Sustainability in the News

All press releases related to sustainability at Luther.

Luther vermicomposters

Luther brings vermicomposting to residence halls

Jan. 22, 2010

Ask Luther College students, “What is the Diet of Worms?” and they may explain it was the assembly in 1521 in Germany at which Martin Luther refused to recant his writings, stated “Here I stand.  I can do no other,” and inspired the Protestant Reformation. Or they may say “fruits and vegetables.”  

Luther students have started disposing of fruit and vegetable waste in worm composting bins installed Jan. 15 in seven of Luther’s residence halls by students from the Luther Sustainability program.

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Luther announces ACUPCC Climate Action Plan

Dec. 1, 2009

Luther College joined colleges and universities across the nation that announced their Climate Action Plans on Sept. 15. The plans developed by the educational institutions, which are all signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), contain the specific steps the schools are taking to reach climate neutrality by drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and long-term operational costs.

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Sampson Hoffland Laboratories

Sampson Hoffland Laboratories awarded prestigious LEED gold certification

Oct. 1, 2009

Luther College has received a gold certification from the internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification system in recognition of the environmentally friendly design and construction features incorporated in the college’s recently completed Sampson Hoffland Laboratories project.

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Vestas wind turbine

USDA's REAP program awards Luther grant, loan for wind turbine project

Sept. 28, 2009

Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture Secretary, has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program will award Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC, a $500,000 grant and a $1,302,385 loan to fund the installation of a 1.65 MW wind turbine that is expected to generate about one-third of the electrical energy consumed by the college each year.

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Vestas wind turbine

College to propose wind turbine in northwest Decorah

August 28, 2009

Luther College hopes to take a major step forward in its sustainability initiative in 2010 with the installation of a wind turbine that will generate about a third of the electrical energy used by the college each year.

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