Winneshiek County is leading Iowa with the most residential solar installed in the state. Learn how solar power and energy efficiency can benefit local residents financially and strengthen the community during the second annual Decorah Energy Extravaganza, hosted by Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities and the Winneshiek Energy District. The Extravaganza kicks-off with a residential open house Saturday, Oct. 24, showcasing more than 10 efficient and solar-powered homes open for visitors from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit www.energydistrict.org for a map and description of sites.
Luther College was awarded a $45,290 grant from ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program to support a collaborative summer research experience. Luther is one of eight recipients for the summer 2015 program, funded by the Freeman Foundation.
The grant will fund an opportunity for six Luther students and two Luther faculty to study urbanization in Hetou, China. The group will travel to Hetou on May 26, to spend four weeks on field research for their collaborative projects. Students will gather information in the form of interviews, focus groups and observations with migrant workers, villagers and local officials for research topics including urban planning, river population, migrant workers and education.
America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced today that Ann Mansfield, R.N., M.S.N. and project coordinator for NE Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship.
After backpacking, rock-climbing, and kayaking his way around the U.S. and Costa Rica, Chuck Stark, Luther College class of 2006, will present, "Exploring the World and Finding our Place" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
After hosting a lecture by "The Big Tiny" author Dee Williams last September, the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities will host a workshop for local tiny house owners and enthusiasts Saturday, April 25, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther College campus. The workshop is open to the public with no charge for admission, but registration is requested.
The Winneshiek Energy District, Iowa Dairy Center, Northeast Iowa Community College and Luther Center for Sustainable Communities are teaming up to host a Farm Solar "How-To" Workshop at Iowa Dairy Center, South of the Northeast Iowa Community College campus in Calmar, Iowa, at 1 p.m. Friday, April 10.
Calculations for Luther College's 2013-2014 Carbon Footprint have been completed and released.
The Center for Sustainable Communities is looking to hire a Food and Farm Fellow for the 2015 season.
Mid-September saw Luther College’s very own Dr. Laura Peterson jet off to sunny Barcelona, Spain to meet with other paleoclimatologists from colleges and universities around the world. There wasn’t much time for paella and strolling the cobbled streets, however, as she and her colleagues had an important matter to discuss: climate conditions during the Pliocene period.
Join the Center for Sustainable Communities for a workshop on how to assess, treat, and monitor invasive woody plant species on private land on December 13th.