Luther hosts Zero Waste Picnic for first-year students

Sept. 8, 2010

Luther College first-year students and their families were introduced to the college's sustainability ethic—and its great food—at the Luther Zero Waste Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Approximately 1,000 people gathered on the Luther Bell Green to take part in the picnic. Grass Run Farm Burgers and other local foods were served on more than 1,500 flatbread plates—all made in the Luther bakery and all of which were composted after the event. Additionally, real glasses and silverware were used to eliminate the waste from thousands of paper or plastic utensils.

As guests learned about sustainability at Luther and the benefits of local foods, they were encouraged to take only what they could eat and compost all they could not finish—scraping leftovers onto a compost pile and tossing the edible plates onto Plate Mountain. The event demonstrated to incoming students that Luther is committed to sustainability, a message many will carry throughout their four years at Luther and beyond.

Planning for the event was a collaboration between the Luther Student Life Office and Luther Dining Services.

For more information on Luther’s commitment to sustainability and upcoming sustainable initiatives, please visit


Zero Waste Picnic's 'Plate Mountain'