Since its founding in 1861, Luther has remained true to its roots while preparing graduates to respond to a changing world. As we look ahead to the next century and beyond, global environmental problems, resource scarcity, and climate change will threaten the health of the planet. They will also present economic and operational challenges for Luther. Our commitment to relevant and transformative experiences for students pushes us to seek sustainability through greater efficiencies and new policies in operations while preparing graduates with the skills, knowledge, and experience to lead society in a more sustainable direction.
As a college of the church, striving for sustainability is anchored in our call to be good stewards of God’s creation and responsible citizens in the global community. As a strategic imperative, sustainability pushes us to reduce energy usage and consumption patterns and to explore renewable energy production strategies. By building upon Luther’s decision to be a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and the significant progress that has already been made, we must be bold in our efforts and become a leader within the educational community.
To do this, sustainability must weave itself into all areas of college life, including the curriculum and outreach programs that create awareness on campus and in the region. It must also guide decision-making in operations through the adoption of sustainable practices and the continued care for this special place—the land and physical plant that have been cherished by generations of Luther students, faculty, and staff for nearly 150 years.