Jon Jensen is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities and a faculty member in Environmental Studies. He provides oversight to all areas of sustainability at Luther as well as working to expand the Center's outreach to the community and region. Jensen is a member of the board of directors for AASHE and on the steering committee for UMACS (the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability). He works to promote sustainability in the curriculum at Luther, in the Midwest, and throughout the country and teaches courses on Environmental Philosophy, Food and the Environment, Environmental Leadership, and Sustainable Communities. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
As the Assistant Director for Campus Sustainability, Maren coordinates initiatives related to all aspects of sustainability on the Luther College campus. Maren's favorite part of her job is having the opportunity to work on energy, waste, food, transportation, equity and other issues with talented and dedicated staff from across campus. She also works to promote sustainability programming within Residence Life and oversees marketing and communication projects for the Center for Sustainable Communities. Maren serves as chair of the Food, Purchasing and Waste Task Group at Luther and as a board member for the Iowa Food Hub and Oneota Community Food Coop. She holds a M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College.
Emily is the Assistant Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities and a staff instructor in Environmental Studies. A passionate science educator, she has over 20 years of experience teaching people of all ages, on how to integrate concepts of wellness, sustainability and stewardship into their lives. Recognizing that human health is interconnected to the health of our planet, Emily oversees a wide array of healthy living and environmental programs at Luther, including the summer Discovery Camp programs, the Pre-College Environmental Studies Program and the Luther College Immersion Leadership Program. Additionally, Emily oversees outreach programs to regional schools. She works with teachers on integrating topics of sustainability into the curriculum and increasing STEM education. She supervises a team of FoodCorps/AmeriCorps members serving schools to help districts foster healthy environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve. She has a Masters in Science Education and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, both from the University of Iowa.
Jim Martin-Schramm is Professor of Religion and coordinates the Energy and Climate Program for the Center for Sustainable Communities. He recently completed a term of service on the board of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and is currently chair of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light and the Winneshiek Energy District. He also serves as Secretary of Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC. Jim joined the Religion faculty of Luther College in 1993. Most of his research has focused on ethics and public policy. He is the author or co-author of four books including Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy (Fortress Press, 2010). He holds a doctorate in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Arianna is the Energy and Waste Fellow at Luther College. A recent graduate of Beloit College as an Environmental Geology major; her work in sustainability began as a Sustainability Fellow studying energy conservation within Beloit College’s Facilities Department. Through this position, she works to conserve energy and reduce waste by engaging students, staff and faculty through outreach, programming and research. She also manages a variety of student workers throughout the office who work on improving campus sustainability around energy, waste, and transportation. She is excited to be returning to a midwestern college and provide students with the opportunity to engage meaningfully with sustainability.
Haleisa Johnson is Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative‘s Early Childhood Coordinator. A Winona State University graduate, she has experience in healthcare environments and healthy lifestyle education. She is working with Luther College of Sustainability, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Iowa Association of Education for Young Children and other local early childhood partners to increase opportunities for active play and healthy eating for our youngest population and their families.
Ann Mansfield is the project director of the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. She works with grass-roots leaders to create healthier communities by integrating organizational learning and systems thinking principles. This work is guided by a regional shared vision for increased access to local, healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Ann has 35 years of experience in health care and facilitation utilizing process improvement, multidisciplinary teams and systems leadership to achieve desired outcomes. Ann was an inaugural member of the America Walks Walking College Fellows program in 2015. Her degrees include BA-Nursing from Luther College and MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.