Stumme-Diers named assistant sustainability coordinator

Sept. 2, 2009

Maren Stumme-Diers has been named to the position of assistant sustainability coordinator by Luther College President Richard Torgerson.

Stumme-Diers began her duties at Luther Sept. 1.

Working with Daniel Bellrichard, Luther sustainability coordinator, Stumme-Diers will help facilitate Luther’s diverse sustainability programs and initiatives with the goal of reducing the environmental impact of the institution. She will help engage students, faculty and staff in sustainability initiatives related to campus operations, student life, and teaching and research. 

She will assist Bellrichard in his work as a liaison between campus and community sustainability groups and in implementing strategies to achieve reductions in solid waste disposal and campus energy use. She will also assist with the college’s recycling program and supervise student work-study employees.

The assistant sustainability coordinator position at Luther is supported by funding from the Koebrick Endowment and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Before accepting the Luther position, Stumme-Diers served one year with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, working with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) in Baltimore as a program assistant for congregation and community engagement. Her work included serving on the LWR Climate Change Task Force as part of the organization’s strategic planning process.

Her experience in sustainability programs also includes work as a member of the planning committee and the publicity committee for the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability conference hosted by Luther College in April 2008.

Her volunteer experience includes work with the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry and the Oneota Community Food Co-op, both in Decorah, and work as an organic gardener, preparing produce for the Kootney Co-op in British Columbia, Canada.

A native of Ixonia, Wis., Stumme-Diers holds the bachelor of arts degree from Luther College with majors in Spanish and environmental studies. She was a member and co-leader of the college’s Environmental Concerns Organization 2004-08 and volunteered in the Luther Garden 2005-08.