinctions, we earned a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) silver rating, a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award, and, in 2013, a listing as a top green college in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges and recognition by the Sierra Club as one of the nation's greenest universities.
About Maren Beard - As the Assistant Director for Campus Sustainability, Maren coordinates initiatives related to all aspects of sustainability on the Luther College campus. Maren's favorite part of her job is having the opportunity to work on energy, waste, food, transportation, equity and other issues with talented and dedicated staff from across campus. She also works to promote sustainability programming within Residence Life and oversees marketing and communication projects for the Center for Sustainable Communities. Maren serves as chair of the Food, Purchasing and Waste Task Group at Luther and as a board member for the Iowa Food Hub and Oneota Community Food Coop. She holds a M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College.
11:00 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Buffet luncheon begins
12:00 p.m. Program
1:00 p.m. Event ends
$15.00 per person. Please register online.
Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa
The dates for the academic year 2016–2017 are:
Friday, November 11th, 2016 - Maren Beard '08, Luther College Center for Sustainability
Friday, February 17th, 2017
Friday, April 21st, 2017
Eric Carlson '89, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw, '71, Anjie Shutts '93