Sustainability in the News

Jim Martin-Schramm, Luther College professor of religion and interim director of the center for sustainable communities gives a tour of the solar field

Luther College hosts renewable energy tour

On June 21, the summer solstice-the day with the most hours of daylight in the year, Luther College will host a public tour of its renewable energy facilities. The tour is part of the "Solar Works for Iowa" campaign, which is promoting similar events in communities across the state to discuss the potential for solar energy to heat and power Iowans' homes, businesses and farms.  

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Luther College new member of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge

United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 announced that Luther College is one of nine colleges named a new collegiate member of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge. FRC is a national initiative aimed at encouraging businesses, organizations and institutions to actively participate in food waste prevention, surplus food donation and food waste recycling activities.

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Luther Center for Sustainable Communities offers gardening classes

Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities is offering a series of gardening classes to Luther faculty, staff and students, and Decorah community members. The series includes free classes that aim to provide basic information for beginning gardeners, as well as a forum for more seasoned gardeners to share information and ask questions. The classes are lead by local community members who have extensive experience in gardening.

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Luther to host solar heating workshop March 29

According to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, heating bills for U.S. households using propane, heating oil, natural gas and electricity are expected to rise significantly in relation to last winter.

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Luther to host Rasmussen lecture on 'Vocation and Sustainability'

The CIC-NetVUE regional conference on Interreligious Reflection on Vocation and Sustainability that was scheduled to be held at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, March 7-8, has been canceled. Larry L. Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of social ethics at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, will still give the lecture "Vocation and Sustainability" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7.

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Luther College starts Cafeteria to Community program

Luther College student volunteers and dining service staff teamed up this fall to start a program that will help get good food to those who need it by delivering packaged food to the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry. Representatives from Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities and Dining Services, operated by Sodexo, are excited about the potential for this program to deliver healthy, homemade food into the homes of Northeast Iowans.

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Farm to School Month

Northeast Iowa celebrates Farm to School Month

Throughout October, students in Decorah and North Winneshiek Schools are getting a taste of locally produced food thanks to farm-to-school initiatives supported by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. Over the past three years, schools in Northeast Iowa have partnered with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative to celebrate Home Grown School Lunch Week, an event that honors local food and farms. This year, FFI, Decorah and North Winneshiek Schools have stepped up the celebration, extending it through October to observe the National Farm to School Month.

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Luther College’s Center for Sustainable Communities welcomes six new members

Luther College’s Center for Sustainable Communities welcomes six new AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members: Ashley Dress, Jake Geis, Felicia Pinto, Ashley Turk, Paige Wettach and Megan Woodward. This dedicated and diverse group of individuals comes from across the nation to volunteer for a year of service with one common goal: to help create a just and vibrant local food system and build active local communities. Housed at Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness initiative, members serve in 18 community school districts across the region.

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